If you’ve been
collecting rare stamps in Rockville, Md., for years, you might possess a valuable piece. As you
look through your albums of collectible stamps, consider whether their
stories are as unique as the world’s seven most valuable stamps.
The British Penny Red
Only nine of these stamps exist worldwide and they’re each worth
well into the six figures. The British Post Office destroyed the low-quality
printing plate, but not before one sheet made its way to the public.
The Penny Black
This well-known and memorable stamp is the first ever issued worldwide,
giving it a value well into five figures. Another attractive aspect is
that its price has continued to increase for decades.
The British Guiana 1 Cent Magenta
This is the most unique known stamp worldwide, as there is just one left.
Because there was a shipping delay, a local postmaster created a collection
of stamps for U.S. colonists. At auction in New York, this stamp fetched
a handsome $9.5 million.
The Inverted Jenny
This recalled stamp was created in America of the stunt airplane named,
you got it, Jenny. While it might look whimsical and fun to us today,
the printers were not amused that it was printed upside-down.
The Tyrian Plum
This stamp depicting King Edward VII was released on the day he died, leading
the British Post Office to immediately withdraw it from the marketplace.
A small number did make it into circulation and today have a value in
the low six figures.
The Roses Error
This modern stamp was issued in 1978 in Britain, at an original worth of
13 pence per stamp. The price was mysteriously not printed and only three
made it into circulation. The queen of England owns two and another is
owned by a private collector.
The Whole Country is Red
Chairman Mao commissioned this modern stamp to show the full reach of Communism
across China. An error by the designer left Taiwan in white and led to
an immediate recall.
If you’re curious about the
value of a stamp you own, especially if you see an obvious but potentially valuable error
on it, contact us at the Coins of the Realm at (301) 340-1640. Someone
else’s mistake might be your fortune.