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.
blogIn this column in the Aug. 24 issue of Linn’s, I referred to the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa., as a “gift to stamp collectors.” The BNAPS library and the APRL are two of many libraries available to stamp collectors, and some philatelic libraries are available online. Read More ›
blogIt’s often been said that one of the salutary benefits of collecting stamps is the friendships made along one’s philatelic journey. If I were asked to place a value on the bonds thus forged with collectors in locales near and far, I would be rich beyond measure. A few of these hobby friends I have never met in person. Read More ›
blogToday, Nov. 11, 2015, is Veterans Day. Over the years, a number of United States stamps honoring those who have served in our nation’s armed forces have been issued. Read More ›
blogMy previous blog post focused on a mystery: the apparent indentations of paper clips on United States Purple Heart forever stamps that were used to mail payments to the circulation department of my employer, Amos Media in Sidney, Ohio. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses Great Britain’s final stamp issue for 2015, a Star Wars prestige booklet, and reveals what is included in its stamp program for 2016.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses a registered 1967 cover from Qatar that recently sold for almost $1,200 and the latest discovery of an Upright Jenny Invert pane.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman announces that Linn’s has been named official daily publisher of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 and provides an update on the reorganization of the Scott catalogs.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Marty Frankevicz reports on the suspension of Canada Post’s cluster box conversion plan after the election of a new prime minister.
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.