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  1. (60), VERY FINE, og - 407609
    (60), VERY FINE, og - 407609
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Scott Catalog Value: $800.00
    Stock #: 407609
    Your Price $324.00 Originally $720.00
  2. (83), VERY FINE, og, NH - 407610
    (83), VERY FINE, og, NH - 407610
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Scott Catalog Value: $375.00
    Stock #: 407610
    Your Price $168.75 Originally $375.00
  3. (119-120), VERY FINE, og - 407611
    (119-120), VERY FINE, og - 407611
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Scott Catalog Value: $390.00
    Stock #: 407611
    Your Price $175.50 Originally $390.00
  4. (137e), VERY FINE, og - 407612
    (137e), VERY FINE, og - 407612
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Scott Catalog Value: $300.00
    Stock #: 407612
    Your Price $135.00 Originally $300.00
  5. NEW ZEALAND - EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE ALL-MINT COLLECTION - 407613
    NEW ZEALAND - EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE ALL-MINT COLLECTION - 407613
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Stock #: 407613
    Your Price $875.00 Originally $1,750.00
  6. NEW ZEALAND - Souvenir sheets, nice selection - 406622
    NEW ZEALAND - Souvenir sheets, nice selection - 406622
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Estimated Net Value: $400.00 – $500.00
    Stock #: 406622
    Your Price $180.00 Originally $400.00
  7. NEW ZEALAND - WONDERFUL STOCK BOOK - 406621
    NEW ZEALAND - WONDERFUL STOCK BOOK - 406621
    New Zealand (NZEAL)
    Estimated Net Value: $4,500.00 – 5000
    Stock #: 406621
    Your Price $2,025.00 Originally $4,500.00
  8. 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 $175.00 Originally $500.00
  9. 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 $175.00 Originally $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.