July 02, 2015 09:31 AMLiechtenstein, Germany panoramas featured on new pairs of stamps
July 02, 2015 01:32 PMWhen should you pursue expertization of a stamp or cover?
July 01, 2015 10:28 AMControversial U.S. 1917 30¢ orange will remain unchanged in Scott catalogs
newsNetherlands stamp celebrates Battle of Waterloo bicentennial
July 02, 2015 12:18 AMThe Netherlands’ PostNL issued a single stamp June 22 marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The nondenominated international-rate stamp shows a portrait of the Prince of Orange, later King William II.
newsLiechtenstein, Germany panoramas featured on new pairs of stamps
July 02, 2015 09:31 AMPanoramic views of nature are shown across three recent pairs of stamps. Two of these se-tenant (side-by-side) pairs were issued by Liechtenstein June 9, the first in a Nature Reserves series. Germany issued the third pair July 1, continuing a series called Germany’s Most Beautiful Panoramas.
newsBorn July 2: Thurgood Marshall
July 02, 2015 03:30 AMThurgood Marshall was named to the United States Supreme Court in 1967.
newsElvis sighting online
July 01, 2015 03:35 PMThe forthcoming Elvis Presley commemorative stamp made a brief appearance on the Internet — and then it was gone. Collectors reported placing orders for Elvis Presley forever stamps when they spotted the new listing on the United States Postal Service's retail website. Linn's reader Stephen J. Sullivan said he preordered uncut sheets and other Elvis stamp items, and received a confirmation e-mail for his order.
insightsRomania 1858 Coat of Arms cover top lot at Harmers sale
July 02, 2015 03:40 PMHarmers International held a sale of worldwide stamps and postal history at the Collectors Club in New York on June 6, including a numerous array of philatelic forgeries. The sale was previewed on the front page of the June 8 Linn’s. The top lot was a cover from Romania franked with an 1858 54-parale stamp showing the classic bull’s head Coat of Arms design.
insightsWhen should you pursue expertization of a stamp or cover?
July 02, 2015 01:32 PMSeveral readers have asked: In what situation should a stamp or cover be expertized? I could write several long and wordy columns on this subject, but a more meaningful way to approach it may be to show some examples over the next several columns, and say a bit about why these items need to be expertized.
insightsAustria produced the world’s first newspaper stamps
July 02, 2015 01:08 PMThe first newspaper in Austria was published in 1605, and for many years newspaper publishers paid postal fees, in cash, to mail copies of their publications. Writing in The Collectors Club Philatelist of January 1951, Edwin Mueller suggested that the first postage stamp of the Austrian monarchy, issued in 1850, prompted the idea of a similar adhesive stamp to prepay newspaper postal fees.
insightsPeople’s Republic of China early issues remain strong
July 02, 2015 11:32 AMhe China market is definitely weaker than it has been in recent years. Many People’s Republic of China sets that used to sell for nearly 100 percent of Scott catalog value are now selling for around 50 percent of catalog value. A speculative bubble in the China stock market has been draining Chinese investors away from stamps. This stock market seems to have overcome some of the mistrust once held by many Chinese investors, and is drawing a lot of investor money away from stamps and coins.
insightsBeware of faded colors on stamps described as color-omitted errors
July 02, 2015 10:32 AMSometimes colors can fade on stamps to the point that they look like color-omitted errors. An online auction of an apparent color-omitted error illustrates this important point. A buyer’s winning bid approached $100 for a faded stamp offered as a “color omitted error” on the online auction site eBay in September 2014. The so-called error is a mint single of the $5 stamp in the Americana series, issued in 1979 (Scott 1612).
insights‘The stamp of controversy’: the 1917 unwatermarked 30¢ orange Franklin stamp, perforated 10
July 01, 2015 02:53 PM“This is the stamp of controversy. I believe in it. BKM,” wrote Benjamin K. Miller, who donated his magnificent collection of United States postage stamps to the New York Public Library in 1925 — the most complete U.S. stamp collection that anyone had assembled up to that time. At present the Miller collection is on long-term loan to the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., where visitors can inspect at close hand the rarities he collected. In the note attached to his album leaf, Miller was referring to a block of four 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin stamps with gauge 10 perforations on unwatermarked paper mounted on that page.
insightsA shoe-shopping expedition on postage stamps
July 01, 2015 12:26 AMIf you agree with the maxim “you can never have too many shoes,” you may want to start examining postage stamps for the variety of footwear found there. A good place to begin on a philatelic shoe-hunting expedition is Belgium’s 2008 commemorative honoring the National Footwear Museum (Scott 2337). The museum is located in Izegem, a former shoemaking center.
insightsNepal is in the headlines, and in our stamp albums
July 01, 2015 11:27 AMOn April 25 of this year, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in Southeast Asia experienced a devastating earthquake that took the lives of more than 8,000 people. An aftershock on May 12 led to further death and destruction. How many people who watched the news reports of these devastating events knew where Nepal is and what the country is like? Those of us who are worldwide stamp collectors have an advantage, because we have learned global geography from our stamps.
insightsJenny Invert Locket Copy sold to Virginia coin collector
June 30, 2015 10:59 AMThe famed Locket Copy of the Inverted Jenny, the United States 24¢ airmail stamp of 1918 with the biplane in the center printed upside down in error, was sold in New York on May 20 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in association with Sotheby’s.
July 03, 2015 05:08 PMRegency Superior held a sale June 3-7 in conjunction with the Napex stamp show in McLean, Va. The sale included space memorabilia and autographs, as well as stamps and postal history. In common with other such sales, however, there were some crossover items that covered multiple categories. Read More ›
July 02, 2015 03:45 PMIn the Spotlight on Philately column this month, Ken Lawrence presents a lengthy and fascinating history of the United States 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin stamp of 1917 with gauge 10 perforations on unwatermarked paper. Read More ›
July 01, 2015 09:36 AMSince the abhorrent murder of nine African-American churchgoers by a white supremacist in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, calls have spread across the United States for symbols of the old Confederacy to be removed from public places. Read More ›
July 01, 2015 04:35 PMThe hardcover edition of the 2015 United States Postal Card Catalog arrived on my desk in mid-June. The catalog is published by the United Postal Stationery Society, of which I am a longtime member. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the announcement that Scott catalogs is assigning Scott number 5000 for United States stamps.
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz discusses a new Spanish stamp commemorating the first international congress on bullfighting as cultural heritage.
Chad Snee reports on the National Postal Museum reception for the display of the British Guiana 1¢ Magenta stamp.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the recent U.S. postage rate changes and the 10 new stamps being issued this week.
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.