Archive for March, 2010

Presteigne collector offers stolen stamps reward

March 31st, 2010

An elderly stamp collector whose £80,000 collection was stolen during a raid on his home has put up a reward for its return.

The victim, from Presteigne, Powys, who does not want to be named, spent 60 years building up his collection, which included several rare examples.

Source: BBC News 30 March 2010

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US Post Office unveils new stamp with Nevada flag

March 29th, 2010

A new 44c stamp was unveiled last Wednesday in Washington DC. The new stamp goes on sale April 16 with Nevada’s flag flying over a desert with mountains in the background.

Volunteer donates used stamps to UK charity which helps people with sight problems

March 13th, 2010

When it comes to charity, every bit counts. Even if it means donating used stamps. A Dubai-based volunteer has teamed up with the UK’s Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to raise funds for those who are blind or partially sighted

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Cayman 1907 ½D Provisional sold for £74,970

March 13th, 2010

The Alexander Reid Collections of Antigua, Cayman Islands and Ceylon was offered in an auction by Spink on 11 March 2010. There were several spectacular results particularly the Cayman 1907 ½D Provisional which sold for £74,970 against an estimate of £30,000-40,000.

A copy of the 1908 Provisional 2½D on 4d brown with a double surcharge realised £46,890 against the pre-sale estimate of £18.000-22,000.

Canada 1851 stamp sold for CHF200,000

March 9th, 2010

This stamp was sold in the recently concluded 2-6 March 2010 Auction by Corinphila. The pre-sale estimate was CHF100,00 but it was eventually sod at the hammer price of CHF200,00

This is the sale description:

1851: (June 14) 12 d. black, imperforate on the original 1851 vertically laid paper manufactured by the Ivy Mills of Chester, Pennsylvania and clearly showing the laid lines on the reverse; the legendary mint example with enormous margins all round, of outstanding colour and freshness, with minor vertical bend mentioned for utmost accuracy, full unmounted original gum. This marvellous classic stamp was sold by Corinphila (sale 51, lot 4222, March 1966) and then graced the Josiah K. Lilly collection (Siegel, lot 336, March 1967) and was again sold by Corinphila (sale 63, lot 2331, March 1980). The stamp is accompanied by 1965 J. N. Sissons photo certificate showing obverse and reverse of stamp, stating “genuine and flawless, brilliant original gum, never hinged and immaculate in all respects. I believe it to be the finest existing copy”. A wonderful and famous stamp for the philatelic connoisseur. Ex collection Fritz Kirchner (Scott 3 = $ 110’000/Gi = £ 150’000).