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  1. (1-2), VERY FINE, og - 407701
    (1-2), VERY FINE, og - 407701
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $330.00
    Stock #: 407701
    Your Price $132.00 Originally $330.00
  2. (3-4), VERY FINE, no gum - 407702
    (3-4), VERY FINE, no gum - 407702
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $515.00
    Stock #: 407702
    Your Price $164.00 Originally $410.00
  3. (6), VERY FINE, og - 407703
    (6), VERY FINE, og - 407703
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $360.00
    Stock #: 407703
    Your Price $144.00 Originally $360.00
  4. (9), VERY FINE, no gum - 407704
    (9), VERY FINE, no gum - 407704
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Over: $525.00
    Stock #: 407704
    Your Price $168.00 Originally $420.00
  5. (10-12), VERY FINE, og - 407705
    (10-12), VERY FINE, og - 407705
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $312.50
    Stock #: 407705
    Your Price $124.00 Originally $310.00
  6. (13), VERY FINE, og - 407706
    (13), VERY FINE, og - 407706
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $260.00
    Stock #: 407706
    Your Price $104.00 Originally $260.00
  7. (17), VERY FINE, og - 407707
    (17), VERY FINE, og - 407707
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $675.00
    Stock #: 407707
    Your Price $270.00 Originally $675.00
  8. (18), VERY FINE, og - 407708
    (18), VERY FINE, og - 407708
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $425.00
    Stock #: 407708
    Your Price $170.00 Originally $425.00
  9. (22), VERY FINE, og - 407710
    (22), VERY FINE, og - 407710
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $325.00
    Stock #: 407710
    Your Price $130.00 Originally $325.00
  10. (104), VERY FINE, og - 407714
    (104), VERY FINE, og - 407714
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $325.00
    Stock #: 407714
    Your Price $86.00 Originally $215.00
  11. (134A-144), VERY FINE, og - 406468
    (134A-144), VERY FINE, og - 406468
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $676.25
    Stock #: 406468
    Your Price $270.00 Originally $675.00
  12. STRAITS SETTLEMENTS - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION ON STOCK PAGES - 408707
    STRAITS SETTLEMENTS - HIGH QUALITY SELECTION ON STOCK PAGES - 408707
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog About: $750.00
    Stock #: 408707
    Your Price $150.00 Originally $300.00
  13. (32), VERY FINE, no gum - 407709
    (32), VERY FINE, no gum - 407709
    Straits Settlements (STSET)
    Scott Catalog Value: $375.00
    Stock #: 407709
    Your Price $120.00 Originally $300.00

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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.