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  1. (3), VERY FINE, og - 407431
    (3), VERY FINE, og - 407431
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,150.00
    Stock #: 407431
    Your Price $465.75 Originally $1,035.00
  2. (3), with bisected #3, EXTREMELY FINE, no gum, Scott value for single,  - 407335
    (3), with bisected #3, EXTREMELY FINE, no gum, Scott value for single, - 407335
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,150.00
    Stock #: 407335
    Your Price $360.00 Originally $800.00
  3. (3, 4, 6, 6A, 7 [2],  10, 11, 14), F-VF - 406362
    (3, 4, 6, 6A, 7 [2], 10, 11, 14), F-VF - 406362
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,442.50
    Stock #: 406362
    Your Price $230.00 Originally $575.00
  4. (4), pair, Scott value for singles, VERY FINE, og - 407334
    (4), pair, Scott value for singles, VERY FINE, og - 407334
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $420.00
    Stock #: 407334
    Your Price $171.00 Originally $380.00
  5. (4a), VERY FINE, no gum - 407433
    (4a), VERY FINE, no gum - 407433
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $400.00
    Stock #: 407433
    Your Price $180.00 Originally $400.00
  6. (4a), VERY FINE, og - 407432
    (4a), VERY FINE, og - 407432
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $575.00
    Stock #: 407432
    Your Price $234.00 Originally $520.00
  7. (8), VERY FINE - 405527
    (8), VERY FINE - 405527
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,750.00
    Stock #: 405527
    Your Price $300.00 Originally $750.00
  8. (12), VERY FINE, og - 407435
    (12), VERY FINE, og - 407435
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $950.00
    Stock #: 407435
    Your Price $427.50 Originally $950.00
  9. (13), thin, VERY FINE - 405528
    (13), thin, VERY FINE - 405528
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,400.00
    Stock #: 405528
    Your Price $220.00 Originally $550.00
  10. (20A), F-VF, no gum - 407438
    (20A), F-VF, no gum - 407438
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3,200.00
    Stock #: 407438
    Your Price $787.50 Originally $1,750.00
  11. (27), VERY FINE, no gum - 407437
    (27), VERY FINE, no gum - 407437
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $600
    Stock #: 407437
    Your Price $189.00 Originally $420.00
  12. (37), F-VF, og - 407436
    (37), F-VF, og - 407436
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $340.00
    Stock #: 407436
    Your Price $114.75 Originally $255.00
  13. (53), VERY FINE, og - 407442
    (53), VERY FINE, og - 407442
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: 250
    Stock #: 407442
    Your Price $101.25 Originally $225.00
  14. (56), F-VF, no gum - 407441
    (56), F-VF, no gum - 407441
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 407441
    Your Price $1,575.00 Originally $3,500.00
  15. (58), VERY FINE, og - 407439
    (58), VERY FINE, og - 407439
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $375.00
    Stock #: 407439
    Your Price $153.00 Originally $340.00
  16. (63-71, 73), VERY FINE, og, #63 no gum - 407440
    (63-71, 73), VERY FINE, og, #63 no gum - 407440
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,203.00
    Stock #: 407440
    Your Price $495.00 Originally $1,100.00
  17. (103-104), VERY FINE, og - 407444
    (103-104), VERY FINE, og - 407444
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $875.00
    Stock #: 407444
    Your Price $355.50 Originally $790.00
  18. (104), VERY FINE, no gum - 407445
    (104), VERY FINE, no gum - 407445
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $425.00
    Stock #: 407445
    Your Price $171.00 Originally $380.00
  19. (109a), VERY FINE, og - 407443
    (109a), VERY FINE, og - 407443
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog Value: $300.00
    Stock #: 407443
    Your Price $121.50 Originally $270.00
  20. CEYLON - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH IMPRESSIVE PREMIUM - 407977
    CEYLON - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION WITH IMPRESSIVE PREMIUM - 407977
    Ceylon (CEYLO)
    Scott Catalog About: $5,100.00
    Stock #: 407977
    Your Price $1,000.00 Originally $2,000.00

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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.