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  1. (1), vertical crease, VF - 405882
    (1), vertical crease, VF - 405882
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 300
    Stock #: 405882
    Your Price $85.00 Originally $170.00
  2. (1), small thin, F-VF, no gum - 405899
    (1), small thin, F-VF, no gum - 405899
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $11,000.00
    Stock #: 405899
    Your Price $900.00 Originally $1,800.00
  3. (1), nice cancel, VERY FINE - 405854
    (1), nice cancel, VERY FINE - 405854
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $320.00
    Stock #: 405854
    Your Price $110.00 Originally $220.00
  4. (1), on folded envelope, VERY FINE - 405672
    (1), on folded envelope, VERY FINE - 405672
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $640
    Stock #: 405672
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $350.00
  5. (1-2), VERY FINE - 405664
    (1-2), VERY FINE - 405664
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1020.00
    Stock #: 405664
    Your Price $275.00 Originally $550.00
  6. (1), on cover, EXTREMELY FINE - 405806
    (1), on cover, EXTREMELY FINE - 405806
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $640.0
    Stock #: 405806
    Your Price $247.50 Originally $550.00
  7. (2), on folded letter, VERY FINE - 405673
    (2), on folded letter, VERY FINE - 405673
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2250
    Stock #: 405673
    Your Price $625.00 Originally $1,250.00
  8. (2), pair, VERY FINE - 405805
    (2), pair, VERY FINE - 405805
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,100.00
    Stock #: 405805
    Your Price $450.00 Originally $1,000.00
  9. (2), pair, tied to piece, F-VF - 405803
    (2), pair, tied to piece, F-VF - 405803
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $2,100.00
    Stock #: 405803
    Your Price $213.75 Originally $475.00
  10. (2), VERY FINE - 404862
    (2), VERY FINE - 404862
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $700
    Stock #: 404862
    Your Price $120.00 Originally $300.00
  11. (3), EXTREMELY FINE, og - 404818
    (3), EXTREMELY FINE, og - 404818
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $625.00
    Stock #: 404818
    Your Price $160.00 Originally $400.00
  12. (5), VERY FINE - 402549
    (5), VERY FINE - 402549
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 900
    Stock #: 402549
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $400.00
  13. (5), VERY FINE
    (5), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 402438
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00
  14. (7), VERY FINE, no gum - 404477
    (7), VERY FINE, no gum - 404477
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $18,000.00
    Stock #: 404477
    Your Price $2,040.00 Originally $5,100.00
  15. (7), VERY FINE
    (7), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 402441
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00
  16. (7), VERY FINE
    (7), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,000.00
    Stock #: 402440
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00
  17. (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 $175.00 Originally $500.00
  18. (37), F-VF, og
    (37), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $2,500.00
    Stock #: 401179
    Your Price $262.50 Originally $750.00
  19. (40), F-VF, og
    (40), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,900.00
    Stock #: 401185
    Your Price $437.50 Originally $1,250.00
  20. (52, pair), F-VF
    (52, pair), F-VF
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $600.00
    Stock #: 397051
    Your Price $96.25 Originally $275.00
  21. (53), F-VF, og
    (53), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,500.00
    Stock #: 401305
    Your Price $367.50 Originally $1,050.00
  22. (55), FINE, og
    (55), FINE, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $3,750.00
    Stock #: 401309
    Your Price $297.50 Originally $850.00
  23. (59), plate 11, VERY FINE, og - 405674
    (59), plate 11, VERY FINE, og - 405674
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $800
    Stock #: 405674
    Your Price $225.00 Originally $450.00
  24. (66a), plate 2, FINE
    (66a), plate 2, FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1,500.00
    Stock #: 387010
    Your Price $66.00 Originally $220.00
  25. (66a), F-VF, og
    (66a), F-VF, og
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $900.00
    Stock #: 401187
    Your Price $113.75 Originally $325.00
  26. (69-70),  each with thin & light toning, FINE-VERY FINE, og - 405425
    (69-70), each with thin & light toning, FINE-VERY FINE, og - 405425
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 4100
    Stock #: 405425
    Your Price $247.50 Originally $550.00
  27. (80-81), VERY FINE, og - 405387
    (80-81), VERY FINE, og - 405387
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $540
    Stock #: 405387
    Your Price $108.00 Originally $240.00
  28. (82), plate #22,  faint corner crease, EXTREMELY FINE, og - 405379
    (82), plate #22, faint corner crease, EXTREMELY FINE, og - 405379
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 425
    Stock #: 405379
    Your Price $94.50 Originally $210.00
  29. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 401184
