newsWhat makes a Swiss 5-rappen blue stamp sold by Koehler unusual?
November 06, 2016 05:00 PMCollectors of Switzerland know that the imperforate Strubels, which were current from 1854 until they were replaced by the similar (perforated) Sitting Helvetia series in 1862, are one of the most complex areas of classic philately.
newsStamps of partitioned Poland highlight Cherrystone auction’s worldwide offerings
November 05, 2016 05:00 PMWith the exception of a solitary stamp issued under Russian dominion in 1860, Poland had no stamps of its own until the end of World War I, at which time the Allies backed its re-emergence as an independent nation.
newsClassic U.S. issues missing usual anti-fraud device highlighted recent Kelleher auction
October 02, 2016 07:00 PMGrills were experimental, waffle-like impressions of various sizes, pressed into U.S. stamps during the production process, as part of an effort to combat the fraudulent cleaning and reuse of stamps.
newsNew Zealand’s first stamp tops $10,000 in Status International sale
October 01, 2016 02:00 PMThe design for New Zealand featured a likeness of Queen Victoria based on a full-length portrait by the Swiss painter Alfred Edward Chalon, done at the time of the queen’s ascension to the throne in 1837.
newsGaertner’s October auction caps a decade of growth for the auction house
September 25, 2016 07:00 PMIn the decade since its first sale in 2006, the company has grown by acquiring other auction firms, while the size of Gaertner’s sales, which happen three or four times a year, has also mushroomed.