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  1. UN - COMPLETE COLLECTION TO 2000 - 402902
    UN - COMPLETE COLLECTION TO 2000 - 402902
    United Nations Collections (UNX)
    Estimated Net Value: $500.00 – 600
    Stock #: 402902
    $500.00
  2. (J104-J112), in blocks of six, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 403094
    (J104-J112), in blocks of six, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 403094
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $227.40
    Stock #: 403094
    $120.00
  3. (1478), single & block of six, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 403092
    (1478), single & block of six, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 403092
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $192.50
    Stock #: 403092
    $100.00
  4. (1446a-1448a), single & block of six, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 403091
    (1446a-1448a), single & block of six, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 403091
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $537.25
    Stock #: 403091
    $275.00
  5. (109), VERY FINE - 402735
    (109), VERY FINE - 402735
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 550
    Stock #: 402735
    $240.00
  6. (109), EXTREMELY FINE - 402615
    (109), EXTREMELY FINE - 402615
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 550
    Stock #: 402615
    Your Price $495.00 Originally $550.00
  7. (5), VERY FINE - 402549
    (5), VERY FINE - 402549
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 900
    Stock #: 402549
    Your Price $360.00 Originally $400.00
  8. (80-81), VERY FINE, og
    (80-81), VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $540.00
    Stock #: 401186
    Your Price $168.00 Originally $240.00
  9. (96), F-VF, og
    (96), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $625.00
    Stock #: 398270
    Your Price $95.00 Originally $190.00
  10. (104), VERY FINE, og
    (104), VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $575.00
    Stock #: 397328
    Your Price $85.00 Originally $170.00
  11. (103), VERY FINE, og
    (103), VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $575.00
    Stock #: 397325
    Your Price $85.00 Originally $170.00
  12. (8-13), VERY FINE
    (8-13), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $537.50
    Stock #: 397341
    Your Price $80.00 Originally $160.00
  13. [(69),] light gum tones, F-VF
    [(69),] light gum tones, F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,750.00
    Stock #: 387645
    Your Price $212.50 Originally $425.00
  14. [(39),] F-VF, og
    [(39),] F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,250.00
    Stock #: 387666
    Your Price $425.00 Originally $850.00
  15. [(106), ]EXTREMELY FINE, og
    [(106), ]EXTREMELY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,250.00
    Stock #: 391353
    Your Price $312.50 Originally $625.00
  16. [(105), ]VERY FINE, og
    [(105), ]VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $600.00
    Stock #: 391639
    Your Price $150.00 Originally $300.00
  17. [(94-95), ]VERY FINE, og
    [(94-95), ]VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,300.00
    Stock #: 391480
    Your Price $225.00 Originally $450.00
  18. [(29), plate 8,] F-VF, og
    [(29), plate 8,] F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,450.00
    Stock #: 391087
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $400.00
  19. [(101 {238}),] partial plating, VERY FINE
    [(101 {238}),] partial plating, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $4,104.00
    Stock #: 383509
    Your Price $375.00 Originally $700.00
  20. [(79 {221}), partial plating (221),] F-VF
    [(79 {221}), partial plating (221),] F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,762.00
    Stock #: 383511
    Your Price $262.50 Originally $525.00
  21. [(33), pl. #121,] partial plating of 214 stamps, VERY FINE
    [(33), pl. #121,] partial plating of 214 stamps, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,461.00
    Stock #: 383514
    Your Price $250.00 Originally $475.00
  22. [(33), pl. #139,] partial plating of 239 stamps, VERY FINE
    [(33), pl. #139,] partial plating of 239 stamps, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,019.00
    Stock #: 383518
    Your Price $550.00 Originally $1,000.00
  23. [(33), pl. #116,] partial plating of 234 stamps, VERY FINE
    [(33), pl. #116,] partial plating of 234 stamps, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,691.00
    Stock #: 383515
    Your Price $325.00 Originally $525.00
  24. [(33), pl. # 152,] complete plating of 240 stamps, VERY FINE
    [(33), pl. # 152,] complete plating of 240 stamps, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,800.00
    Stock #: 383507
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $350.00
  25. [(33), pl. #166,] partial plating of 211 stamps, VERY FINE
    [(33), pl. #166,] partial plating of 211 stamps, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,529.00
    Stock #: 383506
    Your Price $160.00 Originally $300.00
  26. [(33), pl. #195,] partial plating of 205 stamps, VERY FINE
    [(33), pl. #195,] partial plating of 205 stamps, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,255.00
    Stock #: 383505
    Your Price $240.00 Originally $425.00
  27. [(33), pl. #175,] partial plating of 203 stamps, VERY FINE
