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  1. IRELAND - MOSTLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404741
    IRELAND - MOSTLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404741
    Ireland (IRELA)
    Scott Catalog About: $1,175.00
    Stock #: 404741
    Your Price $120.00 Originally $300.00
  2. (223a), block of four, VERY FINE, og NH - 402558
    (223a), block of four, VERY FINE, og NH - 402558
    Jamaica (JAMAI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 380
    Stock #: 402558
    Your Price $56.00 Originally $160.00
  3. (103-115), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 405864
    (103-115), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 405864
    Leeward Islands (LEEIS)
    Scott Catalog Value: $750.00
    Stock #: 405864
    Your Price $300.00 Originally $600.00
  4. (3b), F-VF, no gum - 405807
    (3b), F-VF, no gum - 405807
    Mauritius (MAURI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $19,000.00
    Stock #: 405807
    Your Price $2,812.50 Originally $6,250.00
  5. (14Bc), pair, FINE-VERY FINE - 405520
    (14Bc), pair, FINE-VERY FINE - 405520
    Mauritius (MAURI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1250.00
    Stock #: 405520
    Your Price $202.50 Originally $450.00
  6. (5a), VERY FINE - 405523
    (5a), VERY FINE - 405523
    Mauritius (MAURI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,900.00
    Stock #: 405523
    Your Price $450.00 Originally $1,000.00
  7. (6a), FINE-VERY FINE - 405519
    (6a), FINE-VERY FINE - 405519
    Mauritius (MAURI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3,750.00
    Stock #: 405519
    Your Price $630.00 Originally $1,400.00
  8. (14), Fine - 404981
    (14), Fine - 404981
    Mauritius (MAURI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 3250
    Stock #: 404981
    Your Price $400.00 Originally $1,000.00
  9. (14B), VERY FINE - 406194
    (14B), VERY FINE - 406194
    Mauritius (MAURI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,900.00
    Stock #: 406194
    Your Price $950.00 Originally $1,900.00
  10. (14B), FINE-VERY FINE - 405518
    (14B), FINE-VERY FINE - 405518
    Mauritius (MAURI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,900.00
    Stock #: 405518
    Your Price $450.00 Originally $1,000.00
  11. (14B), EXTREMELY FINE, SPA Cert - 405522
    (14B), EXTREMELY FINE, SPA Cert - 405522
    Mauritius (MAURI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,900.00
    Stock #: 405522
    Your Price $675.00 Originally $1,500.00
  12. (436a), 28 sheets of four, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH
    (436a), 28 sheets of four, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH
    Nauru (NAURU)
    Stock #: 391237
    Your Price $42.00 Originally $140.00
  13. NEW ZEALAND - MINT SET SELECTION - POSTAGE FACE VALUE NZD$3,125 - 405451
    NEW ZEALAND - MINT SET SELECTION - POSTAGE FACE VALUE NZD$3,125 - 405451
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Face: $2,000.00
    Stock #: 405451
    Your Price $720.00 Originally $1,600.00
  14. VERY NICE, ALMOST ENTIRELY ALL MINT SELECTION - 405378
    VERY NICE, ALMOST ENTIRELY ALL MINT SELECTION - 405378
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Scott Catalog About: 1920
    Stock #: 405378
    Your Price $225.00 Originally $500.00
  15. NEW ZEALAND - MOSTLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404961
    NEW ZEALAND - MOSTLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404961
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Estimated Net Value: $500.00 – $600.00
    Stock #: 404961
    Your Price $160.00 Originally $400.00
  16. NEW ZEALAND - HIGH QUALITY MAINLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404721
    NEW ZEALAND - HIGH QUALITY MAINLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 404721
