Maybe you even have a big stamp collection. Although collecting stamps is a hobby There are some realy expensive ones out there for the collectors who can afford them These are the ten most expensive postage stamps ever sold.
10. Penny Black – € 3,500
The Penny Black was the very first stamp with an adhesive backing, to the idea of Rowland Hill. He is seen as the father of the stamps. The stamp was issued in England in 1840. However, the seal was retracted a year later because the stamp was difficult to spot on the black background. The stamp was replaced by Penny Red. This stamp with a picture of Queen Victoria would be worth 3,500 euros today.
9. Basel Dove – € 16,000
The Basel Dove is a stamp issued in Basel, Switzerland in the year 1845. It was the very first three-color stamp in the world. On the stamp a white pigeon is shown with a letter in his mouth. A total of around 42,000 copies were issued and anyone who could still have one of them could handle it better. Today, the Basel Dove is worth about 16,000 euros.
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8. Tyrian Plum – € 125,000
The Tyrian Plum depicting the Edward VII profile is one of the most rare postage stamps in Britain.Whoever has this seal from 1910 is very lucky because most are destroyed after the unexpected death of the king. 24 million of the stamps were printed, but it was expected to distribute to the old stamps on goods. However, when Edward VII died, it was decided to destroy most of the seals.
7. Canada 12-pence Black – € 130,000
This stamp is also known as Canada’s black ruler. It was published in 1851 and is today one of the most rare postage stamps. The seal of Queen Victoria is printed on the seal, based on Alfred Edward Chalon’s portrait. Even though no less than 50,000 stamps were printed, only a small number of them were sold.Six years later, the unsold stamps were destroyed. Apparently, only one hundred of these stamps would exist. An auction has ever paid € 130,000 euros, but there are even estimates that the stamp can generate about € 400,000!
6. The whole country is red – € 400,000
This Chinese stamp was issued in 1968, during the Chinese Revolution. It has become especially known because of the mistake it caused. On the image we see a map showing the expansion of Chinese communism with an image of a worker, a farmer and a soldier. The whole map of China was red-pointed except Taiwan, which was under Chinese rule, was printed in white. The mistake was spotted in the afternoon of the first edition day and the stamps were immediately withdrawn. Nevertheless, a number of copies have been added to collectors who can now say they have one of the world’s rare stamps. Ever an auction has paid more than 400,000 euros for this stamp.
5. Hawaiian Missionaries – € 500,000
This stamp, issued by Hawaii in 1851, belongs to the rarest ever. The stamps had three different values and were known as “the missionaries” because the seal was often found on the post between missionaries. All stamps were printed on low quality blue paper. The stamps with a value of 2 cents are the rarest given only fifteen of them have remained.
4. Curtiss Jenny headstand – € 835.00
The seal is also known as Inverted Jenny and it’s a printing mistake that has made it one of the most expensive postage stamps ever. The stamp was first published on May 10, 1918, and has an image of a Curtiss JN-4 aircraft that is upside down. Apparently, only one hundred of these stamps would exist.The rest was destroyed. Such a copy was sold through an auction in 2007 for no more than $ 977,500.
3. Three shilling banco yellow € 2 million
On the list of most expensive stamps ever, is a Swedish copy. Three shilling banco geel was released in 1855 and once offered the world record of the highest price for a stamp during an auction. In 1996 it was sold for as much as $ 2.3 million. In 2010, the same seal was resold for an unknown price. There is only one copy of this stamp that has become so expensive due to a printing error. The stamps were printed with a blue green background but about eight copies came with a yellow background from the printer. The only copy was discovered in 1886 by a schoolboy named Georg Wilhelm when he was beating on his grandparents’ attic.
2. Mauritius ‘Post Office’ – € 3.5 million
These stamps were issued in 1847 when Mauritius was another British colony. There were stamps of two values. One had an orange-reddish color, the other had a dark blue background. On the stamps was a picture of Queen Victoria, with the words ‘Post office’ printed. For a next series this would change to ‘Post Paid’. Some claim that the first version was an incorrect print, but it did not turn out to be the case. Until today, only 24 copies of. These are estimated at a value of 4 million dollars.
1. British Guiana 1c Magenta – € 8 million
The British Guiana 1c Magenta is a stamp that brought up $ 9.5 million during an auction in 2014. This makes it the most expensive and rare stamp in the world. There is only one copy of. The seal is in the form of an octagon and was printed in limited edition in 1856. On the picture is a sailing ship with the slogan ‘Damus Petimus Que Vicissim’ (We give and expect something back). The copy was discovered by the Scottish boy Louis Vernon between his uncle’s letters.
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