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  1. (1), Plate #11, VERY FINE - 410112
    (1), Plate #11, VERY FINE - 410112
    Your Price $2,400.00 Originally $2,500.00
  2. (1), Plate # 10, VERY FINE - 410110
    (1), Plate # 10, VERY FINE - 410110
    Your Price $625.00 Originally $650.00
  3. (1), Plate #9, EXTREMELY FINE - 410109
    (1), Plate #9, EXTREMELY FINE - 410109
    Your Price $440.00 Originally $450.00
  4. (1), small thin, F-VF, no gum - 405899
    (1), small thin, F-VF, no gum - 405899
    Your Price $1,700.00 Originally $1,800.00
  5. (2), on folded letter, VERY FINE - 405673
    (2), on folded letter, VERY FINE - 405673
    Your Price $1,200.00 Originally $1,250.00
  6. (7), VERY FINE - 409815
    (7), VERY FINE - 409815
    Your Price $490.00 Originally $500.00
  7. (7), VERY FINE, no gum - 404477
    (7), VERY FINE, no gum - 404477
    Your Price $5,000.00 Originally $5,100.00
  8. (32), F-VF, og - 406903
    (32), F-VF, og - 406903
    Your Price $370.00 Originally $375.00
  9. (39), VERY FINE, no gum - 406911
    (39), VERY FINE, no gum - 406911
    Your Price $1,500.00 Originally $1,575.00
  10. (39), VERY FINE, og - 406906
    (39), VERY FINE, og - 406906
    Your Price $1,900.00 Originally $2,000.00
  11. (42), VERY FINE, no gum - 406908
    (42), VERY FINE, no gum - 406908
    Your Price $2,100.00 Originally $2,150.00
  12. (45), F-VF, no gum - 406912
    (45), F-VF, no gum - 406912
    Your Price $600.00 Originally $620.00
  13. (46), VERY FINE, og - 409993
    (46), VERY FINE, og - 409993
    Your Price $2,400.00 Originally $2,500.00
  14. (49a), plate # 9, VERY FINE, no gum - 406918
    (49a), plate # 9, VERY FINE, no gum - 406918
    Your Price $410.00 Originally $420.00
  15. (49a), plate # 4, VERY FINE, og - 406916
    (49a), plate # 4, VERY FINE, og - 406916
    Your Price $1,600.00 Originally $1,650.00
  16. (51), VERY FINE, og - 406917
    (51), VERY FINE, og - 406917
    Your Price $575.00 Originally $585.00
  17. (53), straight edge, EXTREMELY FINE, og - 409992
    (53), straight edge, EXTREMELY FINE, og - 409992
    Your Price $1,400.00 Originally $1,500.00
  18. (53), VERY FINE, no gum - 406914
    (53), VERY FINE, no gum - 406914
    Your Price $2,400.00 Originally $2,450.00
  19. (54), plate # 5, VERY FINE, og - 406919
    (54), plate # 5, VERY FINE, og - 406919
    Your Price $725.00 Originally $740.00
  20. (54), VERY FINE, og - 406915
    (54), VERY FINE, og - 406915
    Your Price $1,000.00 Originally $1,080.00
  21. (55), VERY FINE, og - 406921
    (55), VERY FINE, og - 406921
    Your Price $3,250.00 Originally $3,375.00
  22. (56), VERY FINE - 410104
    (56), VERY FINE - 410104
    Your Price $2,400.00 Originally $2,500.00
  23. (59), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 409991
    (59), EXTREMELY FINE, og, NH - 409991
    Your Price $390.00 Originally $400.00
  24. (59), VERY FINE, og - 406922
    (59), VERY FINE, og - 406922
    Your Price $700.00 Originally $720.00
  25. (64a), VERY FINE, og - 407038
    (64a), VERY FINE, og - 407038
    Your Price $875.00 Originally $900.00
  26. (66a), plate 2, FINE - 406950
    (66a), plate 2, FINE - 406950
    Your Price $190.00 Originally $200.00
  27. (67), plate # 16, VERY FINE, no gum - 407037
    (67), plate # 16, VERY FINE, no gum - 407037
    Your Price $340.00 Originally $350.00
  28. (67), plate # 12, VERY FINE, og - 407035
    (67), plate # 12, VERY FINE, og - 407035
    Your Price $440.00 Originally $450.00
