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.
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.