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Stamp Collector May 2021

Stamp Collector gives you all the information, news, expert advice, market insight and inspiration you need to build your stamp collection and get the most from your hobby. Every issue features the latest prices, expert collecting advice, in-depth guides giving you the lowdown on classic stamp sets, new stamps, postal history, first-day covers and much more. Our stamp stories shed light on intriguing stamps and why they were produced, and our stamp sidelines pages provide an insight into postmarks, first-day covers, Cinderellas, Post & Go and Europa stamps.

United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Have you watched The Queen’s Gambit yet? The Netflix series has been a huge hit and in recent months has prompted thousands of viewers to start playing chess, the subject of the seven-part drama. Apparently the game is enjoying a huge surge in popularity thanks to the TV show and to the lockdown, with us all looking for things to do indoors. It’s not too dissimilar to the latest chapter in the story of stamp collecting, which has also seen many newcomers come into the hobby over the past year. It strikes me that both pastimes will appeal to similar people – they’re both steeped in history and have a calming, absorbing quality – and it’s no surprise that there are many chess stamps for us to look out for. I…

1 min
writing in this issue…

Nicola Davies is Head of Collections at the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic society in the world, established in 1869. Nicola writes about Royal’s collection each month in our exclusive column (page 59), this time looking back on the career of one of the Society’s most celebrated members. Author Chris West has written about many different subjects, from crime fiction through history to how to start a business. He has written books on stamps, including First Class: A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps and Lost Countries: Exotic Tales from an Old Stamp Album, and writes our Stamp Story on page 45. Laura McInerney was a teacher, a newspaper editor and now runs a polling company. As a child she received a letter each week from her nan, beginning…

3 min
british guiana one-cent magenta to be sold

It’s back! The world famous British Guiana One-Cent Magenta is to be sold by current owner Stuart Weitzman, in a Sotheby’s auction featuring just three treasures from the entrepreneur’s collection. The ‘Three Treasures – Collected by Stuart Weitzman’ live auction will take place at Sotheby’s New York on 8 June 2021, and will feature just three incredibly rare items: the sole-surviving example of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, known as the most famous and valuable stamp in the world; the Inverted Jenny Plate Block, the most well-known and sought-after American stamp rarity; the ‘fabled and elusive’ 1933 Double Eagle Coin. The Double Eagle coin and the British Guiana stamp will be offered with estimates of $10/15 million each and are poised to set new world auction records in their respective categories. The…

3 min
making his mark on philately

What does a museum do when the appearance of the world’s most expensive stamp changes? The Museum of Philately’s Devlan Kruck reacts to the return of the one-cent magenta… and reflects on the subtle marking added by its most recent owner One of the benefits of a virtual museum is the ability, or more precisely agility, to adapt to change and quickly make revisions at the click of a button, thus ensuring the most up-to-date records are on display. Given the social media age we live in these days it has never been more important. With this in mind, it no doubt won’t have escaped anyone’s notice in the world of philately that the current world’s most expensive stamp, the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, is being auctioned on 8 June 2021. Now…

1 min
post offices join forces to celebrate queen’s birthday

Eleven postal administrations have joined forces to celebrate the Queen’s 95th birthday with a special ‘Devoted to Your Service’ stamp series. The special issue is a collaboration between the four Crown Dependencies (Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man), The Bahamas and the six UK Overseas Territories (Ascension Island, British Antarctic Territory, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, and Tristan da Cunha. The stamps from each philatelic bureau feature a similar design, with six stamps issued by each country, the stamps representing six themes: young princess, the coronation, marriage, leisure activities, pageantry, and royal duty. In addition to the 66 stamps, there are also a range of souvenirs, including joint sheetlets, featuring eleven stamps, one from each postal administration.…

1 min
barcodes trialled on stamps

Royal Mail has issued new 2nd class stamps with unique barcodes as part of its modernisation drive, with the stamps to sold to business customers in sheets. The UK’s first barcoded stamps were issued on 23 March, with an initial supply of 20 million 2nd Class stamps sold to business customers on sheets via office supply and stationary specialist Viking Direct and the Royal Mail online shop. According to Royal Mail, the barcodes will ensure that the stamps in question can be uniquely identified, in a move that could pave the way for innovative customer services in future. The barcodes, which will match the colour of the stamp, will sit alongside the main body of the stamp, separated by a simulated perforation line. Nick Landon, Chief Commercial Officer at Royal Mail, said: ‘This…