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Scott Catalog About: $1,450
    Stock #: 404721
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $500.00
  17. (14/56), VERY FINE, og - 406059
    (14/56), VERY FINE, og - 406059
    North Borneo (NOBOR)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,329.25
    Stock #: 406059
    Your Price $212.50 Originally $425.00
  18. (C1), imperf, 40 sheets of 25, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 405455
    (C1), imperf, 40 sheets of 25, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 405455
    St. Lucia (STLUC)
    Scott Catalog Value: $15,000.00
    Stock #: 405455
    Your Price $675.00 Originally $1,500.00
  19. SAINT VINCENT - NICE COLLECTION ON ALBUM PAGES - 406534
    SAINT VINCENT - NICE COLLECTION ON ALBUM PAGES - 406534
    St. Vincent (STVIN)
    Estimated Net Value: $250.00 – $300.00
    Stock #: 406534
    Your Price $125.00 Originally $250.00
  20. SARAWAK - 406424
    SARAWAK - 406424
    Sarawak (SARAW)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,000.00 – $1250
    Stock #: 406424
    Your Price $500.00 Originally $1,000.00
  21. SOUTH AFRICAN AREA - 406416
    SOUTH AFRICAN AREA - 406416
    South Africa (SOAFR)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,100.00 – $1200
    Stock #: 406416
    Your Price $550.00 Originally $1,100.00
  22. SOUTH AFRICAN AREA - FIRST DAY COVER selection - 405343
    SOUTH AFRICAN AREA - FIRST DAY COVER selection - 405343
    South Africa (SOAFR)
    Estimated Net Value: $450.00 – 550
    Stock #: 405343
    Your Price $213.75 Originally $475.00
  23. SOUTH AFRICA & AREA - 405011
    SOUTH AFRICA & AREA - 405011
    South Africa (SOAFR)
    Estimated Net Value: $850.00 – $950
    Stock #: 405011
    Your Price $340.00 Originally $850.00
  24. SOUTH AFRICA - LOVELY TWO VOLUME COLLECTION WITH CAPE OF GOOD HOPE - 403838
    SOUTH AFRICA - LOVELY TWO VOLUME COLLECTION WITH CAPE OF GOOD HOPE - 403838
    South Africa (SOAFR)
    Estimated Net Value: $2,000.00 – $2,500.00
    Stock #: 403838
    Your Price $800.00 Originally $2,000.00
  25. STRAITS SETTLEMENTS - WONDERFUL ALL MINT - 406537
    STRAITS SETTLEMENTS - WONDERFUL ALL MINT - 406537
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $4600.00
    Stock #: 406537
    Your Price $1,100.00 Originally $2,200.00
  26. TONGA - 404868
    TONGA - 404868
    Tonga (TONGA)
    Estimated Net Value: $850.00 – $1000
    Stock #: 404868
    Your Price $340.00 Originally $850.00
  27. (30), VERY FINE, og - 405503
    (30), VERY FINE, og - 405503
    Turks Islands (TURIS)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,500.00
    Stock #: 405503
    Your Price $450.00 Originally $1,000.00
  28. TURKS ISLANDS - VERY NICE SPECIALIZED COLLECTION - 406299
    TURKS ISLANDS - VERY NICE SPECIALIZED COLLECTION - 406299
    Turks Islands (TURIS)
    Estimated Net Value: $2,000.00 – $2500.00
    Stock #: 406299
    Your Price $1,000.00 Originally $2,000.00
  29. BRITISH EMPIRE - 405774
    BRITISH EMPIRE - 405774
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,800.00
    Stock #: 405774
    Your Price $425.00 Originally $850.00
  30. BRITISH COMMONWEALTH - VERY NICE STOCK BOOK OF A COUPLE THOUSAND - 406296
    BRITISH COMMONWEALTH - VERY NICE STOCK BOOK OF A COUPLE THOUSAND - 406296
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,500.00 – $2000.00
    Stock #: 406296
    Your Price $750.00 Originally $1,500.00
  31. BRITISH EMPIRE - THOUSANDS OF SETS & SINGLES - 406203
    BRITISH EMPIRE - THOUSANDS OF SETS & SINGLES - 406203
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Estimated Catalog Value: $900.00 – $1,000.00
    Stock #: 406203
    Your Price $450.00 Originally $900.00
  32. BRITISH EMPIRE - MOSTLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 406820
