India — The market for Indian stamps is still fairly active in India, Europe, Great Britain, and the United States, with certain mint sets from the 1960s through the 1980s in strong demand.
On Oct. 3, 1974, India Post issued a souvenir sheet of three stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (Scott 636a). One of the stamps in the souvenir sheet features an innocent use of the swastika, which was an ancient Indian sun symbol for thousands of years before it became notorious as the symbol of the Nazi Party. The 2014 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values the souvenir sheet in mint never-hinged condition at $10.
I previously tipped this souvenir sheet in the Aug. 10, 2009, and Dec. 24, 2012, Stamp Market Tips columns. If you bought it then, you should be happy now. Since then, demand has only grown as this souvenir sheet continues to rise in value. The souvenir sheet is currently selling for around $50, and it is a good buy at that price.
A Linn’s editor did not find this week’s recommended stamps on zillionsofstamps.com.
Tip of the week
United States — In October 1958, the United States Post Office Department issued the $1 Patrick Henry stamp (Scott 1052) in the long-serving Liberty definitive series.
Henry, one of the Founding Fathers and a native of Virginia, opposed the Stamp Act and was an early advocate of American independence. He is remembered for his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, presented March 23, 1775, to the Virginia Convention meeting at St. John’s Church in Richmond.
After independence was achieved, Henry served as Virginia’s first and sixth governor.
The stamps were produced by rotary press printing in 400-stamp sheets divided into four panes of 100.
The 2014 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values a $1 Patrick Henry stamp in mint never-hinged condition at $4.50 and a mint plate number block of four at $18.
While singles and plate blocks of the stamp are common, full intact unfolded panes with all selvage intact and no perforation separation are very scarce and easily worth $200 or more. When buying, make sure that the stamps in the pane are in the grade of fine-very fine or better. — H.G.
October 09, 2015 02:00 PMLinn’s managing editor Charles Snee reported the recovery of a block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional stamp, once part of a block of 10 that was stolen from the Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977. Read More ›
blogThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
blogWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
blogIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.