Grenada Grenadines - Travel/Philately/Numismatics/Memorabilia Profile

Grenada Grenadines, a part of the Grenada located north of the Island of Grenada in the Caribbean are a group of small islands – Carriacou, Ronde, and Petit Martinque are the main ones and the combined population is only a few thousands.











Travel Resources:


ResourceISBN or ASINBest PriceDescription
Rum & Reggae’s Grenadines: Including St. Vincent & Grenada978-1893675094$12Great concise guide to the area geared toward the savvy and sophisticated traveler.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines MapB001KWERAQ$16
Grenadines Grounded Adapter Plug Kit – GUB, GUD and GUFB001FD7DKG$24


Philatelic Profile:

Although Grenadines is part of the country of Grenada, they started issuing stamps in 1973 primarily for the philatelic market – as with many other countries with very small population, serving the philatelic market is a lucrative option as the number of stamp collectors worldwide is estimated to be over 30 million. The first stamps of Grenadines were a set of two stamps released on December 23, 1973 to mark the wedding of Princess Anne and Captian Mark Philips. They were overprints on Grenada issues #516-517a. The set and the souvenir sheet of two (Scott #1 to #2 and #2a) are inexpensive and catalogs for less than two dollars MNH or used. A number of “Grenadines” overprints on Grenada issues followed until 1975 and those sets are also inexpensive. The one exception is overprints on Grenada issues from 1968 to 1971 in the Fauna theme. The Grenada set (Scott #294 to #309) is pretty valuable at around $35 MNH and $50 used. The Grenadines overprint on part of this set (Scott #3 to #14) catalogs for around $20 MNH and $12 used.

Most of the stamp issues of Grenada Grenadines during the first 5 years were sold in huge remainder lots as Cancelled-to-Order (CTO) issues. They generally have lower catalog value and have limited collector interest. Other issues of Grenada Grenadines enjoying good philatelic interest include:
  1. The first original issues of Grenada Grenadines were a set of seven stamps released on June 24, 1975 in the Easter Paintings of the Crucifixion theme. The set (Scott #59 to #65) catalogs for around $2 MNH or used. The population in the area is overwhelmingly christian and a sizable majority is very religious. Christmas theme is the most popular among Grenadine issues.
  2. A long set of nineteen stamps released on August 6, 1980 in the Fish theme. The set (Scott #392 to #410) catalogs for around $12 MNH or used. The designs show bue chromis, foureye butterflyfish, segeant major, yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, cocoa damselfish, royal gramma, cherubfish, blackbar soldierfish, comb grouper, longsnout butterflyfish, pudding wife, midnight parrotfish, redspotted hawkfish, hogfish, Beau Gregory, rock beauty, and barred hamlet. Marine Life along with other Fauna is a common theme in Grenadine issues. All of those sets are valued in the $5 to $15 range.
  3. A set of twenty stamps in two sheets and a souvenir sheet released on May 7, 1998 in the Great Ships and Shipwrecks theme. The set (Scott #2013, #2014, and #2015 to #2016) catalogs for around $20 MNH or used. This was a sister set to another set of fourteen stamps and two souvenir sheets released on August 14, 1996. That set (Scott #1859, #1860, #1861a-f, #1862a-f, and #1863 to #1864) catalogs in a very similar range as well. Transportation is another common theme among Grenadine issues.
Numismatic Profile:

Grenadines have not issued their own coins. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the currency used in the Grenadines.

Last Updated: 12/2015.

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