1867 One Shilling Missing Virgin Stamp
The 1867 One Shilling Missing Virgin Stamp is an famous error postage stamp produced for use on the British Virgin Islands in 1867.
The one shilling, black and rose carmine stamp was produced in 1867, and was intended to feature an image of the Virgin Mary. However, a small number of examples were printed without the letterpress image
Rarity and value
It has been described as "one of the world’s greatest and most sought after rarities", with only five examples known to exist. One resides in the Royal Philatelic Collection owned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with others in private collections around the world.
The majority of examples are trimmed, and feature perforations on one or two sides. The finest known example, fresh and unused without gum, was part of the Chartwell Collection created by famed philatelist Sir Cyril Humphrey Cripps.
At a sale of the collection in June 2011 by the auction house Spink and Son, the stamp was offered with an estimated value of £50,000 - £60,000. It was sold to an anonymous bidder for a price of £144,000 (including buyer's premium), a World Record auction price for a British Virgin islands Stamp.