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.
July 23, 2015 04:35 PMThe Tieton, Wash., post office is a simple 1935 cement block building with a slat wood facade. Townsfolk in the agricultural community of 1,200 in central Washington believe the post office could become a landmark, if only the United States Postal Service would allow them to cover the front with a stamp-like mosaic. Read More ›
July 23, 2015 03:11 PMThe American Philatelic Society will host the nation’s largest annual stamp exhibition Aug. 20-23. The show will take place at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Mich. Read More ›
July 21, 2015 01:00 PMLinn’s Washington Correspondent Bill McAllister recently reported that the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service has taken the nation’s mail agency to task for intentionally creating 100 upright $2 Jenny Invert panes. Read More ›
July 19, 2015 07:23 PMHere in Sidney, Ohio, when the hot, sultry days of summer are upon us, the Scott catalog editors begin to feel the heat of deadlines for the two Scott specialized catalogs. Read More ›
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz discusses the largest souvenir card produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The card is one of three issued to honor the centenary of San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the discovery of another pane of the intentionally created upright variety of the $2 Jenny Invert stamp.
Chad Snee discusses the recent sale of the glass locket containing the famed 1918 Jenny Invert airmail error stamp.
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.