There are rare stamps in the world, and then there are those often unseen
gems that are highly prized by stamp collectors. These stamps are filled
with rich histories that detail their origins, as well as comment on events
in the world at the time they were printed. Here are some of the most
popular types of stamps among collectors, which you might seek out for
your own collection.
Stamps with Rare Defects
Often collectibles are prized because they have a defect of some sort.
There may only be a handful of any given defective item in circulation,
and that makes it even more popular. Two of the most valued stamps are
called the Roses Error and the Inverted Jenny, both valued at almost $200,000
apiece. The Roses Error is a British stamp that was accidentally printed
without the price (13p). The Inverted Jenny is an American stamp featuring
a stunt plane on it. The plane was printed upside down, and it had to
Original Issue Stamps
If you have the rare luck of finding an original issue of a stamp, especially
when stamps were first created and entering circulation, you have found
a true gem. Stamps with the British Queen Victoria on them are popular
because she was the ruler when postage stamps were invented in 1840. The
Penny Black is the world’s first stamp, and, thus,
very popular among stamp collectors. Stamps from the original American colonies and the beginning of America
are also considered rare and popular.
Stamps from China and India tend to be very popular among stamps collectors.
The Chinese leader, Chairman Mao, banned stamp collecting decades ago.
There has been a huge surge in collecting Chinese stamps in other nations
ever since. Stamps of Colonial India are very popular for their rarity,
as well. If you happen to find a stamp from either of these countries,
you should consider meeting with a stamp appraiser.
If you think you have a
rare gem among your stamp collection, call Coins of the Realm, Inc. at (301) 340-1640. We provide appraisals
on rare coins, stamps, and autographs in Rockville, MD.