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World’s Most Expensive Stamps (Part II)

Inverted Dendermonde -The Inverted Dendermonde, which shows the town hall upside down, is Belgium’s best contribution to the printing errors. Although this error leaked through two sheets of the stamp’s first run and one pane of the second, just 17 are known to still exist. It is rumored that two of these stamps were lost when a well-known stamp collector was murdered in ‘42. If you wanted to get your hands on one, you will be set back an estimated €75,000.

Inverted Jenny – Another printing error is what placed the big price tag on the Inverted Jenny.  Worth around €750,000, this stamp has an upside-down image of the Curtiss JN-4 airplane and was distributed in the US in ‘18. Only 100 copies got to make it through printing, which is why the Inverted Jenny is priced so highly.

Baden 9 Kreuzer – Rather than being valuable for an image error, the Baden 9-Kreuzer is a moneymaker because of a color error. A 9-Kreuzer stamp has the face value of 9-Kreuzer and is colored pink, whilst the 6-Kreuzer stamps were green. Though, an error in printing meant that a batch of 9-Kreuzer stamps were colored green, instead of pink. Only a few exist and one was sold in 2008 for more than €1 million.

The First Two Mauritius – Issued in 1847 in Mauritius during the British Colony, these stamps were modelled on the British stamps with an appearance of Queen Victoria. With just 26 copies known to still exist, it is no wonder that this stamp hold a value of over €1 million.

The Treskilling Yellow – The Treskilling Yellow is thought to be one of the most expensive postage stamps on earth due to the fact it should be printed in a blue-green color with the three-skilling print, but it was printed in yellow. This Swedish misprinted stamp issued in 1855 is deemed to be the only surviving copy to exist, which is why it is worth over €2.1 million.



World’s Most Expensive Stamps (Part I)

The Penny Black – Issued in the United Kingdom in ‘40, the Penny Black was the first stamp in the world, which is why this stamp is so valuable. Although not the most valuable or rarest collector’s item, they set the path for the future of British postage stamps. The Penny Black has a picture of Queen Victoria II and does not show the country of origin, as is custom today. Even though there are plenty of Penny Blacks for sale, an unused one can get a lucky owner around €3,000, making it a very popular with collectors.

Inverted Swan – The Inverted Swan is one of the most unique and famous stamps in the world, not because of its gracefulness, but rather because it was one of the first invert errors in the world. The Inverted Swan was given in Perth, Australia in 1855 when a complex process of producing these stamps through lithography was followed. However, contrary to belief, it is really the frame that is inverted rather than the swan. This famous stamp was last sold in ‘83 for €35,500.

Red Mercury – The Red Mercury stamp is very valuable due to its rarity. Rather than a postage stamp, the Red Mercury was for mailing newspapers. These stamps have an image of the Roman god and were printed in red, yellow, and blue based on a number of newspapers in the bundle. However, the Red Mercury was short lived and was soon replaced, which is why a small number of copies have survived and why they hold such a true value of €37,000.

Hawaiian Missionaries – In spite of the cheap blue paper that the Hawaiian Missionaries stamp was printed on, these are among the most valuable and rarest stamps of all time, now worth around €39,000. The Hawaiian Missionaries were the first stamps to be made in Hawaii.



Introduction to Stamp Collecting

What can you call a hobby which teaches so much and offers pleasure and fun. Stamp collecting helps educate the collector in biography, geography, art, history, and culture. Stamps are little gateways to the world.

Stamp collecting has practically no rules. You don’t have to purchase pricey rackets and sneakers to enjoy it. Though, there are some things to remember when collecting stamps.

WHICH STAMPS TO COLLECT?

One of the critical rules to remember is that the condition of a stamp is a vital consideration. Seriously mis-handled stamps and torn stamps are not only not pleasant to the eyes, but they aren’t worth much when compared to undamaged ones. Try to get the finest possible specimens. Stamps are rated in condition from poor to spectacular.

A stamp which can be called superb is one of the best quality, meaning it has brilliant colors, perfect gum, and perfect centering.

A used stamp can also be called spectacular, if it is good-looking, undamaged, and perfectly centered. Stamps are good when they are fairly attractive and off-center. There may be little blemishes like thin areas, huge hinge marks, and disturbed gum. Stamps which aren’t up to par should be discounted and aren’t worth buying by a serious collector. However, folks sometimes collect them as starters.

Since a stamp’s condition is crucial and stamps are only made of paper, when handling them it is vital to use caution. The best way to carefully handle stamps is with tongs.

Because stamps are tiny, it is hard to see all their smallest details with the naked eye. Magnifying glasses will aid you in seeing the design better and find small details which can help tell one stamp from another. You’ll soon find out that there are times when stamps look to be the same, but aren’t.




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