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The stories behind some of the most valuable and error-ridden stamps in the world!

We live in a digital age where the art of letter writing has been virtually lost and people rarely send traditional post any more. However, stamp collecting is still an interesting hobby for millions of people across the world. Rare and unique stamps fetch hundreds or even thousands of pounds across the globe. We have created a short list of some of the most valuable stamps in the world which have become valuable because of mistakes. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of the stories behind them. […]

The very first Christmas stamps

About two centuries ago, sending mail was free for the sender because in order to receive the mail, the receiver had to pay a small amount of money. However, this practice led to serious problems in post offices because there were many recipients that didn’t want to take their mail. That’s why, Rowland Hill, an English schoolmaster, suggested the use of stamps. The first stamps became available in 1840. There were actually two types of stamps – the blue stamps that were worth two pence and the black stamp worth one penny. They both featured Queen Victoria. Thirty years later, the British Post Office introduced the half penny stamp used exclusively for sending cards (Christmas cards were invented in 1843). What is interesting to point out is that people had to use scissors in the postal office in order to separate stamps in case they needed one or two stamps (they didn’t have to buy a whole stamp sheet). In 1854, the British Post Office introduced perforated stamps which simplified the process considerably. […]

A guide to inheriting stamps – what to do with your inherited collection

If you are already a stamp collector then I’m sure you’d be delighted to find out that you have inherited a stamp collection. However, if you have never practiced such activity, you may be wondering what to do next. There are basically three options for those who have inherited a stamp collection. These three options are: […]

New Zealand Celebrate HRH With a Commemorative Stamp

Monarchy in New Zealand has a long history and dates back from the early 19th century. According to the Constitution Act from 1986, the Queen, the Sovereign in right of New Zealand is actually the Head of State. This is one of the reasons why the New Zealand Post has recently revealed a set of stamps dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II. The inspiration was found in the fact that Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in the history of New Zealand….and of the UK for that matter! […]

How a Stamp Led To Murder

Rare stamps are coveted throughout the world and because of the monetary value that can be placed on them, the desire to own a valuable stamp can lead to a sinister outcome. Such was the case for Gaston Leroux in 1892. Gaston lived in Paris, France and was a man of considerable wealth. With a passion for stamp collecting, Gaston had amassed an impressive and valuable collection of stamps. So valuable in fact, that it turned out to be too much of a temptation for one of his friends and associates. […]