World Stamps

By Joe O'Donnell

Amazing attic find reported in UK, 1918 Jenny Invert to be sold: Week's Most Read

February 13, 2015 10:25 AM

  • Dealer Allan Grant of Rushstamps, left, and Laurence Gibson of Kelleher Auctions hold a rare block of 19 China 5-candarin Imperial Dragon stamps that were recently discovered in the attic of a house in the United Kingdom. Photo © Chris Balcombe, used with permission.

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. Stars and Stripes theme for new U.S. presorted standard coilsEach nondenominated Stars and Stripes stamp is inscribed “Presorted Standard” and has a nominal postage value of 10¢.

4. Iwo Jima 1945, the photograph and the 3¢ green stampOn Feb. 19, 1945, the Marines invaded a small, well-defended and heavily fortified volcanic island about 700 miles south of Tokyo.

3. Court rules USPS must pay 37¢ Korean War artist $540,000The Feb. 4 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit still could be appealed to the Supreme Court.

2. Jenny Invert to be auctioned in Siegel sale of Curtis collectionThis most well-known of U.S. stamp errors was the inspiration for the $2 Jenny Invert stamp (Scott 4806) issued in 2013.

1. 35 rare 5c China Imperial Dragons found in attic in UKThe stamps, which had lain undisturbed for approximately 125 years, were discovered in the attic of a house in the Cotswolds.

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Editor's note: Metrics were measured between Friday, Feb. 6, and 10:27 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13.