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  1. (2), FINE-VERY FINE - 405552
    (2), FINE-VERY FINE - 405552
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,650.00
    Stock #: 405552
    Your Price $258.75 Originally $575.00
  2. (4), on folded envelope, VERY FINE - 405671
    (4), on folded envelope, VERY FINE - 405671
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $450
    Stock #: 405671
    Your Price $125.00 Originally $250.00
  3. (5), VERY FINE - 406372
    (5), VERY FINE - 406372
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,200.00
    Stock #: 406372
    Your Price $412.50 Originally $825.00
  4. (7), VERY FINE - 406371
    (7), VERY FINE - 406371
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,750.00
    Stock #: 406371
    Your Price $362.50 Originally $725.00
  5. (7), F-VF - 402519
    (7), F-VF - 402519
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: 1650
    Stock #: 402519
    Your Price $245.00 Originally $700.00
  6. (9P), proof pair on India, VERY FINE (Unitrade C$600) - 405961
    (9P), proof pair on India, VERY FINE (Unitrade C$600) - 405961
    Canada (CANAD)
    Estimated Catalog Value: $450
    Stock #: 405961
    Your Price $187.50 Originally $375.00
  7. (11), FINE-VERY FINE, og - 405541
    (11), FINE-VERY FINE, og - 405541
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3,500.00
    Stock #: 405541
    Your Price $562.50 Originally $1,250.00
  8. (15 {67 stamps}), F-VF - 406871
    (15 {67 stamps}), F-VF - 406871
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Over: $2,475.00
    Stock #: 406871
    Your Price $375.00 Originally $750.00
  9. (20), VERY FINE, og - 405722
    (20), VERY FINE, og - 405722
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $800.00
    Stock #: 405722
    Your Price $213.75 Originally $475.00
  10. (21-28), VERY FINE, #28 mint no gum
    (21-28), VERY FINE, #28 mint no gum
    Canada (CANAD)
    (Catalog Value): $1,920.00
    Stock #: 397283
    Your Price $236.25 Originally $675.00
  11. (22), VERY FINE, no gum - 403933
    (22), VERY FINE, no gum - 403933
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $550.00
    Stock #: 403933
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $350.00
  12. (23), VERY FINE, no gum - 403931
    (23), VERY FINE, no gum - 403931
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,750.00
    Stock #: 403931
    Your Price $320.00 Originally $800.00
  13. (24), EXTREMELY FINE, no gum - 403925
    (24), EXTREMELY FINE, no gum - 403925
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $725.00
    Stock #: 403925
    Your Price $230.00 Originally $575.00
  14. (25), VERY FINE, og - 403930
    (25), VERY FINE, og - 403930
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,250.00
    Stock #: 403930
    Your Price $600.00 Originally $1,500.00
  15. (27), VERY FINE, no gum - 403929
    (27), VERY FINE, no gum - 403929
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,800.00
    Stock #: 403929
    Your Price $480.00 Originally $1,200.00
  16. (38), VERY FINE, og - 403932
    (38), VERY FINE, og - 403932
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 403932
    Your Price $260.00 Originally $650.00
  17. (42), pair, VERY FINE, og, one is NH
    (42), pair, VERY FINE, og, one is NH
    Canada (CANAD)
    (Catalog Value): $730.00
    Stock #: 401359
    Your Price $105.00 Originally $300.00
  18. (44), pair, F-VF, og, one is NH
    (44), pair, F-VF, og, one is NH
    Canada (CANAD)
    (Catalog Value): $810.00
    Stock #: 401357
    Your Price $148.75 Originally $425.00
  19. (45), SUPERP, full og, NH - 403935
    (45), SUPERP, full og, NH - 403935
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,400.00
    Stock #: 403935
    Your Price $600.00 Originally $1,500.00
  20. (45), F-VF, og
    (45), F-VF, og
    Canada (CANAD)
    (Catalog Value): $725.00
    Stock #: 401220
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00
  21. (50-61), F-VF, og, NH - 405465
    (50-61), F-VF, og, NH - 405465
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $6,095.00
    Stock #: 405465
    Your Price $1,375.00 Originally $2,750.00
  22. (50-60), VERY FINE, og - 404718
    (50-60), VERY FINE, og - 404718
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,737.00
    Stock #: 404718
    Your Price $400.00 Originally $1,000.00
