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  1. GREAT BRITAIN - TWO LARGE CARTONS OF - 407890
    GREAT BRITAIN - TWO LARGE CARTONS OF - 407890
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Estimated Net Value: $2,500.00 – $3,000.00
    Stock #: 407890
    Your Price $1,250.00 Originally $2,500.00
  2. (1), small thin, F-VF, no gum - 405899
    (1), small thin, F-VF, no gum - 405899
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $11,000.00
    Stock #: 405899
    Your Price $720.00 Originally $1,800.00
  3. (1-2), VERY FINE - 405664
    (1-2), VERY FINE - 405664
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1020.00
    Stock #: 405664
    Your Price $192.50 Originally $550.00
  4. (2), on folded letter, VERY FINE - 405673
    (2), on folded letter, VERY FINE - 405673
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2250
    Stock #: 405673
    Your Price $437.50 Originally $1,250.00
  5. (2), pair, VERY FINE - 405805
    (2), pair, VERY FINE - 405805
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,100.00
    Stock #: 405805
    Your Price $350.00 Originally $1,000.00
  6. (3), VERY FINE, og - 406901
    (3), VERY FINE, og - 406901
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $625.00
    Stock #: 406901
    Your Price $224.00 Originally $560.00
  7. (4), strip of three, VERY FINE - 408633
    (4), strip of three, VERY FINE - 408633
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $275
    Stock #: 408633
    Your Price $137.50 Originally $275.00
  8. (7), VERY FINE, no gum - 404477
    (7), VERY FINE, no gum - 404477
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $18,000.00
    Stock #: 404477
    Your Price $1,785.00 Originally $5,100.00
  9. (7), VERY FINE
    (7), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 402440
    Your Price $97.50 Originally $325.00
  10. (14), scarce mint stamp, F-VF, og
    (14), scarce mint stamp, F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,000.00
    Stock #: 401261
    Your Price $150.00 Originally $500.00
  11. (32), F-VF, og - 406903
    (32), F-VF, og - 406903
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $500.00
    Stock #: 406903
    Your Price $150.00 Originally $375.00
  12. (37), F-VF, og - 406905
    (37), F-VF, og - 406905
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2500.00
    Stock #: 406905
    Your Price $750.00 Originally $1,875.00
  13. (37), F-VF, og
    (37), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,500.00
    Stock #: 401179
    Your Price $225.00 Originally $750.00
  14. (39), VERY FINE, no gum - 406911
    (39), VERY FINE, no gum - 406911
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 2250.00
    Stock #: 406911
    Your Price $630.00 Originally $1,575.00
  15. (39), VERY FINE, og - 406906
    (39), VERY FINE, og - 406906
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2250.00
    Stock #: 406906
    Your Price $800.00 Originally $2,000.00
  16. (40), VERY FINE, og - 406907
    (40), VERY FINE, og - 406907
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3900.00
    Stock #: 406907
    Your Price $1,400.00 Originally $3,500.00
  17. (42), VERY FINE, no gum - 406908
    (42), VERY FINE, no gum - 406908
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2150
    Stock #: 406908
    Your Price $860.00 Originally $2,150.00
  18. (43), VERY FINE, no gum - 406909
    (43), VERY FINE, no gum - 406909
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $600
    Stock #: 406909
    Your Price $168.00 Originally $420.00
  19. (45), F-VF, no gum - 406912
    (45), F-VF, no gum - 406912
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1125
    Stock #: 406912
    Your Price $248.00 Originally $620.00
  20. (49a), plate # 9, VERY FINE, no gum - 406918
    (49a), plate # 9, VERY FINE, no gum - 406918
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $600
    Stock #: 406918
    Your Price $168.00 Originally $420.00
  21. (49a), plate # 4, VERY FINE, og - 406916
    (49a), plate # 4, VERY FINE, og - 406916
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1850
    Stock #: 406916
    Your Price $660.00 Originally $1,650.00
  22. (51), VERY FINE, og - 406917
    (51), VERY FINE, og - 406917
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $650.00
    Stock #: 406917
    Your Price $234.00 Originally $585.00
  23. (52, pair), F-VF
    (52, pair), F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $600.00
    Stock #: 397051
    Your Price $82.50 Originally $275.00
  24. (53), VERY FINE, no gum - 406914
    (53), VERY FINE, no gum - 406914
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3500.00
    Stock #: 406914
    Your Price $980.00 Originally $2,450.00
  25. (53), F-VF, og
    (53), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,500.00
    Stock #: 401305
    Your Price $315.00 Originally $1,050.00
  26. (54), plate # 5, VERY FINE, og - 406919
    (54), plate # 5, VERY FINE, og - 406919
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $825.00
    Stock #: 406919
    Your Price $296.00 Originally $740.00
  27. (54), VERY FINE, og - 406915
    (54), VERY FINE, og - 406915
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1200.00
    Stock #: 406915
    Your Price $432.00 Originally $1,080.00
  28. (55), VERY FINE, og - 406921
    (55), VERY FINE, og - 406921
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3750
    Stock #: 406921
    Your Price $1,350.00 Originally $3,375.00
  29. (55a), VERY FINE, og - 406920
    (55a), VERY FINE, og - 406920
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $4750.00
    Stock #: 406920
    Your Price $1,710.00 Originally $4,275.00
  30. (59), VERY FINE, og - 406922
    (59), VERY FINE, og - 406922
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $800.00
    Stock #: 406922
    Your Price $288.00 Originally $720.00
  31. (64a), VERY FINE, og - 407038
