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Stamp collecting is a rewarding hobby. A beginner can be perfectly happy with an album of pretty pictures whereas an advanced collector might be more interested in a detailed study of a single stamp. The right way to collect is the way that makes you happy.

Stamp Collecting – What to Collect

When you first start stamp collecting, start simple. Affordable packets of used stamps can be found at stamp dealers and hobby stores which are an excellent start. Make sure the pack contains all different stamps as variety and quantity are important at this early stage. Then start sorting through your collection.

There is no right way to sort your collection, though sorting by country is one of the most common methods. Another method is topical collecting where you sort your collection by the subject represented on the stamp. Once you have arranged your collection you should have formed an idea of what direction it should take. At this stage it can be useful to borrow a book from the library in order to decide what you wish to collect. Joining a stamp collectors club or online discussion group will help to gain more knowledge about your collection and the types of stamps you are collecting.

At this stage you will also have identified stamps in your stamp collection that don’t interest you. Finding other stamp collecting enthusiasts to swap stamps with can be mutually beneficial and fun.

As your collection grows you may begin to gain a good idea of the values of your stamps and how rare they are and will find it easier to know the direction of your collecting interests. Stamp catalogues and price guides can give you a current market value for a given stamp issue. The most widely recognized catalogues include: the Scott Postage Stamp Catalog, Stanley Gibbons for Great Britain issues, Yvert & Tellier for French issues, Unitrade for Canadian issues, and Minkus and Harris US/BNA for United States issues

Stamp Collecting – Where to Buy Stamps

In times gone past you had to go to specialist hobbyist shops or swap and purchase stamps through other collectors to obtain specific stamps, or you could try your local post office. Nowadays there are many places where you can buy stamps. There are a multitude of websites where you can purchase anything from bags of stamps for novice collectors to rare and specialty stamps for seasoned collectors. The advantage of using the internet is the ability to research and quickly purchase a missing item from a collection. The disadvantage, however, is that the actual condition and quality of the stamp may be difficult to determine. Most of the reliable websites include a clear photo but for those collectors who insist on perfect quality, finding a dealer where the stamps may be viewed in person is a preferred option. Specialty stores that sell coins, stamps and small collectibles are often found in the larger metropolitan areas. Antique stores are another valid source for locating rare and valuable stamps. A collector who uses the Internet for general pricing knowledge and purchases through a store or dealer often ends up finding the best pricing and locating the preferred quality samples.

Useful Websites:

For more information on philately stamp collecting such as specific info on commonwealth , u.s , and commemorative stamps , old and rare stamps and more, please visit the specific pages listed. For each of the countries listed i’ve tried to include all of the most interesting and relevant information that a collector would need , including some great links to online stores and links to sites that can more accurately value your stamp collection. I’ll be constantly adding to and updating the site, and appreciate hearing from my visitors so please contact us with any questions or comments.


Stamps vs Gambling Addiction

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Are you a gambling addict who has made the decision to sell your stamps collection? If so, congratulations, you are a member of the largest segment of people who need help. While you are aware that you have a problem, you must recognize that this is an addiction and to effectively overcome it you must first know the underlying causes of your addiction.

This means first of all that it is not just a one way street in which you have to spend money and lose more money. No, what you will find when you begin to consider the reasons why you have this problem is that there are many different reasons that can be traced to your addiction. However, before you can tackle this you need to identify what exactly triggers the addictive pattern that you are now involved in.

One of the biggest contributing factors that leads to the addiction is that you would like to find excitement in the excitement of gambling. For those who are addicted to gambling, they want excitement so badly that they can find it by gambling away their money. It is this individual or group of individuals that you must confront and face down if you wish to come out of this addiction. This is something that every gambling addict must do if they want to win back the lost money.

But it is important to understand that there is no single thing that will cure this particular problem. Rather, this is a matter of understanding that addiction is a disease. Addiction is not something that can be cured by simply engaging in some new habit or doing some of the new rituals that you will find online.

As a betting addict you are starting to develop an addiction to the thrill of online gambling but without ever having to leave your computer and there is also the added fact that your online gambling addiction is only contained to a computer screen. That means that when you get into online gambling you are really on a screen and it is only through this screen that you have any kind of interaction with the person who is actually gambling with you.

In addition to this, you also have to realize that online gambling at bola88 website really is all about the experience. It is so much about the virtual gambling experience that you really have no way of knowing if it is really real. It is about the adrenaline rush that is released, the thrill of winning and even more importantly the intense anticipation that you feel for the next gamble that you are going to take.

This means that you have to make a conscious effort to keep from being hooked on this form of gambling. You must find something that actually enhances the fun and pleasure of online gambling and not just give you another urge to gamble.

