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  1. (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
    $1,800.00
  2. (1), nice cancel, VERY FINE - 405854
    (1), nice cancel, VERY FINE - 405854
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 405854
    $220.00
  3. (1), on folded envelope, VERY FINE - 405672
    (1), on folded envelope, VERY FINE - 405672
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $640
    Stock #: 405672
    $350.00
  4. (1-2), VERY FINE - 405664
    (1-2), VERY FINE - 405664
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1020.00
    Stock #: 405664
    $550.00
  5. (1), on cover, EXTREMELY FINE - 405806
    (1), on cover, EXTREMELY FINE - 405806
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $640.0
    Stock #: 405806
    $550.00
  6. (2), on folded letter, VERY FINE - 405673
    (2), on folded letter, VERY FINE - 405673
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2250
    Stock #: 405673
    $1,250.00
  7. (2), pair, VERY FINE - 405805
    (2), pair, VERY FINE - 405805
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,100.00
    Stock #: 405805
    $1,000.00
  8. (2), pair, tied to piece, F-VF - 405803
    (2), pair, tied to piece, F-VF - 405803
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,100.00
    Stock #: 405803
    $475.00
  9. (2), VERY FINE - 404862
    (2), VERY FINE - 404862
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $700
    Stock #: 404862
    $300.00
  10. (3), EXTREMELY FINE, og - 404818
    (3), EXTREMELY FINE, og - 404818
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $625.00
    Stock #: 404818
    $400.00
  11. (5), VERY FINE - 402549
    (5), VERY FINE - 402549
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 900
    Stock #: 402549
    $400.00
  12. (5), VERY FINE
    (5), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 402438
    $325.00
  13. (7), VERY FINE, no gum - 404477
    (7), VERY FINE, no gum - 404477
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $18,000.00
    Stock #: 404477
    $5,100.00
  14. (7), VERY FINE
    (7), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 402441
    $325.00
  15. (7), VERY FINE
    (7), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 402440
    $325.00
  16. (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
    $500.00
  17. (16-21), VERY FINE - 405339
    (16-21), VERY FINE - 405339
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 607.50
    Stock #: 405339
    $200.00
  18. (37), F-VF, og
    (37), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,500.00
    Stock #: 401179
    $750.00
  19. (40), F-VF, og
    (40), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,900.00
    Stock #: 401185
    $1,250.00
  20. (52, pair), F-VF
    (52, pair), F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $600.00
    Stock #: 397051
    $275.00
  21. (53), F-VF, og
    (53), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,500.00
    Stock #: 401305
    $1,050.00
  22. (55), FINE, og
    (55), FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,750.00
    Stock #: 401309
    $850.00
  23. (59), plate 11, VERY FINE, og - 405674
    (59), plate 11, VERY FINE, og - 405674
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $800
    Stock #: 405674
    $450.00
  24. (66a), plate 2, FINE
    (66a), plate 2, FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,500.00
    Stock #: 387010
    $220.00
  25. (66a), F-VF, og
    (66a), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 401187
    $325.00
  26. (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
    $550.00
  27. (80-81), VERY FINE, og - 405387
    (80-81), VERY FINE, og - 405387
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $540
    Stock #: 405387
    $240.00
  28. (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
    $210.00
  29. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 401184
    $1,700.00
  30. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 397335
    $1,600.00
  31. (91), VERY FINE - 404812
    (91), VERY FINE - 404812
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $5,500.00
    Stock #: 404812
    $2,500.00
  32. (96), VERY FINE, og - 404811
    (96), VERY FINE, og - 404811
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $625.00
    Stock #: 404811
    $375.00
  33. (96), three examples, VERY FINE
    (96), three examples, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $495.00
    Stock #: 401429
    $200.00
  34. (98-107), VERY FINE - 405366
    (98-107), VERY FINE - 405366
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1682.00
    Stock #: 405366
    $500.00
  35. (101), 238 stamps, partial plating, VERY FINE
    (101), 238 stamps, partial plating, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog About: $4,104.00
