Most expensive post stamps

most expensive post stamps

In this review, you will see the most valuable and rare stamps of the country.

1919 4-Crown Stamp

Price realized: $379,307

Burda Auction’s image.

The grass-green stamp of the Czechoslovak Post of 1919 with a face value of 4 crowns from a philatelist’s private collection was sold at an auction in the Prague Municipal House for 7.8 million crowns. The starting price of the lot was 4 million crowns; experts estimated the stamp value at 5–7 million crowns. The sale of the rarest 1919 stamp became the central event of the auction, at which part of the largest collection of Czechoslovak stamps (1918-1939) was exhibited. A collector putting up the piece for sale acquired this rarity in 1996 for more than two and a half million from its original owner, to whom the property was returned as part of restitution.

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Expert collectors understand that perforations missing, faded colors, paper flacks, and other imperfections greatly diminish stamp value. Stamps are generally graded on a scale such as Superb Fine Good. Anything below “good” isn’t worth acquiring for senior collectors; as with most collectibles, stamps’ values decrease depending on the number of tears, creases, faded designs, and other aesthetic issues that are present.


Stamp gum is the glue found on the backside of the stamp.
The highest valued stamps have perfect gum that is still original, undamaged, and in the same state as when it left the post office.

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Two new Ceres series were issued in the 1930s and 1940s.

Considered one of the greatest French mint tete – beche rarities this piece was sold for $72,500 by Robert A. Siegel in 2010.

1Fr dull – orange-red Ceres stamp, issued in 1849

Another piece of the Ceres series, the 1Fr dull – orange-red was issued in January and withdrawn from service in December 1849 because its color was too close to the soon-to-be issued orange 40 centimes stamp. Two printing plates were prepared for this denomination, the first of which contained a single tête-bêche cliché at position 35, and the second of which was normal.

It is believed that only the first of the two printing plates were used to print just 250 thousand of the vermillon stamps in the first week of 1849, and 122 thousand of those were returned to be destroyed in December 1849.

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France – land best known for good food, fine art, fashion, and very rich and turbulent history. Due to its interesting past, France presents very diverse and beautiful philatelic material including some highly valuable issues. Their value is contributed by the fact that many of them are engraved, making them miniature works of art.
With the first stamp being issued in 1849., and many collectible pieces issued all throughout the 19th, 20th, and now also 21st century, this area of collecting is one of the busiest in the world. Today, we present you the rarest and most valuable French stamps so it might be wise to check your collections – you might find a true gem!

10c postage due stamp, issued in 1859

10c postage due stamp is one the most interesting French stamps being the first stamp ever issued that did not prepay for the delivery of the mail.

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US stamps are highly appreciated by collectors from all over the world because they often have remarkable provenance. As a rule, you can find rare stamps of USA almost at any online stamp auction but not all of them will necessarily be valuable. In this review, you will find information about some of the rarest and most expensive US stamps.
In addition, you will learn which of them will be put up for auction next month at Siegel Auction Gallery.

1869 Pictorial Issue, Center Inverted

Price Realized: $800,000

One of the few existing copies. Siegel Auction Gallery image.

This stamp series is dedicated to the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. The specimen shown above has an inverted center. At present, it is known about the existence of 3 such stamps with no cancellation mark.

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It is important that the stamp set a record not only in terms of price but also in terms of price ratio per the size and weight of the lot. The octagonal piece printed on pinkish paper, which has no perforation, is considered the only one left from a limited edition issued in 1856 in British Guiana.

2. Penny Red

Price Realized: £495,000

This is a standard postage stamp with nominal value of 1 penny, which replaced the famous Penny Black in 1841. This piece was in circulation until 1879. Initially, the specimen was printed using the same printing plates that were used to print its famous predecessor. The first release of the stamp had no perforation, and the copies were cut from sheets with scissors just as in the case of the predecessor.

3. 1904 I. R.

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It is not merely collecting random stamps but has become a more carefully planned purchase. Postage Stamp Collecting continues to grow on a worldwide scale. World Stamp collecting not only enables one to learn about their own country’s history, culture, famous people, but it also enables them to learn more about the larger world around them. Postage stamp collecting continues to be one of the best non-scholastic learning tools in existence.

Philately has a definite role in this growing investor interest and with good reason. Stamps have a very long-term proven track record of price appreciation and of product availability with enough market depth and worldwide interest. Though stamp collecting is not a new concept, stamp collecting for the purpose of returns and investment is fairly modern.

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For that reason, the entire issue was withdrawn from circulation and became unavailable to the general public. Only twelve examples are intact, which makes them extremely valuable.

7. Roses Error Stamp

Price Realized: $118,317

This stamp could have been just a regular stamp with no peculiarity to it; however, during printing, an error occurred and 3 copies were issued with no face value (please see the left piece on the image). This mistake was spotted and the sheets were destroyed, but several pieces remained intact. Curiously, the Queen owns 2 of them and the 3rd piece is in the collection of some anonymous collector.

8. 1882 £5 Bright Orange Stamp

Price Realized: $26,450

This beautiful stamp that has Brandon certificate was issued in 1882.

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Printed in the year 1857, the Tiflis Unica was issued in the Russian Empire (in modern Georgia) for the city post in Tiflis (now Tbilisi) and Kojori in 1857. These stamps, today, are known as Tiflis Unica Stamps. And are one of the rare and, hence, one of the most valuable stamps of the world.

There are currently only five known surviving stamps. Russian collectors are willing to pay a lot of money for these rare stamps. One of these unique stamps was sold at the David Feldman auction for € 480,000 i.e.

$700,000 in the year 2008.

The most important factor that determines the value of a stamp (other than rarity) is its condition. It is absolutely imperative to keep a stamp clean, neat, and crease-free. Every senior collector would advise that having the right kind of accessories is extremely important when you are pursuing your hobby so passionately.

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Siegel Auction Gallery image.

The 2¢ blue stamp shown above is another US rarity. Many years ago, the Kingdom of Hawaii was sovereign, and many people were sent there on a religious mission. The stamp was not actively used; nonetheless, it has particular historical significance for the nation.

Robert Siegel Auction House offers a unique unused copy of this stamp at their auction in October 2018, and its estimated price was from $500,000 to $750,000. Lot was sold for $525,000.

1847 Block of 16 Stamps

Price Realized: $220,000

The block of 16 Franklin stamps. Siegel Auction Gallery image.

This stamp showing Benjamin Franklin is known to almost any experienced philatelist.

It has been the highlight of many US stamp auctions.

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Firstly, there is only one left in the world which is exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum and secondly, it has a historical value. The story goes like this: At the time, all the colonies had to wait for stamps to arrive from the UK. The boat was delayed, and the postmaster created his own collection of stamps and carries his signature. The British Guiana 1c Magenta (1856), which has been described as “the Mona Lisa of the stamp world”, was bought for $8.3m (£6.2m) in the year 2021.

Most Valuable Stamps of the World: British Edition

1: The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. Issued by Great Britain on 1 May 1840, the stamp bears a portrait of Queen Victoria. With the issue of pre-paid postage stamps, the Postal System became less complex.

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