  23. (55), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 403936
    (55), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 403936
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $575.00
    Stock #: 403936
    Your Price $220.00 Originally $550.00
  24. (55,83,84,93), VERY FINE, og - 404478
    (55,83,84,93), VERY FINE, og - 404478
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,730.00
    Stock #: 404478
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $360.00
  25. (57), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403550
    (57), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403550
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $425.00
    Stock #: 403550
    Your Price $80.00 Originally $200.00
  26. (61), VERY FINE, roller cancel - 406369
    (61), VERY FINE, roller cancel - 406369
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $700.00
    Stock #: 406369
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $400.00
  27. (61), F-VF, toned og - 406367
    (61), F-VF, toned og - 406367
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 406367
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $400.00
  28. (61), F-VF, og, NH - 406364
    (61), F-VF, og, NH - 406364
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,900.00
    Stock #: 406364
    Your Price $600.00 Originally $1,200.00
  29. (61), small thin, EXTREMELY FINE - 405406
    (61), small thin, EXTREMELY FINE - 405406
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: 300
    Stock #: 405406
    Your Price $135.00 Originally $300.00
  30. (62), VERY FINE, og - 406366
    (62), VERY FINE, og - 406366
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,400.00
    Stock #: 406366
    Your Price $450.00 Originally $900.00
  31. (63), VERY FINE - 406365
    (63), VERY FINE - 406365
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,100.00
    Stock #: 406365
    Your Price $350.00 Originally $700.00
  32. (65), VERY FINE - 406368
    (65), VERY FINE - 406368
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,100.00
    Stock #: 406368
    Your Price $350.00 Originally $700.00
  33. (66-73), EXTREMELY FINE, og - 403934
    (66-73), EXTREMELY FINE, og - 403934
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,405.00
    Stock #: 403934
    Your Price $440.00 Originally $1,100.00
  34. (66-73), VERY FINE, og (#66 - #68 NH)
    (66-73), VERY FINE, og (#66 - #68 NH)
    Canada (CANAD)
    (Catalog Value): $2,290.00
    Stock #: 399201
    Your Price $350.00 Originally $1,000.00
  35. (71), VERY FINE, og, NH - 406363
    (71), VERY FINE, og, NH - 406363
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $325.00
    Stock #: 406363
    Your Price $125.00 Originally $250.00
  36. (72), corner margin single, VERY FINE, og, NH
    (72), corner margin single, VERY FINE, og, NH
    Canada (CANAD)
    (Catalog Value): $800.00
    Stock #: 401217
    Your Price $166.25 Originally $475.00
  37. (75), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 402525
    (75), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 402525
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: 1500
    Stock #: 402525
    Your Price $420.00 Originally $1,200.00
  38. (75), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 402524
    (75), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 402524
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: 1500
    Stock #: 402524
    Your Price $420.00 Originally $1,200.00
  39. (79-84), EXTREMELY FINE, og - 403940
    (79-84), EXTREMELY FINE, og - 403940
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,100.00
    Stock #: 403940
    Your Price $600.00 Originally $1,500.00
  40. (84) VERY FINE, og - 402521
    (84) VERY FINE, og - 402521
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: 650
    Stock #: 402521
    Your Price $96.25 Originally $275.00
  41. (85), block of six, VERY FINE, og, NH
    (85), block of six, VERY FINE, og, NH
    Canada (CANAD)
    Stock #: 401370
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00
  42. (85), block of eight, VERY FINE, og, NH
    (85), block of eight, VERY FINE, og, NH
    Canada (CANAD)
    (Catalog Value): $800.00
    Stock #: 401369
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $400.00
  43. (85) block of six, VERY FINE, og, NH
    (85) block of six, VERY FINE, og, NH
    Canada (CANAD)
