The World’s Most Expensive Error Stamps

The World’s Most Expensive Error Stamps

Last month the stamp world rewrote some record books. The sale of the famous Z Grill stamp (an 1868 blue Benjamin Franklin 1c stamp with Z Grill) s...
The most politically explosive stamp in the world

The most politically explosive stamp in the world

Stamp collecting is a sedate and scholarly world.  Isn’t it?  It can be.  But stamps are political.  They’re about nations, national identity, bord...
The Penny Black in 20 questions

The Penny Black in 20 questions

It’s probably the most famous stamp in history. Still. After 184 years and counting. These questions will help you understand the world’s most popu...
National first postal dates part 3: the 20th century and beyond

National first postal dates part 3: the 20th century and beyond

Postal services and adhesive stamps spread rapidly around the world. As we enter the 20th century many of these dates are for new nations being fou...
National first postal dates part 2: 1870 to 1900

National first postal dates part 2: 1870 to 1900

Welcome back to our list of the first issues of stamps.  You'll note that history is marching on. Colonial powers are now focused very much on Afri...
National first postal dates part 1: 1840 to 1868

National first postal dates part 1: 1840 to 1868

First still means a lot. The Penny Black is probably the best-known stamp in philatelic history because it was the first. That’s why people who hav...
5 significant and valuable British sovereigns

5 significant and valuable British sovereigns

All sovereigns have value.  Their gold for starters, so check the latest precious metals prices before you sell up, you'll never struggle to find a...
The perfect collector's coin: a history of the sovereign part II

The perfect collector's coin: a history of the sovereign part II

We return to the history of the sovereign, with a redesign inspired by one of Britain's longest serving monarchs.  Victoria’s accession changed the...
The pinnacle of British coins: a history of the sovereign part 1

The pinnacle of British coins: a history of the sovereign part 1

Most countries have an emblematic coin. The US has the silver dollar, the French collect their five franc gold Rooster coin, and the British have t...
Care for a rare coin collection

Care for a rare coin collection

If you’ve just started a rare coin collection, congratulations.You’ve embarked on a deeply rewarding passion. It might bring you big financial rewa...
Professionals: 3 luxury watches made for real work

Professionals: 3 luxury watches made for real work

Luxury watches come in all shapes and sizes.  But perhaps preeminent to collectors are the professional types.  These are watches designed around p...

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