Antigua and Barbuda : 40th Anniversary of the United Nations


Issue date: 18/11/1985



Aviation Pioneer Charles Lindbergh (1902‑1974); United Nations New York 25-cent stamp issued on 12/06/1978 (Safety in the air).



Imperf proof.

The design of the following First Day Cover was also used by Lesotho on 15 October 1985 (see at the following link: Lesotho : 40th Anniversary of the United Nations). The cover shows the three stamps of this issue.

The details of the other two stamps of this issue are given hereafter:

  1. 40-cent: Picture of Postmaster Benjamin Franklin; United Nations New York UPU 5-cent stamp (issued on 12 June 1953, stamp-on-stamp).
  2. 1-dollar: Picture of George Washington Carver, Agricultural Chemist; Nature conservation and protection 28-cent stamp (issued by the United Nations on 19 November 1982, stamp-on-stamp).


Background: In 1985, a five-nation (Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Grenada Grenadines, Sierra Leone) omnibus series (i.e. multination stamp series sharing a common design or a common theme but the designs vary) was arranged by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation of New York City (IGPC). Each postal administration released three stamps and a souvenir sheet to mark the 40th anniversary of the United Nations. The stamps featured a common format of portraits of famous personalities whose contributions have enriched the lives of people around the world. Also, each stamp was highlighted by the reproduction of earlier stamps issued by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA), emphasizing some of the many activities carried out by the United Nations.

On 12/08/1986, the 3 stamps of this issue were overprinted by Barbuda with BARBUDA MAIL (see at: Barbuda : 40th Anniversary of the United Nations).

IGPC currently serves as the philatelic agency for more than 70 nations.