First Issues
North & Central America

   
 Anguilla, 1989
agnetic cards supplied by GPT are in use in this Caribbean island. The first issue was a set of four phonecards with deep notch and the same picture, and different face values: EC$5.40, EC$10, EC$20, EC$40. The lowest value in the set was included in Cable & Wireless collectors pack of British West Indies and was not in general use locally.
   
 Antigua & Barbuda, 1989
s for most of the Caribbean islands, even for Antigua and Barbuda a set of four phonecards was supplied by GPT, all with the same image of Nelson's Dockyard but different values: EC$5.40, EC$10, EC$20, EC$40; the first value, just 1,000 printed, was not on sale in Antigua but it was included in the Cable and Wireless collectors pack.
   
 Bahamas, 1992
hip cards supplied by Gemplus were introduced in 1992; while now they are beautiful pictorial cards, the first one was a provisional white card with Batelco logo. The controls were hand-written on each card.
   
 Barbados, 1989
et another first issue supplied by GPT for this Caribbean island. As usual, four phonecards with same image but different values: B$4, B$10, B$20, B$40: all with deep notch but B$20 value exists with small notch too. The B$4 card was included in the Cable and Wireless collectors pack of British West Indies cards and not on sale on Barbados.
   
 Cayman Islands, 1986
agstripe cards were originally supplied by Autelca to Cable and Wireless who run the telephone service for the islands. Values were given in both units and in Cayman Islands Dollars at 10 cents per unit, and there were three values: 75, 300 and 500 units. In 1991 Autelca cards were discontinued and GPT system was installed. Current GPT cards are designated in currency only, and the first one celebrated the Christmas 1991.
   
 Costa Rica, 1989
set of 3 definitives was issued by GPT: 50 units (15,000 printed), 100 units (7,500), and 800 units (2,500) and they went on trial in 1989. After some years of silence, a new set of pictorial magnetic cards were issued and then, in 1996, magnetic cards were withdrawn and new public payphones based on chip card technology were installed and are now in use.
   
 Cuba, 1994
he first set of cards, by Intertel s.a., had a mintage of 50,000 each and they were manufactured by Schlumberger, France, and denominated in U.S. dollars. More recently, other Companies, Etecsa y Amper Cuba and Urmet have had chip cards on trial there, and Urmet tested some magstripe cards too, but chip cards are actually extensively used in the Country and several designs have alreaqdy been issued.
   
 Dominica, 1989
he first phonecards issued in this caribbean island were a set of 4 with the same view and EC$5.40, EC$10, EC$20, EC$40 values. As usual for these GPT issues, the EC$5.40 value was included in the collectors pack and not on sale on the island. The card has a small notch and 2CDMA control. It seems that also a previous printing of 1,100 cards with 1CDMA had been dispatched, but no one knows what happened to them. The other values have deep notch and 1CDM...control.
   
 Grenada, 1989
s for other Caribbean islands, also for Grenada GPT manufactured a set of 4 cards (EC$5.40, EC$10, EC$20, EC$40), all with the same picture on them, and the EC$5.40 value was included in the Cable & Wireless West Indies Collectors Pack and not for sale in the island. The card had a deep notch and control 1CGR.... In 1990, the same set was re-issued, but with 2CGR... control, and small notch.
   
 Jamaica, 1990
ven if this is the largest of the Caribbean Islands, Jamaica started rather late to issue telephone cards, compared with the rest of the Caribbean; but several subjects have been issued up to now in large quantities. Cards are by GPT, and the first ones to be used were the standard Albert Dock that the English company supplied when installing the phones. There were 4 values, 10u, 50u, 100u, and 500u, with control number 1JAM..., and a low printing that seems to be 1,000 each.
   
 Montserrat, 1989
set of four cards (EC$5.40, EC$10, EC$20, EC$40) was the first issue of this Caribbean island, manufactured by GPT. All the cards had the same picture, and the lowest value, which has a small notch, was not on general sale locally, but it was included in a Cable & Wireless collectors pack of British West Indies cards and its control is 2CMTA. The other values exist both with deep notch, control 1CMT..., and with small notch, control 2CMT...
   
 St. Kitts & Nevis, 1986
utelca magstripe cards have been in use from 1986 to 1989 in the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, and a set of 3 definitives had been supplied: 15, 25 and 50 units. In 1989, GPT system replaced the Autelca one, and these cards are still in use.


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