Iconic stamps of Great Britain and the British Empire

December 20, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons
Who knew that the first ever adhesive stamp, the Penny Black, would not only instigate a communications revolution but also a much loved global hobby? It is estimated that there are 60 million stamp collectors worldwide. Stamp collections and the passion for stamp collecting have been passed down from generation to generation and they now form part of our history. But what makes a stamp iconic for the collector? Is it the design, the story behind the stamp or simply the value? [Read more…]

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Nimrod takes us stamp hunting in Cyprus

August 29, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

Cyprus

We begin with the 1881 key-type issue (SG 11/15). The 1pi. and 2pi. (12, 13) have never really been considered scarce stamps in used condition, but I feel that really ­fine examples are just as scarce as the ½pi. (11) and should be a lot closer in value to that stamp. New printings of the 1881 set took place on Crown CA and, along with two new values, form the 1882–86 set (16a/22). [Read more…]

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Gibraltar’s First Stamps

August 22, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

The fact that there are no less than four contenders for the title of Gibraltar’s first stamps gives a clue to the complex postal arrangements that existed in Gibraltar in the Victorian era. Two of them are in respect of the first adhesive stamps to bear the name ‘Gibraltar’, the other two are earlier still. Richard Garcia talks us through this complex period and puts forward the case for each of the contenders vying for the title. [Read more…]

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Top Olympic Champions of All Time

August 15, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

With the Rio Olympics well under way, we can expect to see further stunning athletic achievement in terms of Citius – Altius – Fortius (Faster – Higher – Stronger) after the excitement of London 2012. Some Olympic champions become millionaires following their successes whilst most retire to relative obscurity. Some become household names for a generation or more whilst others enjoy fame for a few days and then, outside their own specialist sporting bubble, once again become anonymous. More than that, every generation seems to indulge in the arrogance of the present, proclaiming that their sporting heroes or heroines are the greatest ever, forgetting about the amazing achievements of athletes of previous eras. [Read more…]

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Looking for a new collecting field? Try British Honduras

July 25, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

John Holman returns with more collecting ideas for new and seasoned collectors. This month he looks at what the stamps of Belize, formerly the colony of British Honduras, has to offer.

As a schoolboy collector I was always rather fascinated by the stamps of British Guiana, principally, I suppose, as the world’s rarest stamp was from that country and British Guiana was the only British colony on the South American mainland. Similarly, I was intrigued by British Honduras, the one British colony in Central America. British Guiana and British Honduras are now the independent Commonwealth countries of Guyana and Belize. Guyana has become a proli­fic issuer of stamps (nearly 7000 stamps and miniature sheets catalogue listed), whereas Belize has maintained a fairly modest and respectable number of new issues (1390 listed).

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New Collector – Post Office Commemorative Covers and the New York Exhibition

June 27, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

The below column is taken from the June issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly. Writer, John Holman takes a look this month at Post Office commemorative covers and New York exhibitions.

Commemorative covers

Most collectors are well aware of first day covers, and indeed for some collectors they have greater appeal than mint or used stamps. Less collected, but not necessarily less collectable, are commemorative covers, produced for an event or anniversary rather than for the first day of issue of new stamps. Commemorative covers are produced by postal authorities, also by philatelic and other societies, event organisers, commercial firms, charities and other organisations. The article explores some of the many commemorative covers produced by the British Post Office and, later in the year, at those produced by stamp exhibition organisers and others. [Read more…]

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Stamp Hunting in Abu Dhabi

June 10, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

Nimrod provides valuable insight into new and exciting areas to collect in every issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly. This month he takes a look at Abu Dhabi and the strong demand shown by thematic and country collectors.

In common with other Trucial States, Abu Dhabi has enjoyed a philatelic re-awakening over the last decade or so. Prices for most sets have risen steadily as demand begins to outstrip supply and I think this trend will continue for the next few years. The first stamps to be used in Abu Dhabi were those issued under the auspices of the British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia. The 1955–60 2r. on 2s.6d. and 5r. on 5s. along with the 1960–61 set to 5r. on 5s. were available, initially from Das Island and then from Abu Dhabi itself (BPA in EA SG 56/57,79/93). [Read more…]

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Hugh Jeffries reports

June 06, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

The below extract is taken from Hugh Jeffries column in the June issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly. 

HUGH JEFFRIES COLUMN – SOME INTERESTING VARIETIES

Two from West Africa

Last September I illustrated an interesting-looking flaw on the 1884-91 3d. stamp of Gold Coast, which had been shown to me by Richard Lewis. The stamp has a misshapen ‘R’ in ‘THREE’ and had received a good certificate from the BPA. [Read more…]

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New Zealand’s 1936 ANZAC Stamps

May 17, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

Eighty years ago, on 27 April 1936, New Zealand issued its original ANZAC stamps, a set of two marking the 21st anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).  [Read more…]

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