Lebanon — The Lebanese diaspora has grown exponentially in recent years thanks to the chaos in the Middle East. In 1926, the population of Lebanon was 84 percent Christian. Today, it is about 40 percent Christian. As these refugees become settled and established in new lands, some, especially among the older generations, have turned to collecting stamps of their homeland as a link to what they have lost.
There has always been a sizeable Lebanese community in the United States, and they have been well-represented in both the collector and dealer communities.
On Sept. 12, 1957, Lebanon issued a set of two regular postage stamps and two airmail stamps (Scott 313-314 and C243-C244) commemorating the Second Pan-Arab Games held in Beirut. The 2014 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue notes but does not list or value a souvenir sheet containing one each of the four stamps. This souvenir sheet benefits from crossover interest from sports topical collectors. It is very scarce and well worth $100 to $150 in mint never-hinged condition, if you can find it.
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United States — In 1898, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued a set of 12 Battleship proprietary and documentary revenue stamps (Scott R161-R172). The taxes collected by these stamps were used in funding the expense of the Spanish-American War. They are beautifully engraved and historically significant.
The 2014 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers does not value them as a set, and they are not often sold that way. You will probably have to assemble a set one stamp purchase at a time.
Collectively, their Scott catalog value in unused original gum condition is $283.50. The major-number listed stamps are rouletted gauge 5½, but the Scott catalog also lists with minor numbers and values 10 of the stamps with gauge 7 hyphen-hole perforations.
The 40¢, 50¢ and 80¢ stamps (Scott R170-R172) are the key stamps in the issue and comprise 95 percent of the set’s value. The rest of the stamps in the set are easy to find.
Take your time, pay attention to grade and look for attractive examples with sound gum. If you are on a modest budget, you can stick to the less expensive stamps and dream of Admiral Dewey and the Battle of Manila Bay: “You may fire when ready, Gridley!” — 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.