British Commonwealth

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.

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  1. (136-137), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 402600
    (136-137), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 402600
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: 365.00
    Stock #: 402600
    $160.00
  2. CANADA-SQUARED CIRCLE POSTMARKS - 402504
    CANADA-SQUARED CIRCLE POSTMARKS - 402504
    Canada Collections (CANADX)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: 300
    Stock #: 402504
    $250.00
  3. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402437
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $180.00
  4. (1), SUPERB
    (1), SUPERB
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402411
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $250.00
  5. (1), SUPERB
    (1), SUPERB
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402414
    Your Price $240.00 Originally $300.00
  6. (1), SUPERB
    (1), SUPERB
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402415
    Your Price $240.00 Originally $300.00
  7. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 401281
    Your Price $96.00 Originally $160.00
  8. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 401425
    Your Price $78.00 Originally $130.00
  9. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402119
    Your Price $78.00 Originally $130.00
  10. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402431
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $180.00
  11. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402432
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $180.00
  12. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402433
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $180.00
  13. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402434
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $180.00
  14. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402435
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $180.00
  15. (1), VERY FINE
    (1), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 402436
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $180.00
  16. (1), on piece, VERY FINE
    (1), on piece, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 396863
    Your Price $55.00 Originally $110.00
  17. (1), on cover with well centered Red Maltese cancel, VERY FINE
    (1), on cover with well centered Red Maltese cancel, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $640.00
    Stock #: 401622
    Your Price $195.00 Originally $325.00
  18. (1), on folded letter, VERY FINE
    (1), on folded letter, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $640.00
    Stock #: 401365
    Your Price $195.00 Originally $325.00
  19. (2), VERY FINE
    (2), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $700.00
    Stock #: 402430
    Your Price $220.00 Originally $275.00
  20. (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)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $550.00
    Stock #: 401146
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $240.00
  21. (5), EXTREMELY FINE
    (5), EXTREMELY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 401283
    Your Price $255.00 Originally $425.00
  22. (5), VERY FINE
    (5), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 392456
    Your Price $55.00 Originally $110.00
  23. (5), VERY FINE
    (5), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 397352
    Your Price $137.50 Originally $275.00
  24. (5), VERY FINE
    (5), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 402438
    Your Price $260.00 Originally $325.00
  25. (5),EXTREMELY FINE
    (5),EXTREMELY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 402439
    Your Price $280.00 Originally $350.00
  26. (6), VERY FINE
    (6), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,500.00
    Stock #: 397041
    Your Price $312.50 Originally $625.00
  27. (7), VERY FINE
    (7), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 402440
    Your Price $260.00 Originally $325.00
  28. (7), VERY FINE
    (7), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 402441
    Your Price $260.00 Originally $325.00
  29. (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 $300.00 Originally $500.00
  30. (24), F-VF
    (24), F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $540.00
    Stock #: 402428
    Your Price $112.00 Originally $140.00
  31. (26), F-VF, og
    (26), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,750.00
    Stock #: 401277
    Your Price $375.00 Originally $625.00
  32. (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
  33. (27c), VERY FINE
    (27c), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $950.00
    Stock #: 391101
    Your Price $80.00 Originally $160.00
  34. (29), plate 7, FINE, og
    (29), plate 7, FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,600.00
    Stock #: 391086
    Your Price $100.00 Originally $200.00
  35. (29), plate #12, FINE, og
    (29), plate #12, FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,000.00
    Stock #: 391095
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $400.00
  36. (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 $240.00 Originally $400.00
  37. (37), F-VF, og
    (37), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,500.00
    Stock #: 401179
    Your Price $375.00 Originally $750.00
  38. (37a), VERY FINE
    (37a), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $525.00
    Stock #: 397050
    Your Price $120.00 Originally $240.00
  39. (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
  40. (39), gum tones, FINE-VERY FINE
    (39), gum tones, FINE-VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,250.00
    Stock #: 387642
    Your Price $75.00 Originally $150.00
  41. (40), F-VF, og
    (40), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,900.00
    Stock #: 401185
    Your Price $625.00 Originally $1,250.00
  42. (52), VERY FINE, og
    (52), VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,400.00
    Stock #: 401307
    Your Price $720.00 Originally $1,200.00
  43. (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
  44. (53), F-VF, og
    (53), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,500.00
    Stock #: 401305
    Your Price $630.00 Originally $1,050.00
  45. (53), reperfed, FINE, og
    (53), reperfed, FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,500.00
    Stock #: 391090
    Your Price $95.00 Originally $190.00
  46. (55), FINE, og
    (55), FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,750.00
    Stock #: 401309
    Your Price $510.00 Originally $850.00
  47. (56), F-VF
    (56), F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,750.00
    Stock #: 401177
    Your Price $500.00 Originally $1,000.00
  48. (66a), F-VF, og
    (66a), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 401187
    Your Price $162.50 Originally $325.00
  49. (66a), plate 2, FINE
    (66a), plate 2, FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,500.00
    Stock #: 387010
    Your Price $110.00 Originally $220.00
  50. (67), VERY FINE, og
    (67), VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $500.00
    Stock #: 397338
    Your Price $80.00 Originally $160.00
  51. (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
  52. (69-71, 73), VERY FINE
    (69-71, 73), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,675.00
    Stock #: 397337
    Your Price $237.50 Originally $475.00
  53. (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 #: 392100
    Your Price $105.00 Originally $210.00
  54. (83), VERY FINE, og, NH (Scott price for hinged)
    (83), VERY FINE, og, NH (Scott price for hinged)
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $500.00
    Stock #: 401182
    Your Price $187.50 Originally $375.00
  55. (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 $162.50 Originally $325.00
  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. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 401183
    Your Price $850.00 Originally $1,700.00
  58. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 401184
    Your Price $850.00 Originally $1,700.00
  59. (94-95), VERY FINE, og
    (94-95), VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,300.00
    Stock #: 401180
    Your Price $312.50 Originally $625.00
  60. (96), VERY FINE, og
    (96), VERY FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $625.00
    Stock #: 397334
    Your Price $110.00 Originally $220.00

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