Stamp Info

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. […]

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. […]