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7 Most Valuable Stamps across the World

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For all stamp collecting enthusiasts, vintage and error stamps are a particular treat. With the passage of time, such stamps rise in value and may reach unimaginable high demand within a few years. In some cases, a single vintage stamp can have a value of up to $1 million. Although such abnormal gains seldom occur, here is a list of 7 of the most valuable stamps that are globally recognized:


The Cape of Good Hope Stamp

The first of these stamps was issued as early as in 1853. The Cape of Good Hope was the first ever and the only recognized stamp in Africa. The first of these stamps were triangular in shape and that is how they were recognized and distinguished from other stamps. The design included a female figure resting atop an anchor, which in turn, rests on a rock symbolizing the Cape. It was designed by Surveyor General Charles Bell and printed by M/S. Perkins, Bacon & Co. According to the renowned Stanley Gibson Stamp Catalog, a single Cape of Good Hope Stamp has an open-market value of approximately $40,000.

Perot Provisional Stamp

Printed first in Bermuda by William Benet Perot (the postmaster of Hamilton town), this stamp is popularly referred to as the “Perot Postmaster’s Provisional of Bermuda”. Despite being a tongue-twister name, the price of a single PPPB stamp is valued around $115,000! Presently, only eleven pieces of this stamp have been found and most of them are owned by the royal families of Europe, including Queen Elizabeth herself. If you come across this stamp, you’re likely to earn a trip to the Buckingham Palace and can name your price!

The Blue Military Stamp - China

From its appearance, it looks like a regular stamp in orange, blue and brownish red with a star in the middle. However, such stamps are worth $430,000 in modern times. In 1953, a series of such stamps were produced by the Chinese government and issued to the soldiers who were on active duty. The star was the symbol for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and one stamp had a face value of $1 back then. Shortly afterwards, the world knew what these stamps meant and soldier lives were at stake. Thereafter, the government destroyed most of these stamps. The remnant of these 50’s era Chinese stamps are now worth half a million dollars.

Red Revenue Surcharge

Another Chinese stamp, the Red Revenue Small One Dollar Surcharge was once used as a popular stamp during the Qing Dynasty (1636-1911). These stamps were so small in size that the one-dollar mark was barely visible, forcing the government to issue about 50 more pieces. Today, hardly 20 of these stamps remain, with the last notable auction resulting in $333,000 gain for the holder in 2009. Apart from the United States, these stamps are also highly demanded in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

Abraham Lincoln Stamp - 1867

During the intense American Civil War battles, the U.S. government cancelled all existing stamps and designed new ones. These mid-19th Century stamps featured two of the most prominent U.S. leaders in history - Abraham Lincoln and Andre Jackson. The Lincoln Stamp was reputed for its unique design. This included a “Z” grill that had horizontal ridges, instead of the vertical ones, typically used in all stamp designs of that era. Given the rarity and the historical significance of these coins, they are now valued at $200,000.

Landing of Columbus- 1869

Much like the Declaration of Independence stamp, the Landing of Columbus is also based on a painting by John Vanderlyn and is widely considered to be the Holy Grail for all stamp collectors. Depicting the historical arrival of Columbus on the shores of the New World in 1492, these blue and brown stamps are soaked in history. These stamps also have a G-gill, which was common in all stamps of that time period. Once valued at 15 cents, a single Landing of Columbus has a current market value exceeding $270,000.

Sweden Three Skilling Banco, Yellow Color Error Stamp - 1855

Searching for another one of these error stamps is like the quest for Atlantis. Since 1900, thousands have tried but no one has been able to come across another one of these stamps - which carry prize money of $3 million for whosoever finds it. The Swedish Yellow Color error coin was an anomaly in the coat of arms coin issued by the Swedes in 1800s. A wrong mixing of dyes resulted in a few yellow color stamps being printed, as opposed to the original bluish-green combination. The first and to-date the last, of such stamps was discovered in 1860 and instantly turned the fortunes of the founder!

There are over a hundred different types of vintage and high-value stamps out there. Contact your local stamp collecting supplies, CS Supply Central, today and learn more!