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Rare Postage Stamps

Rare Postage Stamps

Postage stamps are extensively used in the US. They are used on mails, envelopes and packages and help post offices ascertain where they are to be delivered. Stamps are made in the U.S. every day but the manufacturers of some stamps have been prevented from doing so. This is the reason that the stamps manufactured by such companies have become rare.

The first postage stamp issued in the world was in 1840. This stamp was introduced by the British and was named One Penny Black. These stamps were imperforated and had to be cut with scissors. They had a picture of England’s queen, Victoria, printed on it. The unused samples of these stamps are very rare to come across. For small countries stamp collectors, who collect rare stamps can prove to be a source of revenue for both, the country as well as the individuals.

Some collectors that observe the rise in prices of rare stamps indulge in Philatelic Investment. Stamps prove to be the most potable of tangible investments. Rare stamps offer an attractive and striking alternative to art, valuable and precious metals and other collectible investments and are easy to store.

Recently, sale of some rare stamps in the world had fetched about 350,000 francs and attracted a considerable amount of interested individuals. This recent sale has directed the minds of many people to the curious and interesting branch of collecting stamps known as philately.
There are eleven extremely strange and rare stamps in the world. The Two Penny Blue was one of the earliest stamps made in Britain and it lacked the country’s name. The ‘Mauritius Post Office Error’ was also one of the world’s rarest. These stamps had the words “Post Office” instead of
“Post Paid.” Another stamp that falls under this category is the “Hawaii Missionary Stamps”. An unused set of eight could cost up to $100,000. British Guiana 1-cent Magenta is alleged to be the world’s rarest and most valuable stamp. This stamp was sold at an auction in 1970 for $280,000. The New Brunswick “Connell’s Folly”; the Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador “Seeback Reprints”; the China “Special Delivery Issue,” the U.S. “Inverted Airmail,” the Germany “Inflation Issue”, the U.S. “Dag Hammarskjold Error,” and the U.S. “Farley’s Follies” are also known to be the world’s rarest stamps.

Collecting rare postage stamps are no more confined to children and teenagers, adults even like to do so. These rare stamps are priceless and can be sold for a lump sum of money.