Barbuda - Travel/Philately/Numismatics/Memorabilia Profile

Barbuda is a small Island and is a part of the country of Antigua & Barbuda consisting of the two islands. The Island of Barbuda has a total land area of just over 60 square miles and diminutive population of less than 1400.

Travel Resources:


ResourceISBN or ASINBest PriceDescription
Antigua and Barbuda Island Guide978-0615218373$14Written by a former Peace Corps volunteer who lived, researched, and wrote the book. It is a good source for detailed maps, directions, accommodations, and food that can fit your budget.
Antigua and Barbuda Map by International Travel Maps978-1553411291$111:35,000 scale. Distances in kilometers and miles. Shows airports, bus stations, points of interest, accommodations, beaches, reefs, golf courses, etc.
Antigua Barbuda Grounded Adapter Kit – GUA and GUDB001FD7BY4$15
Antigua & Barbuda AccommodationNAVaries

Philatelic Profile:
Barbuda has issued close to 2000 different stamps despite its very small population. The obvious explanation is that Barbuda issues stamps primarily for the philately market. Stamps of Barbuda are also peculiar in that they issue stamps in spite of being only a part of the country of Antigua and Barbuda. Barbuda stamps can be used in Antigua and vice-versa. The first separate issue came as early as 1922, with ‘Barbuda’ overprints of stamps of the Leeward Islands. Stamps of Antigua and Leeward Islands were both used for postage until 1968. Between 1971 and1973, Antigua stamps were exclusively used. Barbuda issued its own stamps between 1968 and 1971 and then from 1973.

The first stamps of Barbuda were Leeward Islands KGV Key Types of 1912-22 (Scott #51 to #60) overprinted ‘Barbuda’ in black. The set of eleven stamps (Scott #1 to #11) is very valuable at around $350 MNH and around $500 used. The denominations go from half pence all the way up to 5 shillings and the catalog values also go progressively higher. Before and after this two year period, stamps of the Leeward Islands and Antigua were in use in Barbuda.

A set of seventeen stamps (Scott#12 to #28) in the Map and Fish themes issued between 1968 and 1970 are the first stamps with ‘Barbuda’ inscription. The denominations are from half a cent all the way up to $5. The MNH catalog values are almost at par to face values with the used cataloging slightly higher. The set is valued at around $20 MNH and around $30 used. Close to hundred different stamps were issued in the period from 1968 to October 1971. They were very colorful issues with designs that included prominent world figures and Christian themes. Most of these stamps are not valuable cataloging well below face value.

Stamps of Antigua were in use in Barbuda during the period from October 1971 to December 1973. The first issues of Barbuda after the hiatus were Barbuda overprints on stamps of Antigua. The practice continued until September 1974. Around 60-odd overprints were issued during this period. These stamps again are not especially valuable. Overprints on the UPU Centennial Set of seven stamps issued July 15, 1974 (Scott #148 to 154) are the only stamps that catalog for above face value. The set catalogs for around $15 MNH and slightly higher for used. The first issue with a Barbuda inscription was interestingly issued as a part of a set that also included overprints of Antigua issues. The theme of the set (Scott #160 to #166) is the World Cup Soccer Championships and included stamps in seven denominations from 5c to $2.50. The stamps with denominations of 35c, $1.20, and $2.50 had Barbuda inscriptions while the rest of the set were overprints. The practice of issuing stamps with Barbuda inscription as well as Barbuda overprints has continued ever since. A number of stamps with Barbuda inscription were issued in the 70s and early 80s. Most of them catalog less than face value. Between 1988 and 1995, only four designs with the Barbuda inscription were issued. These are relatively more valuable:

  1. The birds set of four stamps (Scott #1164 to #1171) released March 25, 1991. The set catalogs for around $25 for either MNH or used. The denominations are from 60c to $7.
  2. A stamp (Scott #1550) issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II issued November 13, 1995. It depicts German bombers over St. Pauls Cathedral over London and is denominated at $8. The stamp catalogs for around $30 MNH or used.
  3. A stamp (Scott #1551) issued to mark the 95th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth. The stamp is denominated at $7.50 and catalogs for around $30 MNH or used.
  4. A stamp (Scott #1552) issued November 27, 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of United Nations. It depicts Manhattan skyline with the UN building prominently showing. The stamp denominated at $8 catalogs for around $20 MNH or used.
From 1995 onwards, Barbuda has only issued stamps with Barbuda overprints.

Numismatic Profile:

See Antigua & Barbuda.


Last Updated: 12/2015. 
 

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