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New Zealand Stamps

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Guide to The Stamps of New Zealand

When looking to expand your stamp collection it is hard for many to make up their mind as to a new direction to take. For those collectors out there bored of their same-old album pages, New Zealand has all the ingredients for a collector to create a great new section to your album. Or if you’re a collector of commonwealth stamps, then perhaps the stamps of new zealand could be an interesting addition to your collection.

From 1855, when the first set of un-perforated Queen Victoria stamps, postage stamps in New Zealand have evolved into the highly attractive designs of the 12st century. Indeed this country has a philatelic history that rivals Britain, where the first stamp was produced in 1840.

The stamps of New Zealand are as varied as many other western developed nations. Postal services in New Zealand, like neighboring Australia, were firmly established during the colonial eras. This has resulted in a wealth of philatelic history. Stamps, both rare, and the readily available, are diverse and collectible as any other region that boasts such a history. Seasonal collections, artistic reproductions and many other interesting sets are released throughout the year.

A common direction taken by collectors is that of specialization in stamps that depict animal species, famous people, monarchs and a host of other subjects. The wide range of New Zealand postage stamps issued contains plenty of opportunities for the specialized collector. Indigenous plants, animals, architecture and famous people are all examples of the diverse range of genres available to collectors.

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1906 Christchurch Exhibition Stamps

Old New Zealand Stamps

For those with a taste for older stamps, the 1946 Peace collection are a marvelous addition to any collector’s album. For its time, this 11 piece collection has some remarkably bright and vivid colors and it is available at a very affordable price as little as $5 for the set. The 1906 Christchurch Exhibition set are equally impressive but are rarer, over the $2000 mark, but to the more affluent avid collectors, the price tag may be a just blur.

Rare New Zealand Stamps

Rare stamps include the popular 1932 Health stamp. This interesting stamp is a desirable collector’s item due to its depiction of Hygeia, the Greek health god. Its notoriety is less to do with Greek Mythology and more to the scantily-clad maiden it bears. Collectors of erotic stamps find this example very desirable.

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1932 Health stamp

Once postage stamps of New Zealand have become a new page in your album, you will be guaranteed that your collection will be vibrant and colorful. So take a look at New Zealand stamps, it might be what your album has been waiting for!

Where to Buy New Zealand Stamps

New Zealand postage stamps can be sought from many sources, online and on the high street. As with any item where expert knowledge is preferred, a reputable dealer is the best choice when looking for rarer, costlier item as they offer a higher protection (via reputation) against fraud. is one of the largest online stores  for stamp collector’s. Follow the link to their page on New Zealand stamps offers a combination of Individual items for sale, Standard catalogue offerings and Current Postal Bid Sale Listings. provides a concise list of Auctions, collectors and traders, and stamps dealers websites specializing in New Zealand Stamps

For a list of more general websites selling stamps online please visit my stamp collecting home page.

What’s my collection worth? deals in New Zealand Stamps (among many others as well) and provides a collection valuation service, for members who choose to subscribe to their service.

Ashford Stamps Limited offers a valuation service for new Zealand stamps in addition to their online auction and stamp sales

Stanley Gibbons also offers a valuation service and have an extensive database which includes stamps of new Zealand. They charge an annual subscription fee for this service

Clubs and Societies:

The New Zealand Stamp Collectors Club was founded in 1944 and is one of the larger stamp clubs in New Zealand.  Despite its name, members collect from a great many countries and thematic collecting is particularly strong within the group.

The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand aims to be the hub for the more advanced collectors of the stamps and postal history of New Zealand, as well as experienced collectors, researchers, writers, exhibitors and judges of all philatelic tastes within New Zealand.  Eight of their members have signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists. They have an extensive and informative website.

Due to the popularity of philately in New Zealand there are a large number of national and local philatelic clubs and societies. Click here to view a complete list.


Australia Stamps

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Stamp collecting is a popular hobby in many areas of the world. This is especially true in Australia, where philately is a common hobby among all types of people.

Popular Australian Stamps

There are a wide range of Australian stamps issued every year, and it is sometimes surprising to see which stamps prove the most popular. Each year, the most popular stamp in Australia is determined as thousands of Australians vote for their favorite stamp design. The winner is given the distinguished Australia Post Stamp Design Award. Past winners of this award include:

-Sports Treasures (2005): These were popular with sports lovers, because they included pictures of Lionel Rose’s boxing gloves, Sir Donald Bradman’s baggy green, Marjorie Jackson’s running spikes and Phar Lap’s racing silks.

-Working Dogs (2008): This set featured pictures of “working dogs” such as border collies and German shepherds. The favorite stamp from the Working Dogs stamp issue was one depicting a border collie.

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working dogs 2008

-Australian Songbirds (2009): Featured birds from this beautiful stamp issue included the Scarlet Honeyeater, the Green Catbird, the Mangrove Golden Whistler and the Noisy Scrub-bird.

