British Virgin Islands 2004 - Worlds First Red Coin: Rare Guiana Stamp - Titanium

Product Code: L1164200

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Coin Highlights

  • 2004 990 Red Titanium
  • Issued on behalf of the British Virgin Islands
  • Issue: 7,500
  • Unique presentation box and certificate
  • Also available as: Gold and Red Titanium Bi-Metal

Description

Featuring the World’s rarest stamp and also to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Life of Sir Rowland Hill, Pobjoy Mint issued the first Red coin in the world on behalf of the British Virgin Islands.

Regarded as the rarest stamp in the world and also one of the most expensive, this stamp was issued in limited numbers in British Guiana in 1856.  The stamp is printed in black on magenta paper and features a sailing ship with the colony’s motto - "Damus Petimus. Que Vicissim" - which is carefully replicated on the reverse of this remarkable new issue

The issue of this stamp happened through chance when an anticipated arrive of local stamps never arrived.  The local postmaster, therefore, authorised the printer who published the local paper to print an emergency issue of three stamps.  However, the postmaster was not pleased with the end result and to protect against forgery, all the stamps had to be autographed by the post office clerks.  Only one copy of the stamp is known to exist and this was bought in 1980 for $935,000, making it one of the most expensive stamps ever.

Two denominations of this highly attractive coin are available. The $5 piece is struck in titanium which has been passed through a special heat process to convert it to the red colour of this exceedingly rare stamp. The bi-metal $75 coin is struck in a combination of fine gold and the red titanium.

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Rowland Hill was born in 1795 in Kidderminster, England and died in 1879.  He will be remembered as the initiator of the postal reforms and the man behind the establishment of the Penny Post and the introduction of the system which charged a uniform pre-paid rate for the delivery of letter to any address in the United Kingdom.  Rowland Hill served at the Post Office from 1840-1842, was made Secretary to the Postmaster General in 1846 and became Secretary to the Post Office for ten years in 1854.  He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1860.

These unique red coins for the BVI are available in two versions: a $5 Red Titanium and a $75 Bi-Metal of Gold and Red Titanium.  The coins have been put through a special heat process which turns the titanium red to show the colour of this rare stamp which is reproduced on the coins.  The obverse of the coins carries an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS FSNAD. 

Due to the difficulty of striking titanium, the metal is as strong as steel but 45% lighter, each coin in this series is truly exclusive as no two titanium coins are exactly the same. Each collector's coin also features a lined effect that is present as a result of the unmistakeable qualities of titanium.  

Metal 990 Titanium
Diameter 10.00gms
Weight 36.1mm
Issue Limit 7,500

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