Yossi Dotan writes:
Regarding the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta Stamp, there is also a numismatic angle: it was depicted on two coins of the
British Virgin Islands issued in 2004 that commemorated the 125th anniversary of the death of Rowland Hill, the inventor of the postage
stamp—a red titanium 5-dollar coin (KM#284) and a bimetallic 75-dollar coin composed of a red titanium core in a gold ring (KM#285). The
red color of the titanium alludes to the magenta color of the stamp.
Attached are images of the two coins, that of the 75-dollar coin was taken from a sales promotion by the Pobjoy Mint.
The E-Sylum of October 23, 2005 included a description of the coins. They were listed in my book Watercraft on World Coins, Volume
II: America and Asia, 1800-2008 because of the ship on the stamp. She is the vessel that was shown on British Guiana's colonial
Thanks! David Sundman forwarded a New York Times article about the exhibit. Here's an excerpt. -Editor
boy in Queens with a couple of stamp albums, Stuart Weitzman stared at the blank spaces for two of the world’s most famous stamps — spaces
that he figured he would never fill. One was for an 1856 One-Cent Magenta from British Guiana, and there is only one One-Cent Magenta in
all the world.
Mr. Weitzman, 73, pretty much gave up stamp collecting in his late teens and went on to achieve notoriety and wealth designing shoes —
strappy gladiator sandals, sultry thigh-high boots and dozens of others made from everything from cork to Lucite, even 24-karat gold.
But Mr. Weitzman never forgot about the One-Cent Magenta, and he fulfilled his boyhood dream last year when he bought the stamp
anonymously at auction for $9.5 million.
His identity as the buyer was revealed on Thursday, the same day the stamp went on display at the National Postal Museum in Washington.
Mr. Weitzman has lent the stamp to the museum for two and a half years.
So for nearly a year, the man behind the Nudist, a sandal with thin straps and pin heels, has owned a stamp that is barely big enough to
cover a birthmark on a supermodel.
“The stamp looked so tiny,” he added.
To some philatelists, the One-Cent Magenta is the “Mona Lisa” of stamps, perhaps not inscrutable but certainly incomparable. Die-hard
collectors tend to be more interested in the back than the front, which has an image of a schooner and a Latin motto that is usually
translated as “We give and we take in return.” It bears the initials from a clerk at the post office where it was originally sold and from
past owners. There is even an unusual-looking star, yet another mark of a past owner.
Unlike the famous Inverted Jenny, the 1918 United States stamp that was mistakenly printed with an upside-down biplane known as a Jenny,
the One-Cent Magenta is not just rare, it is unique. There are 100 Inverted Jennies. As Mr. Weitzman learned as a child, no other One-Cent
Magentas are known to exist, and until it went on a tour arranged by Sotheby’s before the sale last year, it had not been seen in public
since the 1980s.
David Sundman adds:
The buyer also bought my brother Donald Sundman's Jenny Invert plate block. Don owns Mystic Stamp Company in Camden, New York.
To read the complete article, see:
Stamp, Tiny and Rare, Fulfills a Boyhood Dream
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JUNE 7, 2015 : 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta
Stamp Displayed (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n23a10.html)
MORE STAMPS ON COINS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v08n45a19.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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