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Stamp Fakes and Forgeries

It didn’t take long after the first stamp was issued in Great Britain in 1840 for stamp fakes and forgeries to emerge. By the early 1860s stamp forgeries were becoming quite common and they were appearing all over the world, incl. German and Italian States, South America and others. […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Stamps

We may be in the digital age but there are still many people who love to collect stamps and derive a great deal of pleasure from it. Stamp collecting is fairly inexpensive and whilst there are some rare stamps in the world that can command a fortune, most stamp collectors are engaged in the hobby for the joy of collecting and finding out about the history of the stamps they collect and the different genres their stamps belong to. Stamp collecting covers a wide variety of genres such as history, countries, different topics such as sports or animals and special issues. Some stamp collectors will focus on a particular genre whilst other collectors will be more generalist about what they collect. […]

Waterloo 200 Year Anniversary Stamps

The Royal Mail has just released a new set of stamps showing key moments from the Battle of Waterloo to mark its 200th anniversary. The famous Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815 and the famous victory orchestrated by the Duke of Wellington over Napoleon is represented in the stamps through the reproduction of six 19th century paintings that depict the battle. […]

A Brief History of Stamp Collecting

Ever since the launch of the very first postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued by Great Britain in 1840, stamp collecting started to gather interest. The Penny Black, featuring a young Queen Victoria was produced without perforations which meant it had to be cut from the sheet in order to be used. Today, unused Penny Blacks are a pretty rare stamp find but used examples turn up relatively frequently and fetch sums ranging from £15 to £150 depending on their condition. […]

Seasonal British Stamps

Seasonally-themed stamps have always been popular with collectors. Stamps depicting images from the four seasons and of course, Christmas-themed stamps are a regular sight every year. In fact, the first British Post Office Christmas stamp issue was in 1966 and there have been Christmas stamp issues every year since. […]