Rare stamps

Discover rare stamps from around the world with our rare stamp guides

Rare stamps can command huge prices at auction and often grab news headlines. Discover more about these philatelic treasures with our growing library of stamp guides. You never know, perhaps you have a rare stamp in your album!

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
The British Central Africa 'Cheque' Stamp Issue
When a case of stamps went missing on its long journey to British Central Africa, only arriving a year later, the…
19 April 2021
The 'new-look' British Guiana One Cent Magenta
It was found by a 12-year-old collector, was owned by a convicted murderer, and now sports a rather fetching high-heeled…
30 March 2021
France's Ceres Stamps
The first stamps of France followed the earlier British example, showing a simple left-facing portrait of Ceres, with…
04 January 2021
British Guiana 1c Black on Magenta: 10 little known facts about the world's most…
The famous British Guiana 1c Black on Magenta is the world's most expensive stamp, and over its 170-year life it has…
01 November 2020
Discover the rare Fiji Times Express stamps
Mike Jackson describes a reconstructed sheet of the rare Fiji Times Express stamps, which formed part of the King George…
21 October 2020
Rare Stamps - Kirkcudbright Penny Black first day cover
Discover the most treasured 'first day cover' in the world, known as the Kirkcudbright Penny Black first day cover, in…
14 October 2020
The Hawaiian 'Missionaries' stamps
The famous Hawaiian 'Missionaries' got their name because they were used by American missionaries writing home from the…
01 October 2020
Classic British Stamps - 1904 6d Pale Dull Purple (I.R. Official overprint)
Described in 2010 as ‘Britain’s rarest stamp’, an example of the 1904 Edward VII 6d pale dull purple was sold in ‘a deal…
21 July 2020

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