US Stamps

Penny Black FDC sells, new Elvis stamp anticipated: Week's Most Read

June 05, 2015 10:10 AM

  • Appropriately offered for sale in the month and year of its 175th anniversary, this Penny Black first-day cover sold for $32,000 at the auction during Europhilex in London in May.

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news.

Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week, according to reader metrics. 

Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order:

5. Linns.com gets fresh new look: The new Linns.com is much more than the digital home of Linn’s Stamp News and the Scott catalogs.

4. Wild and beautiful Costa Rica showcases itself on stamps: The country hosts a remarkable collection of animals and plants, possibly as much as five percent of all the Earth’s species.

3. Will new U.S. Elvis stamp be a blockbuster?: Perhaps the forever stamp to be dedicated at Presley’s Graceland estate Aug. 12 will have the lure of the first Elvis stamp.

2. 2¢ Grant postal card sells for $92,000 at Rumsey auction: Schuyler Rumsey held an auction April 23-26 in conjunction with the Westpex stamp show in San Francisco. 

1. Penny Black FDC sells for $32,000: The first-day cover of the Penny Black was mailed on May 6, 1840, the inaugural date on which adhesive stamps could be used in Great Britain to show prepayment of postage. 

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Editor's note: Metrics were measured between Friday, May 29, and 10:09 a.m. ET Friday, June 5.