Rare Australian Stamps

Avid Australian stamp collectors especially enjoy finding and obtaining the most valuable and rare Australian stamps. These tend to be older stamps with especially distinctive or memorable designs. However, just because a stamp is old doesn’t necessarily mean it is valuable, especially if it was produced in large quantities. Scarcity is the determining factor of a stamp’s value. Some of the rarest Australian stamps are listed below:

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inverted swan 1855

-Inverted Swan stamp (1855): This extremely rare stamp was one of the first ever featuring a frame invert error. The Black Swan, an Australian symbol, was printed upside down. There are only 15 of these stamps still in existence, which is why each one is valued at US $60,000.

-King George V Head Stamps: There are a variety of stamps depicting King George V, but not all of these are valuable. The rarest examples of the King George V stamps include a dull green seahorse issue stamp from 1913 and a turquoise Royal Cypher stamp from 1912 that features an inverted watermark.

-Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (1931): Sir Charles Kingsford was the first living Australian to be featured on an Australian stamp. The most rare among these stamps is a set that was presented by the Australian postmaster general to Sir Charles himself

Where to Buy Australian Stamps

There are many places where you can buy australian stamps. Many Australian stamp collectors subscribe to “Stamp Bulletin” which features pictures of and information about a variety of stamps, and includes a mail order catalogue with each issue. Those who prefer to order online can visit the “Stamp Bulletin” website at

Other places to purchase stamps online include eBay and the Australian Stamp and Coin Company website, at

For a list of more general websites selling stamps online please visit my stamp collecting home page.

What’s my collection worth? is a well known dealer in Australian stamps (among others) and has a valuation service, which you will need to subscribe to, to use

Stanley Gibbons offers a valuation service with a good database on Australian collectable stamps. Again you will need to subscribe to this service to make use of it is based in Sydney and offers amongst other services, stamp valuations for insurance purposes and otherwise

Clubs and Societies:

The Australian Philatelic Society is based in Melbourne, Australia. They are dedicated to the research, study, publication and display of philately and postal history, of Australia and its States, and worldwide. They have an extensive website.

The Richmond Stamp Club is based in NSW and meets at 7.00pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except January) at various members homes.

The Cairns Stamp Club is based in Queensland and the Philatelic Society of Western Australia is also an active society holding regular events for their members.

There are many other clubs and societies available, for a full list click here.

Stamp Forgery

One interesting piece of trivia that many Australian stamp collectors are unaware of: there have been many past attempts to forge rare Australian stamps. One of the most famous of these happened in 1932, when a fraudster attempted to forge the extremely rare “Two Pound Kangaroo on Map” stamp

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Guide to the Stamps of India

In the Colonial era, India – comprising modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Burma – was referred to as “the Subcontinent,” and the designation persists to this day. It hints at the vastness and diversity of the country’s populations, and the richness of its history. Collecting and researching Indian stamps provides a window to a world within a world, where thousands of languages are spoken. Some of India’s more than 600 “states” during colonial times were equal in size to European nations. India is not so much a country as a world unto itself, and its stamps tell that world’s story.

Bishop Marks – ’Stamps’ Before There Were Stamps

The earliest items of interest to the collector of Indian stamps are not stamps at all, in the sense of separate postage documents adhered to packages. They are rather “Indian Bishop Marks,” named for seventeenth century British Postmaster General Henry Bishop. These were applied to letters sent in British India from 1688, when the East India Company opened its first post office in Bombay.

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Earliest Indian Stamps – the ‘Dawks

Soon after came a system of private “Dawks,” paper or wax wafers affixed to mail. The Scinde District Dawk made its debut in 1852 in Scinde, now Sindh in Pakistan. One version of the Scinde District Dawk is printed in blue on a wafer of off-white paper, with a face value of ½ anna. Used examples bring anywhere from $600 to $10,000. An embossed red wax version is valued at tens of thousands of dollars, but no examples are known to exist today.

Early Postage Stamps of India, and the Inverted Head 4 Anna

Queen Victoria Stamp with inverted Head 1854

The first true Indian postage stamps were issued in Calcutta in 1854, denominated ½ anna, 1 anna, 2 annas, and 4 annas respectively. Each featured a head of Queen Victoria. Today some can be had in good used condition for a few hundred dollars. But one run of the 4 anna denomination was printed with the head inverted; fewer than 30 of the “Inverted Head 4 Anna” still exist, making it one of the most rare Indian stamps.

The Raj period, the Feudatory States, and the Convention States

In 1877, Britain proclaimed the Raj, or Empire of India. The first India Postage stamps were issued in 1882. The Raj also entered into conventions with various native states under local rule, called the “convention states.” These states used India Postage stamps, overprinted with the name of the state in question – for example, Jhind or Chamba.

