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  1. (1-2), VERY FINE, og - 407131
    (1-2), VERY FINE, og - 407131
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $635.00
    Stock #: 407131
    Your Price $285.00 Originally $570.00
  2. (3), VERY FINE, og - 407132
    (3), VERY FINE, og - 407132
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $600.00
    Stock #: 407132
    Your Price $270.00 Originally $540.00
  3. (4-5), VERY FINE, og - 407268
    (4-5), VERY FINE, og - 407268
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,330.00
    Stock #: 407268
    Your Price $1,000.00 Originally $2,000.00
  4. (4-5), VERY FINE, og - 407133
    (4-5), VERY FINE, og - 407133
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,330.00
    Stock #: 407133
    Your Price $1,000.00 Originally $2,000.00
  5. (6), VERY FINE, og - 407134
    (6), VERY FINE, og - 407134
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $450.00
    Stock #: 407134
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $400.00
  6. (7-9), VERY FINE, no gum - 407135
    (7-9), VERY FINE, no gum - 407135
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $247.00
    Stock #: 407135
    Your Price $100.00 Originally $200.00
  7. (14), VERY FINE, no gum - 407269
    (14), VERY FINE, no gum - 407269
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $550.00
    Stock #: 407269
    Your Price $192.50 Originally $385.00
  8. (15), VERY FINE, no gum - 407270
    (15), VERY FINE, no gum - 407270
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $675.00
    Stock #: 407270
    Your Price $218.75 Originally $437.50
  9. (19a, 19b, 19c), VERY FINE, og - 407272
    (19a, 19b, 19c), VERY FINE, og - 407272
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $375.00
    Stock #: 407272
    Your Price $170.00 Originally $340.00
  10. (28-39), VERY FINE, og - 407273
    (28-39), VERY FINE, og - 407273
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $229.60
    Stock #: 407273
    Your Price $105.00 Originally $210.00
  11. (55-79), VERY FINE, og - 407275
    (55-79), VERY FINE, og - 407275
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $264.25
    Stock #: 407275
    Your Price $132.00 Originally $264.00
  12. (96, 96a, 97), VERY FINE, og, #97 NH - 407276
    (96, 96a, 97), VERY FINE, og, #97 NH - 407276
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog Value: $635.00
    Stock #: 407276
    Your Price $317.50 Originally $635.00
  13. BERMUDA - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH PREMIUM - 406899
    BERMUDA - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH PREMIUM - 406899
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Scott Catalog About: $2850.00
    Stock #: 406899
    Your Price $625.00 Originally $1,250.00
  14. BERMUDA - Interesting selection of mint singles and blocks - 406471
    BERMUDA - Interesting selection of mint singles and blocks - 406471
    Bermuda (BERMU)
    Estimated Net Value: $550.00 – $650
    Stock #: 406471
    Your Price $275.00 Originally $550.00

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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.