    [(33), pl. #175,] partial plating of 203 stamps, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $913.50
    Stock #: 383504
    Your Price $95.00 Originally $190.00
  28. (1), VERY FINE - 403387
    (1), VERY FINE - 403387
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $320
    Stock #: 403387
    $120.00
  29. (1), three stamps, VERY FINE - 404359
    (1), three stamps, VERY FINE - 404359
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $960.00
    Stock #: 404359
    $180.00
  30. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Stock #: 401425
    Your Price $104.00 Originally $130.00
  31. (4), two used stamps with black Maltese crosses on a folded letter, VERY FINE
    (4), two used stamps with black Maltese crosses on a folded letter, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Stock #: 401146
    Your Price $192.00 Originally $240.00
  32. (5),EXTREMELY FINE
    (5),EXTREMELY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 402439
    Your Price $315.00 Originally $350.00
  33. (5), VERY FINE
    (5), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 402438
    Your Price $292.50 Originally $325.00
  34. (5), EXTREMELY FINE
    (5), EXTREMELY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 401283
    Your Price $340.00 Originally $425.00
  35. (7), VERY FINE
    (7), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 402441
    Your Price $292.50 Originally $325.00
  36. (7), VERY FINE
    (7), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 402440
    Your Price $292.50 Originally $325.00
  37. (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 $400.00 Originally $500.00
  38. (24), F-VF
    (24), F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $540.00
    Stock #: 402428
    Your Price $126.00 Originally $140.00
  39. (27-28), VERY FINE
    (27-28), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $400.00
    Stock #: 397043
    Your Price $80.00 Originally $160.00
  40. (33) COMPLETE POSITIONING OF 240 STAMPS. F-VF
    (33) COMPLETE POSITIONING OF 240 STAMPS. F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $660.00
    Stock #: 401772
    Your Price $360.00 Originally $400.00
  41. (37), F-VF, og
    (37), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,500.00
    Stock #: 401179
    Your Price $600.00 Originally $750.00
  42. (37a), VERY FINE
    (37a), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $525.00
    Stock #: 397050
    Your Price $120.00 Originally $240.00
  43. (39), F-VF, og
    (39), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,250.00
    Stock #: 395735
    Your Price $325.00 Originally $650.00
  44. (40), F-VF, og
    (40), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,900.00
    Stock #: 401185
    Your Price $1,000.00 Originally $1,250.00
  45. (52), VERY FINE, og
    (52), VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,400.00
    Stock #: 401307
    Your Price $960.00 Originally $1,200.00
  46. (52, pair), F-VF
    (52, pair), F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $600.00
    Stock #: 397051
    Your Price $137.50 Originally $275.00
  47. (53), F-VF, og
    (53), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,500.00
    Stock #: 401305
    Your Price $840.00 Originally $1,050.00
  48. (55), FINE, og
    (55), FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,750.00
    Stock #: 401309
    Your Price $680.00 Originally $850.00
  49. (56), F-VF
    (56), F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Stock #: 401177
    Your Price $800.00 Originally $1,000.00
  50. (66a), plate 2, FINE
    (66a), plate 2, FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,500.00
    Stock #: 387010
    Your Price $110.00 Originally $220.00
  51. (66a), F-VF, og
    (66a), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 401187
    Your Price $260.00 Originally $325.00
  52. (69-70),  each with thin & light toning, FINE-VERY FINE, og
    (69-70), each with thin & light toning, FINE-VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $4,100.00
    Stock #: 396313
    Your Price $275.00 Originally $550.00
  53. (87), F-VF, og (Pinchot certificate)
    (87), F-VF, og (Pinchot certificate)
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $700.00
    Stock #: 399869
    Your Price $195.00 Originally $325.00
  54. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 401184
    Your Price $1,360.00 Originally $1,700.00
  55. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 401183
    Your Price $1,360.00 Originally $1,700.00
  56. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 397335
    Your Price $800.00 Originally $1,600.00
  57. (96), three examples, VERY FINE
    (96), three examples, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $495.00
    Stock #: 401429
    Your Price $160.00 Originally $200.00
  58. (108a), F-VF
    (108a), F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $4,000.00
    Stock #: 391984
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $400.00
  59. (101 {238}), partial plating, VERY FINE
    (101 {238}), partial plating, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $4,104.00
    Stock #: 392099
    Your Price $150.00 Originally $300.00
  60. (103 (32), 104 (36),) F-VF
    (103 (32), 104 (36),) F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $14,490.00
    Stock #: 394121
    Your Price $350.00 Originally $700.00

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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.