Chamba State 1887

1947-present: Modern India

Since independence, popular Indian stamps have featured every conceivable subject, from Gandhi, Nehru, Mother Theresa, and other great Indians, to cricket and traditional landmarks. In 2008, India issued a jasmine-scented stamp, which, while not rare, has become popular with collectors

Where to Buy Stamps of India

Indian philately, like India itself, is a fascinating world that is easy to enter, but difficult to leave. If you are just starting out, look for a site offering recent popular issues, grab bags, and/or low-cost packets. The beginner need not be discouraged; today’s common stamps, especially in new, uncancelled condition – or on cancelled first-day covers – are the valuable commodities of tomorrow. and are both good general introductory sites. Some sites specialize in stamps of India, or have appreciable Indian sections, such as or . Finally, for the established collector, auction sites such as and offer more valuable lots.

For general information on where to buy stamps online please visit my stamp collecting home page.

What’s my collection worth? buys and sells stamps of India (among many others) and has a  valuation service, though you will need to subscribe to their service.

Stanley Gibbons offers a valuation service and has an good database which includes stamps of India and surrounds. They charge an annual subscription fee for this service

You could also try we buy stamps who provide a no obligation free quote for your collection. You will need to complete an online form.

Clubs and Societies:

Dakshina Kannada Philatelic Association (DKPNA) is a philatelic club based in Mangalore, India. The objective of the Club is to promote philatelic interest and to provide education about postage stamp collecting. They are most suitable for members living in India and can be contacted via email :

The Indian Thematic Society is for topical stamp colectors of indian Stamps and is based in Ludhiana Punjab. Visit their website for more info.


Hong Kong Stamps

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Guide to Hong Kong Stamps

The history of commonwealth stamps weaves into and is reflected in the history of the British Empire, and collecting stamps of former crown colonies often yields appreciation of the intricacies of that history. Hong Kong stamps epitomize this relationship between philately and history.

Always a bustling commercial hub, Hong Kong was the jewel of British possessions in China, so much so that the Crown retained control of the island-city from the end of the first Opium War in 1842 until 1997. Cognizant of Hong Kong’s value as a commercial power in its own right, the People’s Republic of China allowed it to retain a great deal of autonomy, including that of its post office.

From 1941-1945 Britain’s colonial rule was interrupted by four years of Japanese control, an economic and human catastrophe for Hong Kong. Refugees from the Chinese Civil War also helped to reshape the island’s demographics.

Victorian Era Hong Kong Stamps

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Many rare Hong Kong stamps date from the earliest issues in 1862 and 1863. Hong Kong stamps under British rule featured the reigning British Monarch and the name of the colony in Latin and Chinese characters. Some of these highly collectible Hong Kong stamps, featuring the image of Queen Victoria, are also quite valuable. For example, some specimens of the 1865 olive bistre are valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. During this period, inversions and double-printings of overprints arose from printers’ errors, as did variations in hue and perforations. Another valuable Hong Kong stamp from the Victorian era, the 4 cents pale green perf. 12.5, attests to the esteem collectors accord such variations.

The third and final issue of the Victorian era was printed in 1882. All in all, including overprints, 61 stamps were printed in these three issues.

The establishment of the Treaty Ports in the mid-nineteenth century created an additional niche interest related to Hong Kong philately. The ports used Hong Kong stamps overprinted with the name of the particular port.

Postage Stamps of Hong Kong in the Twentieth Century

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King Edward VII ‘bald issues’ stamp

With the new century came a new monarch, King Edward VII. From 1903-1911 a series of three issues featured the nearly bald monarch. These “bald issues” comprised 39 individual stamps, but as is often the case in philately, consistent printing has blunted collector interest. With little variation among the stamps and a relatively abundant supply of each stamp, the “bald issues” garner little attention.

Edward was succeeded by the bearded George V, for whom the “Beard Issues” of 1912-1937 are named. Again, these definitives are not particularly rare or valuable. A commemorative issue at the end of Edward’s reign is of some general interest, because there are so few commemorative Hong Kong stamps. Hong Kong stamps overprinted “China” – used elsewhere in British China – are similarly interesting, but not especially valuable.

No Edward VIII stamps were issued during that king’s short reign. He was followed by George VI, during whose reign the Japanese seized the island, along with much of eastern China. Imperial Japanese definitives were used from 1941-1945, and are recognized as “Hong Kong” stamps by their postmarks and overprints.

Another commemorative – the Victory Issue – celebrated the re-establishment of British rule in 1946.

Of the 35 definitive George VI stamps printed between 1938 and 1952, the most sought-after is the 8-cents George VI definitive with perforation error. During Elizabeth II’s reign, 292 definitive stamps were issued.