    Stock #: 392099
    $300.00
  36. (103-104), 32 #103s, 36 #104s, F-VF - 394121
    (103-104), 32 #103s, 36 #104s, F-VF - 394121
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog About: $14,490.00
    Stock #: 394121
    $700.00
  37. (104), VERY FINE, og - 405666
    (104), VERY FINE, og - 405666
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $575
    Stock #: 405666
    $325.00
  38. (107), F-VF, og - 405667
    (107), F-VF, og - 405667
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1450
    Stock #: 405667
    $750.00
  39. (108a), small tear at top, VERY FINE
    (108a), small tear at top, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $4,000.00
    Stock #: 390719
    $475.00
  40. (109), VERY FINE
    (109), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 550
    Stock #: 404983
    $350.00
  41. (109), VERY FINE - 402735
    (109), VERY FINE - 402735
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 550
    Stock #: 402735
    $240.00
  42. (109), EXTREMELY FINE - 402615
    (109), EXTREMELY FINE - 402615
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 550
    Stock #: 402615
    $550.00
  43. (109), VERY FINE (Scott certificate)
    (109), VERY FINE (Scott certificate)
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $550.00
    Stock #: 399870
    $275.00
  44. (110), VERY FINE - 405665
    (110), VERY FINE - 405665
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3000
    Stock #: 405665
    $1,500.00
  45. (139-141), VERY FINE - 405669
    (139-141), VERY FINE - 405669
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $900
    Stock #: 405669
    $500.00
  46. (139) 30 VERY FINE stamps - 403814
    (139) 30 VERY FINE stamps - 403814
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $4,500.00
    Stock #: 403814
    $750.00
  47. (139), four examples, VERY FINE
    (139), four examples, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $600.00
    Stock #: 401430
    $275.00
  48. (140), two examples, VERY FINE
    (140), two examples, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $450.00
    Stock #: 401431
    $200.00
  49. (141), VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE, og - 405676
    (141), VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE, og - 405676
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $875
    Stock #: 405676
    $550.00
  50. (O7), stained, VERY FINE, regummed, Royal Philatelic Society Cert - 405553
    (O7), stained, VERY FINE, regummed, Royal Philatelic Society Cert - 405553
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $6,250.00
    Stock #: 405553
    $2,000.00
  51. (O31-O38), VERY FINE
    (O31-O38), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,020.00
    Stock #: 402395
    $425.00
  52. (O52), VERY FINE, og (signed Stolow) - 405246
    (O52), VERY FINE, og (signed Stolow) - 405246
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3400
    Stock #: 405246
    $1,750.00
  53. GREAT BRITAIN - SELECTION OF BETTER ITEMS. VERY FINE - 405198
    GREAT BRITAIN - SELECTION OF BETTER ITEMS. VERY FINE - 405198
    Great Britain Collections (GRBRIX)
    Estimated Net Value: $750.00 – $850.00
    Stock #: 405198
    $750.00
  54. GREAT BRITAIN - VERY NICE COLLECTION - 405182
    GREAT BRITAIN - VERY NICE COLLECTION - 405182
    Great Britain Collections (GRBRIX)
    Estimated Net Value: $750.00 – 850.00
    Stock #: 405182
    $750.00
  55. GREAT BRITAIN - HIGH QUALITY TWO-VOLUME COLLECTION BEGINNING WITH 6 PENNY BLACKS - 401845
    GREAT BRITAIN - HIGH QUALITY TWO-VOLUME COLLECTION BEGINNING WITH 6 PENNY BLACKS - 401845
    Great Britain Collections (GRBRIX)
    Estimated Net Value: $10,000.00 – $12,500.00
    Stock #: 401845
    $10,000.00
  56. GREAT BRITAIN - 20TH CENTURY SPECIALIZED SELECTION - 403813
    GREAT BRITAIN - 20TH CENTURY SPECIALIZED SELECTION - 403813
    Great Britain Collections (GRBRIX)
    Scott Catalog Value: $46,400.00
    Stock #: 403813
    $7,000.00
  57. GREAT BRITAIN - CLASSICS - VERY NICE STOCK - 403815
    GREAT BRITAIN - CLASSICS - VERY NICE STOCK - 403815
    Great Britain Collections (GRBRIX)
    Scott Catalog Value: $35,000.00
    Stock #: 403815
    $5,000.00
  58. GREAT BRTAIN - PREMIUM SELECTION - 404723
    GREAT BRTAIN - PREMIUM SELECTION - 404723
    Great Britain Collections (GRBRIX)
    Scott Catalog About: $15,650.00
    Stock #: 404723
    $2,350.00
  59. GREAT BRITAIN - EMBOSSED REVENUES 1650-1840 - 401811
    GREAT BRITAIN - EMBOSSED REVENUES 1650-1840 - 401811
    Great Britain Collections (GRBRIX)
    Estimated Catalog Value: $2,000.00 – 3000
    Stock #: 401811
    $2,000.00

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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.