    (64a), VERY FINE, og - 407038
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1000.00
    Stock #: 407038
    Your Price $360.00 Originally $900.00
  32. (66a), plate 2, FINE
    (66a), plate 2, FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,500.00
    Stock #: 406950
    Your Price $110.00 Originally $220.00
  33. (66a), F-VF, og
    (66a), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 401187
    Your Price $97.50 Originally $325.00
  34. (67), plate # 16, VERY FINE, no gum - 407037
    (67), plate # 16, VERY FINE, no gum - 407037
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $500.00
    Stock #: 407037
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $350.00
  35. (67), plate # 15, VERY FINE, og - 407036
    (67), plate # 15, VERY FINE, og - 407036
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $450.00
    Stock #: 407036
    Your Price $180.00 Originally $450.00
  36. (67), plate # 12, VERY FINE, og - 407035
    (67), plate # 12, VERY FINE, og - 407035
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $500.00
    Stock #: 407035
    Your Price $180.00 Originally $450.00
  37. (67), plate # 11, VERY FINE, no gum - 407034
    (67), plate # 11, VERY FINE, no gum - 407034
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $500.00
    Stock #: 407034
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $350.00
  38. (67), plate #4, VERY FINE, og - 407033
    (67), plate #4, VERY FINE, og - 407033
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $500.00
    Stock #: 407033
    Your Price $180.00 Originally $450.00
  39. (68), VERY FINE, og - 407032
    (68), VERY FINE, og - 407032
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $550.00
    Stock #: 407032
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $500.00
  40. (69), VERY FINE, og - 407041
    (69), VERY FINE, og - 407041
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2750.00
    Stock #: 407041
    Your Price $990.00 Originally $2,475.00
  41. (69), VERY FINE, og - 407040
    (69), VERY FINE, og - 407040
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2750.00
    Stock #: 407040
    Your Price $990.00 Originally $2,475.00
  42. (69-70),  each with thin & light toning, FINE-VERY FINE, og - 405425
    (69-70), each with thin & light toning, FINE-VERY FINE, og - 405425
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 4100
    Stock #: 405425
    Your Price $192.50 Originally $550.00
  43. (73), VERY FINE, og - 407043
    (73), VERY FINE, og - 407043
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1750.00
    Stock #: 407043
    Your Price $630.00 Originally $1,575.00
  44. (80), VERY FINE, og - 407050
    (80), VERY FINE, og - 407050
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $240.00
    Stock #: 407050
    Your Price $88.00 Originally $220.00
  45. (82), plate # 22, VERY FINE, og - 407047
    (82), plate # 22, VERY FINE, og - 407047
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $425.00
    Stock #: 407047
    Your Price $152.00 Originally $380.00
  46. (82), plate #21, VERY FINE, no gum - 407046
    (82), plate #21, VERY FINE, no gum - 407046
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $475.00
    Stock #: 407046
    Your Price $132.00 Originally $330.00
  47. (82), VERY FINE, og - 407045
    (82), VERY FINE, og - 407045
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $425.00
    Stock #: 407045
    Your Price $152.00 Originally $380.00
  48. (82), plate #22,  faint corner crease, EXTREMELY FINE, og - 405379
    (82), plate #22, faint corner crease, EXTREMELY FINE, og - 405379
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 425
    Stock #: 405379
    Your Price $73.50 Originally $210.00
  49. (83), plate # 20, VERY FINE, no gum - 407031
    (83), plate # 20, VERY FINE, no gum - 407031
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 407031
    Your Price $252.00 Originally $630.00
  50. (84), VERY FINE, no gum - 407044
    (84), VERY FINE, no gum - 407044
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $440.00
    Stock #: 407044
    Your Price $120.00 Originally $300.00
  51. (85), VERY FINE, og - 407051
    (85), VERY FINE, og - 407051
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $725.00
    Stock #: 407051
    Your Price $260.00 Originally $650.00
  52. (87), VERY FINE, og - 407049
    (87), VERY FINE, og - 407049
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $700.00
    Stock #: 407049
    Your Price $252.00 Originally $630.00
  53. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 401184
    Your Price $510.00 Originally $1,700.00
  54. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 397335
    Your Price $480.00 Originally $1,600.00
  55. (95), VERY FINE, no gum - 407039
    (95), VERY FINE, no gum - 407039
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $675.00
    Stock #: 407039
    Your Price $188.00 Originally $470.00
  56. (98-107), VERY FINE - 405366
    (98-107), VERY FINE - 405366
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1682.00
    Stock #: 405366
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $500.00
  57. (104), VERY FINE, no gum - 407052
    (104), VERY FINE, no gum - 407052
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $575.00
    Stock #: 407052
    Your Price $160.00 Originally $400.00
  58. (105), VERY FINE, og - 407054
    (105), VERY FINE, og - 407054
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $600.00
    Stock #: 407054
    Your Price $216.00 Originally $540.00
  59. (106), VERY FINE, og - 407055
    (106), VERY FINE, og - 407055
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1250
    Stock #: 407055
    Your Price $450.00 Originally $1,125.00
  60. (107), VERY FINE, og - 407053
    (107), VERY FINE, og - 407053
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1450.00
    Stock #: 407053
    Your Price $520.00 Originally $1,300.00