The first Hong Kong Post issue of 1999 depicted a series of iconic public places in Hong Kong.

Popular Hong Kong Stamps Under Hong kong Post

Being so recently issued, the stamps of post-British Hong Kong are not yet noteworthy from the collector’s point of view, but many bear innovative designs that are interesting for their sheer beauty. In 2008, for example, a series of six stamps depicting glow-in-the-dark jellyfish were printed, causing some stir for their innovative and frankly delightful design.

Where to Buy Stamps of Hong Kong

For the serious collector, auction sites such as Herrick Stamps and Sandafayre offer pages of stamps at auction, meticulously catalogued. Many of these pages are not for the beginner; if you choose to build your Hong Kong collection through auction sites, search for one that starts at lower values, until you really have a feel for online auctions and for Hong Kong collecting. Lots of assorted Hong Kong stamps can also be found online.

To keep current with first-day covers and other current offerings of the Hongkong Post, go to

For general information on where to buy stamps online please visit my stamp collecting home page.

What’s my collection worth? deals in Hong Kong Stamps (among many others as well) and provides a collection valuation service, for members who choose to subscribe to their service.

Stanley Gibbons also offers a valuation service and have an extensive database which includes stamps of Hong Kong. They charge an annual subscription fee for this service

You could also try we buy stamps who offer a free no obligation valuation for your collection. All you need to do is fill in an online form.

Clubs and Societies:

The Hong Kong Philatelic Society is active in promoting stamp collecting as a hobby as well as raising the local standard of exhibition through support of Hongkong Post’s Inter-School Stamp Exhibits Competition. They are also one of the founding members of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately and a member of the Federation Internationale Philatelie (F.I.P.). They have a comprehensive website with articles, auctions, news updates and more.

The Hong Kong Stamp Society was formed in 1992, in the United States, to promote the collection, study, and sales of Hong Kong stamps, covers, and other philatelic items. More than 800 members from over 30 countries have joined. They have a web page with information on how to join and membership benefits.



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South Africa philately is a vibrant and unique way to learn more about the history and culture of South Africa. South African stamp collecting is quite popular in South Africa, where it is celebrated each year at the Joberg International Stamp Show. But the stamps of South Africa are quite possibly even more popular in other countries, where stamp collectors enjoy adding the exotic touches of South Africa to their stamp collections.

Popular South Africa Stamps

One of the most popular South African stamps has been around since 1855, before South Africa was even considered a nation. This blue, triangular stamp is labeled “Cape of Good Hope” in white letters at the base of the triangle. At that time, the entire region that is now known as South Africa was referred to as the Cape of Good Hope.

Another popular South African stamp depicts a Cape Dutch house, a standard type of architecture found in South Africa.

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Cape of Good Hope Stamp

This stamp was first seen in the early 1950s.This time period also brought forth one of the more popular stamps of South Africa which featured a wildebeest, a type of antelope commonly found in South Africa.

A more recent stamp collection that has seen great popularity in South Africa is the 2010 World Soccer Cup stamp collection. One of the first of these stamps was released shortly after the World Soccer Cup was held in Germany. It featured a wild South African dog standing on top of a soccer ball.

More recent stamps of this collection have included the King Proteas (the national flower of South Africa), wild birds of South Africa,

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2010 FIFA World Cup Stamps

a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the South African Railways and colorful stamps with soccer fans enjoying the Soccer World Cup.

Rare Stamps of South Africa

Fans of South African stamp collecting usually make a point of visiting the annual Joberg International Stamp Show, where the rarest South African stamps are exhibited each year. Stamps that have been exhibited here in the past include bilingual Kings Head stamps from the days when South Africa was known as South West Africa, as well as King George VI coronation stamps that were never hinged.

Other rare Sourth African stamps include:

-a complete unhinged collection of 1954 South West African stamps featuring exotic animals such as elephants and antelopes
-1973 stamps depicting beautiful landscape paintings by artist Adolph Jentsch
-1939 Huguenot landing stamps
-Bilingual Red Cross stamps
-1970 yellow and blue bilingual stamps depicting a South African landscape and diamonds
-1953 stamps in honor of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
-1930 South African stamps featuring early airplanes

Clearly, South Africa philately is thriving. South African stamps offer collectors a fascinating glimpse into the rich cultural history of this nation. South African stamp collecting is a great way to learn more about South Africa and take part in a relaxing and enjoyable past time.

Where to Buy Stamps of South Africa

There are a variety of shops both online and otherwise where you can buy South African Stamps: Africa Stamps offers a wide range of stamps form a variety of african countries and has an extensive list of South African Stamps for Sale. also offers a wide range of stamps from around the world and provides a wide variety of Stamps form South Africa for sale.

For general information on where to buy stamps online please visit my stamp collecting home page.