    Your Price $595.00 Originally $1,700.00
  30. (90), VERY FINE
    (90), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $5,000.00
    Stock #: 397335
    Your Price $560.00 Originally $1,600.00
  31. (91), VERY FINE - 404812
    (91), VERY FINE - 404812
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $5,500.00
    Stock #: 404812
    Your Price $1,000.00 Originally $2,500.00
  32. (96), VERY FINE, og - 404811
    (96), VERY FINE, og - 404811
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $625.00
    Stock #: 404811
    Your Price $150.00 Originally $375.00
  33. (96), three examples, VERY FINE
    (96), three examples, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $495.00
    Stock #: 401429
    Your Price $70.00 Originally $200.00
  34. (98-107), VERY FINE - 405366
    (98-107), VERY FINE - 405366
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1682.00
    Stock #: 405366
    Your Price $225.00 Originally $500.00
  35. (101), 238 stamps, partial plating, VERY FINE
    (101), 238 stamps, partial plating, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog About: $4,104.00
    Stock #: 392099
    Your Price $90.00 Originally $300.00
  36. (103-104), 32 #103s, 36 #104s, F-VF - 394121
    (103-104), 32 #103s, 36 #104s, F-VF - 394121
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog About: $14,490.00
    Stock #: 394121
    Your Price $210.00 Originally $700.00
  37. (104), VERY FINE, og - 405666
    (104), VERY FINE, og - 405666
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $575
    Stock #: 405666
    Your Price $162.50 Originally $325.00
  38. (107), F-VF, og - 405667
    (107), F-VF, og - 405667
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $1450
    Stock #: 405667
    Your Price $375.00 Originally $750.00
  39. (108a), small tear at top, VERY FINE
    (108a), small tear at top, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $4,000.00
    Stock #: 390719
    Your Price $142.50 Originally $475.00
  40. (109), VERY FINE
    (109), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 550
    Stock #: 404983
    Your Price $140.00 Originally $350.00
  41. (109), VERY FINE - 402735
    (109), VERY FINE - 402735
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 550
    Stock #: 402735
    Your Price $84.00 Originally $240.00
  42. (109), EXTREMELY FINE - 402615
    (109), EXTREMELY FINE - 402615
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: 550
    Stock #: 402615
    Your Price $192.50 Originally $550.00
  43. (109), VERY FINE (Scott certificate)
    (109), VERY FINE (Scott certificate)
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $550.00
    Stock #: 399870
    Your Price $96.25 Originally $275.00
  44. (110), VERY FINE - 405665
    (110), VERY FINE - 405665
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3000
    Stock #: 405665
    Your Price $750.00 Originally $1,500.00
  45. (124), VERY FINE - 406414
    (124), VERY FINE - 406414
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $800
    Stock #: 406414
    Your Price $262.50 Originally $525.00
  46. (124), VERY FINE - 406413
    (124), VERY FINE - 406413
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $800
    Stock #: 406413
    Your Price $262.50 Originally $525.00
  47. (139-141), VERY FINE - 405669
    (139-141), VERY FINE - 405669
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $900
    Stock #: 405669
    Your Price $250.00 Originally $500.00
  48. (139) 30 VERY FINE stamps - 403814
    (139) 30 VERY FINE stamps - 403814
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $4,500.00
    Stock #: 403814
    Your Price $300.00 Originally $750.00
  49. (139), four examples, VERY FINE
    (139), four examples, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $600.00
    Stock #: 401430
    Your Price $96.25 Originally $275.00
  50. (140), two examples, VERY FINE
    (140), two examples, VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $450.00
    Stock #: 401431
    Your Price $70.00 Originally $200.00
  51. (141), VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE, og - 405676
    (141), VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE, og - 405676
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $875
    Stock #: 405676
    Your Price $275.00 Originally $550.00
  52. GREAT BRITAIN - 405973
    GREAT BRITAIN - 405973
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Face: $365
    Stock #: 405973
    Your Price $175.00 Originally $350.00
  53. (O7), stained, VERY FINE, regummed, Royal Philatelic Society Cert - 405553
    (O7), stained, VERY FINE, regummed, Royal Philatelic Society Cert - 405553
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $6,250.00
    Stock #: 405553
    Your Price $900.00 Originally $2,000.00
  54. (O31-O38), VERY FINE
    (O31-O38), VERY FINE
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Latest Scott Catalog Value: $1,020.00
    Stock #: 402395
    Your Price $148.75 Originally $425.00
  55. (O52), VERY FINE, og (signed Stolow) - 405246
    (O52), VERY FINE, og (signed Stolow) - 405246
    Great Britain (GRBRI)
    Scott Catalog Value: $3400
    Stock #: 405246
    Your Price $787.50 Originally $1,750.00

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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.