Barbuda stamps and postal history

Barbuda 1922-1923 KGV Overprinted Stamps

Barbuda 1922-1923 KGV 5 Shillings Overprinted Stamp Imperf Plate proof in issued colour

Although the stamps of both Antigua and Leeward Islands were valid for use in Barbuda, an Order in Council on 22nd June 1922 approved a separate issue. This was a retrospective act since the stamps had already been printed. The stamps of the current Leeward Islands design were used, overprinted by De La Rue in large sans serif capitals with BARBUDA, and were probably produced to generate revenue from philatelic sales. Although regarded as a somewhat dubious issue when released, the passage of time has lent it subsequent respectability.