Stamp Guides

Discover much more about the thousands of stamps you can add to your collection with our growing archive of stamp guides. From modern issues to classic 19th-century postage stamps, our expert collecting guides give you the background information, details of varieties and advice on how to buy the stamps.

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Stamps issued in memory of Prince Philip
Royal Mail have issued four new stamps in memory of HRH The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99…
13 May 2021
Dark skies over Sark
Guernsey Post have released stamps to mark the tenth anniversary of Sark being designated the world’s first Dark Sky…
11 May 2021
Nineties nostalgia
Six new stamps and a miniature sheet from Jersey explore aspects of 1990s popular culture. The 1990s was an eclectic…
10 May 2021
10 facts about the 1840 Penny Black stamp
The Penny Black became valid for postage on 6 May 1840. The simple stamp revolutionised how the nation communicated,…
06 May 2021
Royal Mail stamps: Paul McCartney
Royal Mail celebrate the post-Beatles career of Sir Paul McCartney with eight special stamps recreating album artwork,…
06 May 2021
Newfoundland's 'First Resources' set of 1932
Discover more about Newfoundland's 'First Resources' set of 1932, which showcased the region's wildlife and scenery, as…
03 May 2021
British postal history from December 1839 to May 1840
Using rare and fascinating postal history items, including Mulready stationery and Parliamentary envelopes, Dr Nicholas…
26 April 2021
Stamp Quiz #3 Answers
No peeking! Here are the answers to the philatelic quiz, see how many you got right!
26 April 2021
Stamp Quiz #3 - test your stamp knowledge
Improve your grasp of philately and you’ll soon improve your stamp collection, and gain much more satisfaction from the…
26 April 2021

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