What’s my collection worth? deals in South African Stamps (and also those from most other places) and provides a fair and honest valuation service, however you must be a member and subscribe to their service to make use of it

Philatelic Friends specialises in south african philately and offers a valuation service on request among a number of other services.

Stanley Gibbons also offers a good valuation service and has an extensive database which includes south african stamps among many others. They charge an yearly subscription fee for this service

Clubs and Societies:

The Bellville Philatelic Society, in Cape Town, meets every second Wednesday of the month in the  Bellville Library in  Bellville. They also have a useful online website with newsletters and many other useful links to south african philately sites.



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Guide to the Stamps of Egypt

While ancient Egyptian kingdoms had their own postal system, the modern Egyptian postal system developed primarily during the Khedive (Viceroy) Period from 1867 to 1914. Subjects for Egyptian philately are extremely rich, including Egyptian religious symbols, gods/goddesses, Pharoahs, Cleopatra, the Sphinx, pyramids, and the Nile River. Even after millenia have past, the premium quality of Egyptian artifacts continues to transcend so many modern examples of artistic expression.Modern Egypt stamp collecting can be divided into three main periods: 1.) the Khedive Period (1867 to 1922), 2.) European Colonialism (1922 to 1971), and 3.) Modern Egyptian Independence (1971 to today). Throughout these periods, Egyptian governments attempted to establish a greater sense of authority, legitimacy and industrial control over the nation through a modernized postal system.

During the modern period, most Egypt stamps have been printed in multiple languages – chiefly Arabic, English and French. When European nations held small territorial enclaves, they issued their own private stamps. Like all stamps, the most rare Egyptian varieties are based on limited circulation, printing errors, and unique variations.

Stamps of Egypt from the Khedive Period – especially the 1867, 1872, 1879, and 1888 collections – reminisce about ancient Egypt, displaying the Sphinx in front of a pyramid in a number of beautiful earthtone colors.

During European Colonialism, a standard myriad of ancient symbols – Cleopatra, Rameses II, and the Nile River – were displayed on attractive colors with a crown imprint and Arabic text for the 1922 definitives.

Suez Canal Stamp

United Arab Republic stamps (1958 to 1971) celebrate growing autonomy with industrial motifs, revolutionary anniversaries and the commemoration of the African Postal Union.

The following are the rarest Egyptian stamps:

Suez Canal,  1, 5, 20 and 40 cents in Black, green, blue and red colors

1895 Cleopatra lounging near the Nile River, Fondation des Fetes, 1 piastre, 3 and 5 milliemes, Blue, yellow, and red colors

1926 Inauguration of Port Fouad, Royaume d’Egypt, 50 piastres, Purple color

King Farouk Eighteenth Birthday, Egypte, Green color, 11 Fevrier 1938, Variations include frame only or frame with picture

King Farouk and Queen Farida Wedding Stamp

King Farouk and Queen Farida Royal Wedding, Egypte, Red color, 20 Janvier 1938

1953 Overprint on 1947, Postes D’Egypte, 40 Mills, Brown color.

Egyptian stamp collecting merges the rich ancient tradition with the modern political, industrial and cultural movements to create an impressive timeline of history. Most Egyptian stamps have incredibly, rich, classical earthtone colors. An accomplished stamp collector should include some stamps from the most popular collections (i.e. 1867, 1872, 1879, 1888, and 1922), along with odd variations. Each of the primary periods – with leader portraits, important events and ancient Egyptian art commemoratives – should be represented. A couple of rare stamps included within the collection would be a crowning accomplishment, so that all will appreciate your Egyptian treasure.

Where to Buy Stamps of Egypt:

There are many places where you can buy Egyptian Stamps. has a large database offering stamps for sale from all over the world and has an extensive selection of Egyptian has a wide range of egyptian stamps for sale on its database and also provides a more general information on the stamps of egypt .

For general information on where to buy stamps online please visit my stamp collecting home page.

What’s my collection worth? deals in Egyptian Stamps (and those from most other countries) and provides a good valuation service, however you must become a member and subscribe to their service to use it.

Stanley Gibbons also offers a valuation service and have an extensive database which includes egyptian stamps. They do charge an annual subscription fee for this service

Clubs and Societies:

The Egypt Study Circle, is devoted to the study of Egyptian philately. They usually meet on Saturdays at the Victory Services Club, Seymour Street, London (near Marble Arch). they also have an online website and programme.



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It seems there is nothing more british than philately. The immense possibilities for British Commonwealth stamp collecting covers a wide spectrum of fifty-four countries located in five continents. Now known as the Commonwealth of Nations, most of the independently ruled countries were once part of the British Empire and originally included nearly 100 locations. Because each country has a history ruled both through a monarchy and with an independent counsel, a diverse selection of british commonwealth stamps have been issued in the last century. Many of the stamps feature a monarch that reigned within a specific period while others feature distinct flora, fauna or natural landmarks found within the region. Because this group of commonwealth stamps covers a large range, a good method of organizing this collection is by sorting individual countries and then by establishing a date of issue for each collectible stamp.

