World’s rarest stamp to go on the block

The world’s rarest stamp is expected to fetch a record price when Sotheby’s puts the famous British Guiana one-cent magenta on the auction block June 17. The coin, which Sotheby’s estimates at $10 to $20 US million, will lead off the sale of the world famous collection of John E. Du Pont, millionaire heir of the prominent Du Pont family fortune, and convicted murderer. Continue reading →

New definitive stamps hit the streets

The Canadian pride series of flag stamps has taken a new turn with five stamps featuring UNESCO world heritage sites in Canada. There are 17 such sites in Canada, and they will all be honoured over the course of the program, which will run into 2016. The sites are a collection of national and provincial parks and historic settings. Continue reading →

Readers get creative in making up the rate

A cover sent to Canadian Stamp News with neatly organized stacks of one-cent stamps, making up the modern 85-cent rate.

Canadian Stamp News entered the fray with a call for a collector to mail in a letter with the 85-cent rate made up entirely of first-class stamps. Continue reading →

Accidental stitch watermarks sought after by collectors

It pays to look closely at stamps. The example of the two-cent large queen shown at left is a normal example, while the stamp at right has an elusive stitch watermark, and is worth substantially more.

A hallmark of early paper making processes, it rarely appears on modern stamps, but is eagerly sought after by collectors specializing in stamps of the Victorian era. They can also be illusive, but their presence often raises the value of a stamp dramatically. Continue reading →

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