    BRITISH EMPIRE - MOSTLY PREMIUM SELECTION - 406820
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Scott Catalog About: $5,100.00
    Stock #: 406820
    Your Price $750.00 Originally $1,500.00
  33. BRITISH ASIA - OVER 900 DIFFERENT WITH PREMIUM - 406409
    BRITISH ASIA - OVER 900 DIFFERENT WITH PREMIUM - 406409
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,500.00 – $1750
    Stock #: 406409
    Your Price $750.00 Originally $1,500.00
  34. BRITISH CARRIBEAN - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION WITH PREMIUM THROUGHOUT - 406381
    BRITISH CARRIBEAN - HIGH QUALITY COLLECTION WITH PREMIUM THROUGHOUT - 406381
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Estimated Net Value: $750.00 – $850
    Stock #: 406381
    Your Price $375.00 Originally $750.00
  35. COLLECTIONS & MORE
    COLLECTIONS & MORE
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,500.00 – $2000
    Stock #: 405957
    Your Price $750.00 Originally $1,500.00
  36. THOUSANDS OF DIFFERENT PRE-1940 ISSUES FROM THE BRITISH EMPIRE - 405365
    THOUSANDS OF DIFFERENT PRE-1940 ISSUES FROM THE BRITISH EMPIRE - 405365
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Estimated Net Value: $8,500.00 – $10,000
    Stock #: 405365
    Your Price $3,825.00 Originally $8,500.00
  37. TWO VOLUME BRITISH COMMONWEALTH COLLECTION - 405328
    TWO VOLUME BRITISH COMMONWEALTH COLLECTION - 405328
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,100.00 – $1200
    Stock #: 405328
    Your Price $440.00 Originally $1,100.00
  38. BRITISH EMPIRE - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION Very attractive selection of thousands of stamps mostly covering British colonial subjects and Commonwealth issues in mint complete sets, VERY FINE, og, NH
    BRITISH EMPIRE - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION Very attractive selection of thousands of stamps mostly covering British colonial subjects and Commonwealth issues in mint complete sets, VERY FINE, og, NH
    British Empire Collections (BREMPX)
    Estimated Net Value: $2,500.00 - $3,000.00
    Stock #: 400730
    Your Price $700.00 Originally $2,000.00
  39. BELGIUM - PARCEL POSTS, HIGHLY COMPLETE ALL MINT COLLECTION - 405337
    BELGIUM - PARCEL POSTS, HIGHLY COMPLETE ALL MINT COLLECTION - 405337
    Belgium (BELGI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 3191
    Stock #: 405337
    Your Price $680.00 Originally $1,700.00
  40. (92-103), VERY FINE, og - 406058
    (92-103), VERY FINE, og - 406058
    Egypt (EGYPT)
    Scott Catalog Value: $270.30
    Stock #: 406058
    Your Price $162.50 Originally $325.00
  41. (O10-O16), VERY FINE - 402750
    (O10-O16), VERY FINE - 402750
    North Viet Nam (NVNAM)
    Scott Catalog Value: $225
    Stock #: 402750
    Your Price $35.00 Originally $100.00
  42. (27-28), VERY FINE - 404727
    (27-28), VERY FINE - 404727
    Germany (GE)
    Scott Catalog Value: $492.50
    Stock #: 404727
    Your Price $112.00 Originally $280.00
  43. BRITISH EMPIRE - EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF A COUPLE THOUSAND STAMPS - 406300
    BRITISH EMPIRE - EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF A COUPLE THOUSAND STAMPS - 406300
    General Foreign Collections Collections (GFX)
    Estimated Net Value: $2,000.00 – $2500.00
    Stock #: 406300
    Your Price $1,000.00 Originally $2,000.00
  44. GREAT BRITAIN & BRITISH EUROPE- OVER 2,400 DIFFERENT STAMPS WITH PREMIUM - 406812
    GREAT BRITAIN & BRITISH EUROPE- OVER 2,400 DIFFERENT STAMPS WITH PREMIUM - 406812
    General Foreign Collections Collections (GFX)
    Estimated Net Value: $1,500.00 – $1750
    Stock #: 406812
    Your Price $750.00 Originally $1,500.00

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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.