Many stamp collectors begin their hobbies with newly released samples or choose favorite designs and colors. Collecting a series from New Zealand, for instance, or working on all of the British Commonwealth nations in Africa makes a fun project. For the experienced collector, adding historical stamps enhances the challenge and increase the value of the collection. By adding british commonwealth stamps from former british colonies such as Hong Kong, India and Pakistan, a unique collection may be developed over time. Stamps that depict events related to both former and current British rule, for example, the conflict in the Falkland Islands are always popular and highly collectible.

Collectible British Commonwealth Stamps

Queen-Mother-100th Birthday

Virtually any stamp that features a past monarch will hold some value to collectors of British Commonwealth books. Stamps that were issued to celebrate a specific event such as King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935, King George VI’s coronation in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II’s accession in 1952 were issued in limited amounts and only for a short period. Finding these stamps can be challenging but worth the effort. A more recent event, the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday in the year 2000 presented an opportunity for a limited issue stamp release that is now a collectible item and increases in value each year. Collectors who watch for new issues related to political events or commemorating a unique phase in history add value to their hobbies.

Rare British Commonwealth Stamps

queen victoria, 1897

During the late 1800’s, the Victorian era dominated much of the British Commonwealth and stamps produced during that period are a valuable find today. Stamps issued during the relatively short period between when postage stamps became available to the public in 1840 and the next fifty years are a valuable find. Stamps from newly settled areas or those that featured lower production are highly desirable to collectors. For example, a Never Hinged block of Newfoundland stamps dating from 1897 that features a profile of Queen Victoria recently became available at auction for over 5000 pounds. Individual british commonwealth stamps from the same region in good condition, particularly if never used, may draw 10 to 20 pounds per unit. Also in the Victorian era, stamps issued in territories with lesser populations such as Turks and Caicos Island may be harder to find and therefore more costly. As with other antique items, older stamps in prime condition will be the most expensive and tradable with other collectors.

Where to Buy British Commonwealth Stamps

Stamp collectors today enjoy several options to purchase new additions. Using the various Internet sites that both auction and sell at a fixed price provides a valid means for securing a specific stamp. The advantage is the ability to research and quickly purchase a missing item from a collection. The disadvantage, however, is that the actual condition and quality of the stamp may be difficult to determine. Most of the reliable websites include a clear photo but for those collectors who insist on perfect quality, finding a dealer where the stamps may be viewed in person is a preferred option. Here are some websites you may find useful:

Specialty stores that sell coins, stamps and small collectibles are often found in the larger metropolitan areas. Antique stores are another valid source for locating rare and valuable stamps. A collector who uses the Internet for general pricing knowledge and purchases the stamps through a store or dealer often ends up finding the best pricing and locating the preferred quality samples.



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On May 6, 1840, the first postage stamp was used in Britain The stamp was called the Penny Black and featured the image of, of course, Queen Victoria. Seven years later, the United States adopted the idea and chose Benjamin Franklin and George Washington to represent the five and ten cent stamps respectively. The collection and study of stamps is called philately. The term comes from the Greek “phileo” for love and “ateleia” for free of charge. The idea of a paid stamp being “free of charge” seems contradictory. It stems from the fact that, with the use of stamps, the receiver of the letter was no longer responsible for payment of delivery. The sender prepaid the postage. However, it is ironic that this love of freedom from charge defines such an addictive and expensive endeavor for the modern philatelist!

Rarity means value in stamp collecting. At the high end of rarity, stamps compete in value with the world of high art. While the Penny Black sells for as little as $20 to $170 for

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Benjamin Franklin Z Grill 1868

used samples and up to $2,500 for unused, some of the rarest stamps, such as the Inverted Jenny and the Z Grill are far more valuable. The Inverted Jenny is an example of how an error gives value to a stamp: the airplane on the stamp was printed upside-down! An Inverted Jenny sold for $977,500 and in 2005, a Z Grill, of which there are only two known surviving stamps, was traded for a block of four Inverted Jenny stamps worth close to $3 million. Most rare and valuable American stamps were produced before 1930 and certainly it is time and quantity that make a stamp rare. By this standard, the most rare stamp in the world is the once cent British Guiana, of which only one is known to exist. This stamp sold for $935,000 back in 1980.

