Own One of the Rarest and Most Famous Stamps in the World
This is your chance to add the scarce and highly sought-after 1851-52 5¢ Blue Hawaiian Missionary stamp to your collection. It is a Crocker Type II, the righthand position in the setting of two with a distinctive small "n" in "Cents" that is found only on the 5¢ Type II. Mostly full margins with bold Crossed Bars cancel (Type 71 with circle).
Not many early Hawaii Missionary stamps are found without repairs today, but this example is one of them. That being the case, it does have one or two small wrinkles and creases and a couple of tiny margin tears. It also has a nearly invisible hinge-sealed horizontal tear at the upper left about halfway across above "Hawaiian." Despite these minor flaws, this Hawaii #2 is a very fine example of this stamp rarity.
The chances of finding another #H2 as attractive as this are slim... If you're a serious Hawaii collector and want this stamp in your collection, don't wait – give us a call today.
More About the Hawaiian Missionary Stamps (As Written by Philatelic Expert Ken Lawrence)...
The Hawaiian Islands have beckoned and beguiled Americans for at least two centuries. By the mid-19th century, Protestant Christian missionaries had settled in that Polynesian paradise, located in the Pacific Ocean about 2,400 miles west and south of the continental United States, and had initiated religious and educational work among the indigenous residents. In those days, the Hawaiian Kingdom was a constitutional monarchy whose independence had been recognized by the United States in 1842, led by King Kamehameha III.
Nearly all early mail from Hawaii consists of missionaries' letters and publications to America. For that reason, the country's first postage stamps, issued in 1851, are known as Hawaiian Missionaries. They are among the rarest and most famous stamps in the world. After the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898, Hawaiian stamps became philatelically even more important as issue of a US possession.