    (Catalog Value): $600.00
    Stock #: 401221
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00
  44. (86), block of 4, block of 6, block of 9, F-VF or better, og, NH - 403519
    (86), block of 4, block of 6, block of 9, F-VF or better, og, NH - 403519
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,800.00
    Stock #: 403519
    Your Price $157.50 Originally $450.00
  45. MINT PREMIUM SELECTION (91/159), VERY FINE, og - 403520
    MINT PREMIUM SELECTION (91/159), VERY FINE, og - 403520
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $5959.50
    Stock #: 403520
    Your Price $525.00 Originally $1,500.00
  46. (92), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 406801
    (92), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 406801
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $550.00
    Stock #: 406801
    Your Price $375.00 Originally $750.00
  47. (92), Superb Jumbo, EXTREMELY FINE, og - 406800
    (92), Superb Jumbo, EXTREMELY FINE, og - 406800
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $225.00
    Stock #: 406800
    Your Price $150.00 Originally $300.00
  48. (92), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403937
    (92), VERY FINE, og, NH - 403937
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $650.00
    Stock #: 403937
    Your Price $200.00 Originally $500.00
  49. (94), SUPERB, og - 403938
    (94), SUPERB, og - 403938
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $800.00
    Stock #: 403938
    Your Price $300.00 Originally $750.00
  50. (103), VERY FINE, og, NH - 405471
    (103), VERY FINE, og, NH - 405471
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $625.00
    Stock #: 405471
    Your Price $250.00 Originally $500.00
  51. (104-122, 106c, 107a, 108b, 110d, 117a), VERY FINE, og, NH (#107, 111 & 116 hinged)
    (104-122, 106c, 107a, 108b, 110d, 117a), VERY FINE, og, NH (#107, 111 & 116 hinged)
    Canada (CANAD)
    (Catalog Value): $2,576.00
    Stock #: 399216
    Your Price $402.50 Originally $1,150.00
  52. (149-159), VERY FINE, og, #151-152 NH
    (149-159), VERY FINE, og, #151-152 NH
    Canada (CANAD)
    Stock #: 394697
    Your Price $90.00 Originally $300.00
  53. CANADA (158/244) - VERY HIGH QUALITY ALL-MINT PREMIUM SELECTION, POST-1920 - 403521
    CANADA (158/244) - VERY HIGH QUALITY ALL-MINT PREMIUM SELECTION, POST-1920 - 403521
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3,967.00
    Stock #: 403521
    Your Price $350.00 Originally $1,000.00
  54. (176-177, 227, 244-245, 261-262), VERY FINE, og - 405724
    (176-177, 227, 244-245, 261-262), VERY FINE, og - 405724
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $527.50
    Stock #: 405724
    $250.00
  55. (200), plate # block of 4, VERY FINE, og, NH - 404715
    (200), plate # block of 4, VERY FINE, og, NH - 404715
    Canada (CANAD)
    Scott Catalog Value: $475.00
    Stock #: 404715
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $350.00
  56. (262), plate # block of 4, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH, (Unitrade C$900)
    (262), plate # block of 4, EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH, (Unitrade C$900)
    Canada (CANAD)
    Stock #: 400647
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $400.00
  57. (268-273), plate blocks, VERY FINE, og  (Unitrade C$535)
    (268-273), plate blocks, VERY FINE, og (Unitrade C$535)
    Canada (CANAD)
    Stock #: 400471
    Your Price $70.00 Originally $200.00
  58. (411), seven plate blocks, VERY FINE, og, NH (Unitrade C$630) - 404894
    (411), seven plate blocks, VERY FINE, og, NH (Unitrade C$630) - 404894
    Canada (CANAD)
    Estimated Catalog Value: $485 (C$630)
    Stock #: 404894
    Your Price $130.00 Originally $325.00
  59. (Unitrade #465Biii), sheet of 50, VERY FINE, og, NH (Unitrade C$612.50)
    (Unitrade #465Biii), sheet of 50, VERY FINE, og, NH (Unitrade C$612.50)
    Canada (CANAD)
    Stock #: 398345
    Your Price $84.00 Originally $240.00
  60. (1362c, 1394a), #1362c in block of six counted as three pairs, creases, VERY FINE, og, NH
    (1362c, 1394a), #1362c in block of six counted as three pairs, creases, VERY FINE, og, NH
    Canada (CANAD)
    Stock #: 400762
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00

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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.