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Our Heritage

With a distinguished heritage dating back to 1856, we are the world’s longest established rare stamp merchant. Our much heralded experts are at the heart of everything we do and they travel globally in search of authentic, high quality material often of extreme rarity and value. It is this adherence to quality that earned Stanley Gibbons the Royal Warrant in 1914 and affords us the luxury of being able to offer a lifetime guarantee on all our rare items - we remain the only philatelist in the world to offer this assurance.

We continue to serve hobbyists, collectors and philatelists alike and are proud to continue our association with the Royal Philatelic Collection. To this day the Stanley Gibbons shop, based opposite the Savoy on the Strand, offers the broadest selection of retail philatelic stock of any store on the planet with over a million stamps available to browse and purchase. 


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1840

The year that both the original Penny Black is issued and our founder, Stanley Gibbons, is born.

1856

Stanley Gibbons opens a stamp counter within his father's chemist shop in Plymouth. 

1865

The first Stanley Gibbons stamp catalogue is published; a penny price list that ran monthly until 1879.


1890

Stanley Gibbons’ first magazine issue is published. Still the leading publication for philatelists for well over a centenary later.

1901

The opening lot at the newly founded Stanley Gibbons Auction House goes under the hammer.

1914

King George V awards the Stanley Gibbons Group the royal warrant for philatelic services.

1890

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1941

An entire edition of GSM is destroyed by a World War II bomb. But, In true Blitz spirit an emergency edition is quickly proofed and re-printed.

1956

Stanley Gibbons celebrates it's centenery and Queen Elizabeth II grants her Royal Warrant to Stanley Gibbons, her trading philatelist to date.

1965

The Stanley Gibbons Catalogue Centenary Exhibition is held at the Royal Festival Hall. On display is the world's rarest stamp, the British Guiana i cent black on magenta.


1977

Queen Elizabeth II presents Stanley Gibbons Ltd with The Queen's Award to Industry for outstanding achievement.

1998

The 100th edition of ‘Part 1’, the premier stamp collector’s catalogue, is published.

2015

A complete sheet of Chinese Monkey Stamps go under the hammer and sell for £109,250 setting a new in-house record.

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