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.
blogEleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds share ideas …,” and Linn’s is fortunate to have thoughtful leaders of the stamp hobby on its Editorial Advisory Board. Board members participated in a lively discussion of “The State of the Stamp Hobby” Aug. 21 at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich. Read More ›
August 19, 2015 01:58 PMIn an unusual development for our hobby, the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service is blogging about stamp collecting. Read More ›
August 17, 2015 12:19 AMFrom 1967 to 2006, Royal Mail (Great Britain’s post office) advertised all new issues with posters displayed in post offices. Most of these posters had pictures of the stamps along with basic information such as the date of issue, instructions for first-day covers, etc. Some were a little more elaborate. Read More ›
August 14, 2015 09:46 AMWill the United States Postal Service issue a Christmas stamp this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic television musical special A Charlie Brown Christmas? Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
Watch as Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty discusses the hiring of a new executive director of the American Philatelic Society, the new Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board and the upcoming APS Stampshow.
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.