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The Philatelic Traders’ Society International reports a successful Stampex 2019 in February, with over 12,000 visitors over the four days of the show at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. This year the show had over 1900 guests queuing to get in on the opening morning, and the Royal Mail’s Stampex show exclusive of a limited run of 6000 was a sell-out success. This time, Stampex International celebrated two leading female philatelists within the show’s...

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Although around 68 million were produced, the Penny Black is one of the most famous and sought-after postage stamps for avid collectors. It is so famous, in fact, that Stanley Gibbons—a company specialising in the retailing of collectable postage stamps established in 1865—has a few on sale for anywhere between £300 and £300,000, depending on their condition. Considered the world’s first adhesive postage stamp to be used in the public postal system, the Penny Black...

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From the US and Europe to the Far East, the global stamp collecting market offers a flourishing and profitable market for both collectors and investors. The continuing uncertainty that hangs over the stock market means an increasing number of investors are seeking a more tangible place to store their capital.  Since the recession, the global stamp collecting market has blossomed correspondingly. According to Stanley Gibbons, a leading stamp dealer, an increasing number of people are...

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The Courtauld Gallery is delighted that Royal Mail 2013 Christmas Stamp Issue includes a painting from its collection: Virgin and Child with the young St John the Baptist by Antoniazzo Romano (c. 1430 – c. 1510). Royal Mail issued its religious-themed Christmas stamps on November 4, 2013 and this year the designs are images of the Madonna and Child. A selection of images across the centuries has been published including, on the 2nd Class stamp, a...

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