World Stamps

Netherlands Antilles 2003 Butterfly block of 12 selling well above Scott catalog value

May 2, 2021, 10 PM
The Netherlands Antilles 2003 block of 12 Butterfly stamps (Scott 1005) is in demand in mint never-hinged condition and selling for multiples of its Scott catalog value.

By Henry Gitner and Rick Miller

Netherlands Antilles was a former Dutch colony comprising the Caribbean islands of St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.

In 1954, it became a constituent country in the Kingdom of Netherlands. The island of Aruba became a separate country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Jan. 1, 1986.

On Oct. 10, 2010, Netherlands Antilles became a dead country. Its constituent islands were reorganized as Caribbean Netherlands, Curacao and St. Maarten.

On April 23, 2003, Netherlands Antilles issued a set of 12 se-tenant Butterfly stamps (Scott 1005). The stamps were printed in sheets of 24, as two blocks of 12 separated by a central gutter.

The 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values a block of 12 se-tenant Butterfly stamps at $13.50 in mint never-hinged condition.

There is strong and steady demand for this block of 12 stamps, because butterflies are one of the most popular topics in stamp collecting.

Mint never-hinged blocks of 12 are selling in the $40-to-$50 price range. If you find a pane selling for anywhere close to Scott catalog value, it would be a real steal.