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Collecting British Commonwealth Stamps

In 1840, the United Kingdom was the first country in the world to introduce nationwide postal service. As such, it should be no surprise that the country has a rich philatelic history filled with many notable, rare and collectible stamps. The UK is also remarkable for establishing functioning postal systems in its colonial territories — many of which laid the basis for a national system following independence from the Empire.

Collectible UK Stamps

One of the most collectible UK stamps is the Penny Black, notable for being the first in the world to use an adhesive backing. First printed in 1840, the Penny Black had a value of one cent and featured an iconic profile of Queen Victoria against a black backing. One interesting feature of the stamp with implications for collectors is that each pane was cut by hand, resulting in great variance in consistency.

Penny Blacks with uniform margins are highly prized by today's collectors. However, because of its historically wide circulation, many Penny Blacks do still exist today, making them an excellent first purchase for anyone interested in beginning a collection of rare British stamps.

Other notable British stamps from this period include the Penny Red (the successor to the Penny Black), the two pence blue, the Prince Consort Essay and more. Anyone interested in adding to their collection should speak with the team at Apfelbaum, Inc. directly for information about upcoming sales.

British Colonial Stamps

Collecting rare British Commonwealth stamps is another popular hobby that combines history with philately in fascinating ways. At its peak, the British Empire spanned over 33 million square kilometers and included territories in North and South America, Africa and the Middle East. Stamps from former colonies are known as “dead country stamps” and are highly prized by collectors. In fact, as of 2014, the most valuable stamp ever sold was the British Guyana 1 cent magenta — the only existing copy was sold at auction for an estimated $9.4 million.

Apfelbaum, Inc. frequently has rare British Commonwealth stamps for sale in our Stamp Store from all corners of the globe. Check out our next Public Auction or browse our Stamp Store to see what’s available.

Learn more about the British Commonwealth and its postal history.