While stamps are valued for their rarity, an endless variety of topics and styles are available

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Audrey Hepburn smoking

to suit personal preferences. For collectors with a passion for fashion and pop culture, the rare stamp featuring Audrey Hepburn smoking is a coveted prize. One of the five known to exist sold for $93,800 in 2009. However, not all rare stamps are out of reach for the average collector. For example, a stamp produced in 2005 commemorates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. This stamp has a $1 face value and is currently available for $12.50. There were only 135,000 printed making it a rare, yet affordable find and a cherished possession for a collector interested in international politics.

The concept of designing stamps for the purpose of collecting is almost as old as stamp collecting itself, which is as old as stamp production. The term ‘timbromania’ was coined

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Inverted jenny

in the 1860s to describe the stamp madness that seemed to have gripped collectors. By the 1920s, publicity about valuable stamps made the connection between collecting and investment permanent. Although the public was slow to catch on to the monetary import of stamp collecting, those devoted to stamps knew early on. When a stamp featuring the Curtis JN-4 airplane was issued in May of 1918, collectors were aware of the potential for printing errors. When the stamps had ever reached post offices, collectors were at their local post office buying stamps and looking for errors that would be called “Inverted Jennys.” Now, some small countries produce stamps primarily for collecting and certainly the USPS’s production of stamps catering to popular topics invites collecting.

Where to Buy Rare Stamps

Online sites specializing in stamps offer a multitude of categories to suit personal tastes. The popular online store, organizes their offerings by country. Collectors can search by era, country, or topic to find rare stamps to fit any budget. Collectors with an eye for the future often keep track of the United States Postal Services’ (USPS) scheduled release of stamps. A booklet of 20 self-adhesive stamps featuring cartoon pop icons, The Simpsons, sells for $8.80, and an uncut press sheet of $.44 Gary Cooper stamps sells for $70.40. Some other useful websites are listed below:

Indeed there are a number of places to purchase rare stamps both on and offline. The advantage of purchasing stamps offline in specialty  stores is that you get a proper view of the stamp. Online stores offer a much wider selection of rare stamps and you can usually view pictures to ascertain their condition. Sometimes it can be useful to browse online to locate and compare prices of rare stamps and then purchase locally through a specialty store.

For general information on where to buy stamps online please visit my stamp collecting home page.



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Sometimes a stamp collector will be very specific in regards to the type of stamp they are collecting. Some only collect stamps with dogs, famous people or Olympics. These types are called topical. Others collect airmail stamps or commemorative stamps. Some collect stamps that have been used, or ‘cancels’, and have a history behind them, while other collect unused, unhinged (not pasted down) stamps.

Old United States Stamps

Old US stamps are very popular with collectors. US stamps were introduced in 1847 with dead heroes or ‘Monumental Figures’ being the subject matter. In 1893, the World’s Fair images were printed on stamps and became very popular. This opened the door for other images such as horses, trains, boats, and the electric car. Soon popular images in culture where also printed on stamps.

Here are a few highly valued old US stamps:

Benjamin Franklin Z Grill 1868

Benjamin Franklin Z Grill: Issued in 1868, only two are known to exist. One sold for $935,000. What makes this stamp special is an indentation, used to discourage re-issue, that is embossed on the stamp, the ‘z’ grill.

The Declaration of Independence: Issued in 1869 this green and violet stamp, with its center inverted, unused, sold for $275,000.

Jenny Plane: Popular in World War I, this plane was printed onto a stamp in 1918, but one sheet was accidently flipped upside down, printing the plane image upside down. One stamp sold for $977,500, while an entire block sold for $2.7 million.

Old International Stamps

Old international stamps are also highly collectible and can be very valuable as well. Britain introduced the world’s first adhesive stamp in 1840, a full 7 years before the United States did! British Guiana stamps are some of the rarest in the world, printed in Georgetown and London.

Penny Black: The first adhesive stamp in the world, although this British stamp is not rare, it is highly collectable. One in poor condition can run about $20, while one in great condition can bring in about $2,400.

Sweden Three Skilling Banco: Printed on yellow paper, instead of the normal green, there is only one of these stamps known in the world. At an auction in 1996, this baby sold for $2.3 million.

British Guiana One Cent: Another on-of-a-kind, this black on magenta octagonal shaped stamp was printed in 1856. In 1980, it sold for $935,000.

Where to buy Old Stamps

If you want to purchase old stamps to collect there are thousands of online and offline sources available to you. Online sources include: which buys and sell rare stamps is an online auction site. Their last stamp auction of 2009 brought in $1.8 million! sells their stamps online and even has a page devoted to collecting with sub-categories such as The Simpsons, Black History and Best Sellers

If you prefer to buy stamps in person here are a few options:

* The Unites States Post Office for collectibles

* Stamp meets are held throughout the Unites States

* Flea markets and antique stores often sell old letters and postcards that have stamps on them

For general information on where to buy stamps online please visit my stamp collecting home page.