  29. (67), plate # 11, VERY FINE, no gum - 407034
    (67), plate # 11, VERY FINE, no gum - 407034
    Your Price $340.00 Originally $350.00
  30. (67), plate #4, VERY FINE, og - 407033
    (67), plate #4, VERY FINE, og - 407033
    Your Price $440.00 Originally $450.00
  31. (68), VERY FINE, og - 407032
    (68), VERY FINE, og - 407032
    Your Price $490.00 Originally $500.00
  32. (69), VERY FINE, og - 407041
    (69), VERY FINE, og - 407041
    Your Price $2,400.00 Originally $2,475.00
  33. (69), VERY FINE, og - 407040
    (69), VERY FINE, og - 407040
    Your Price $2,400.00 Originally $2,475.00
  34. (73), VERY FINE, og - 407043
    (73), VERY FINE, og - 407043
    Your Price $1,500.00 Originally $1,575.00
  35. (82), plate # 22, VERY FINE, og - 407047
    (82), plate # 22, VERY FINE, og - 407047
    Your Price $370.00 Originally $380.00
  36. (82), plate #21, VERY FINE, no gum - 407046
    (82), plate #21, VERY FINE, no gum - 407046
    Your Price $320.00 Originally $330.00
  37. (82), VERY FINE, og - 407045
    (82), VERY FINE, og - 407045
    Your Price $370.00 Originally $380.00
  38. (85), VERY FINE, og - 407051
    (85), VERY FINE, og - 407051
    Your Price $625.00 Originally $650.00
  39. (95), VERY FINE, no gum - 407039
    (95), VERY FINE, no gum - 407039
    Your Price $460.00 Originally $470.00
  40. (96 {3}, 108 {10}, {139], VERY FINE - 410381
    (96 {3}, 108 {10}, {139], VERY FINE - 410381
    Your Price $440.00 Originally $450.00
  41. (96), VERY FINE, og - 409803
    (96), VERY FINE, og - 409803
    Your Price $370.00 Originally $375.00
  42. (98-107), VERY FINE - 405366
    (98-107), VERY FINE - 405366
    Your Price $490.00 Originally $500.00
  43. (104), VERY FINE, no gum - 407052
    (104), VERY FINE, no gum - 407052
    Your Price $390.00 Originally $400.00
  44. (105), VERY FINE, og - 407054
    (105), VERY FINE, og - 407054
    Your Price $525.00 Originally $540.00
  45. (106), VERY FINE, og - 407055
    (106), VERY FINE, og - 407055
    Your Price $1,100.00 Originally $1,125.00
  46. (107), VERY FINE, og - 407053
    (107), VERY FINE, og - 407053
    Your Price $1,200.00 Originally $1,300.00
  47. (108a), VERY FINE - 408050
    (108a), VERY FINE - 408050
    Your Price $675.00 Originally $700.00
  48. (124), VERY FINE - 409811
    (124), VERY FINE - 409811
    Your Price $470.00 Originally $480.00
  49. (139-141), VERY FINE - 405669
    (139-141), VERY FINE - 405669
    Your Price $490.00 Originally $500.00
  50. (J45-J54), VERY FINE, og - 409990
    (J45-J54), VERY FINE, og - 409990
    Your Price $420.00 Originally $425.00
  51. (O12), VERY FINE, og - 407065
    (O12), VERY FINE, og - 407065
    Your Price $825.00 Originally $850.00
  52. (O31-O36), VERY FINE - 408924
    (O31-O36), VERY FINE - 408924
    Your Price $1,200.00 Originally $1,250.00
  53. (O31-O38), VERY FINE
    (O31-O38), VERY FINE
    Your Price $420.00 Originally $425.00
  54. (O35), VERY FINE, no gum - 407072
    (O35), VERY FINE, no gum - 407072
    Your Price $350.00 Originally $360.00
  55. (O38), VERY FINE, og - 407074
    (O38), VERY FINE, og - 407074
    Your Price $550.00 Originally $560.00
  56. (O45), VERY FINE, og - 407067
    (O45), VERY FINE, og - 407067
    Your Price $440.00 Originally $450.00
  57. (O46), VERY FINE, og - 407068
    (O46), VERY FINE, og - 407068
    Your Price $390.00 Originally $400.00

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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.