Nevis - Travel/Philately/Numismatics/Memorabilia Profile

Nevis, an Island in the Caribbean Sea located near the Northern end of the Lesser Antilles has a total land area of 35.9 square miles and a population of over 12,000.

Travel Resources:


ResourceISBN or ASINBest PriceDescription
Nevis Queen of the Caribees978-1405030083$1178 pages. Good background, historical, and cultural information for travelers.
St. Kitts and Nevis Kindle eBookB002BVLQIQ$9
St. Kitts-Nevis Adapter Plug D and GUFB001FD3KQW$13

Philatelic Profile:

The first stamps of Nevis were a set of four stamps released in 1861 featuring the medicinal spring allegory in four slightly varying designs. The set (Scott #1 to #4) catalogs for around $1900 mint and around $850 for used. The set were printed on a bluish wove unwatermarked but engraved paper. A variety of the same set in grayish wove paper was also released in the same year and that set (Scott #5 to #8) catalogs for around $600 mint and around $260 used. Several other varieties of the same set were the primary stamp issues of Nevis during the period till 1879. The sets in the interim are all very valuable. The most valuable was a variety of the 1sh green in yellow green on laid paper (Scott #13) that catalogs for around $17K mint and around $6K used.

The first stamps outside the Medicinal Spring theme was a set of two stamps released between 1879 and 1880 showing Queen Victoria (QV). The set (Scott #19 to #20) catalogs for around $200 mint and around $130 used. This was followed by another set of ten stamps in the same theme released between 1882 and 1890. That set (Scott #21 to #30) catalogs for around $1200 mint and around $850 used. Nevis stopped issuing stamps in 1890 and stamps of Leeward Islands were used during the period till 1903. From 1903 to 1956 stamps of Saint Kitts-Nevis and Leeward Islands were both used and from 1956 to 1980 only stamps of Saint Kitts was used. Nevis started issuing stamps again in 1980.

Other issues of Nevis enjoying good philatelic interest include:
  1. A set of thirteen stamps released on June 23, 1980 that were stroked-out versions of Saint Kitts-Nevis issues (Scott #357 to #369). The ‘St. Christopher’ and ‘St. Anguilla’ inscriptions in the stamps were stroked-out leaving the ‘Nevis’ inscription. The set (Scott #100 to #112) catalogs for around $7 MNH and around $5 for used.
  2. A set of fourteen stamps released on February 5, 1981 showing Landmarks. The set (Scott #121 to #134) catalogs for around $8 MNH or used. The designs show Charlestown Pier, Court House and Library, New River Mill, Nelson Museum, Saint James Parrish Church, Nevis Lane, Zetland Plantation, Nisbet Plantation, Pinney’s Beach, Eva Wilkin’s Studio, Nevis at Dawn, Fort Charles Ruins, Old Bath House, and Nisbet’s Beach.
  3. A set of three stamps released on May 16, 1984 in the Tourism theme. The set (Scott #276 to #279) catalogs for around $2 MNH or used. The designs show Golden Rock Inn, Rest Haven Inn, Cliffdwellers Hotel, and Pinney’s Beach Hotel. During this timeframe, Nevis issued a number of sets in the Leaders of the World theme. The sets were sold in large quantities at a fraction of the face value to the philatelic market. Even so, the distinct Se-tenant Pairs with striking designs catalog for a good premium over regular issues from the period as the sets (Scott #190 to #223, #258 to #266, #285 to #322, #383 to #390, etc) enjoy good philatelic interest. 
  4. A set of four stamps and a souvenir sheet released on August 22, 1994 showing Local Architecture. The set (Scott #867 to #870 and #871) catalogs for around $14 MNH or used. The designs show residence at Barnes Ghaut Village, house above grocery store in New castle, Treasury Building at Charlestown, house above supermarket at Charlestown, and apartment houses.
Numismatic Profile:

Counterstamped Spanish and French Colonial Coins were in use in Nevis prior to 1830 when sterling was established as the official currency. British West Indies Dollar became the standard currency in Nevis in 1935 followed by the East Caribbean Dollar.

Collectible Memorabilia:


ResourcePrice RangeDescription
Miscellaneous Collectibles$2 and upStickers and Patches start around $2. Historical and antique local scenes photos start around $25.



Last Updated: 12/2015.

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