World Stamps

A Ghana definitive stamp set that is in demand with topical collectors

Mar 10, 2017, 8 AM
Be on the lookout for stamps from the 2003-07 Ghana Fauna and Flora definitive set of 12 (Scott 2524-2529).

Stamp Market Tips — By Henry Gitner and Rick Miller

The Republic of Ghana, formerly the British colony of Gold Coast, is located in West Africa on the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea. Ghana gained its independence on March 6, 1957, and became a republic in 1960.

Ghana has pursued a very robust stamp-issuing policy, with many colorful, well-designed, high-production-value topical stamps marketed aggressively to stamp dealers and collectors. Conversely, definitive stamps issued for postal use have sometimes gone unreported until they show up in the mailstream or in kiloware packets. 

One such definitive issue with broad topical appeal is the set of 12 Fauna and Flora stamps (Scott 2524-2529) issued from 2003 to 2007. The stamps — with designs featuring plants, fungi, birds, butterflies, and fish — are sought by many topical collectors. 

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All of the stamps in the set are known used, but only five stamps from the set are known in mint never-hinged condition. The 2017 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue does not value any of the stamps in the set, because not enough have been bought and sold in the market to establish catalog values. 

You are highly unlikely to find these stamps offered as a set, and we don’t know at what price they would be offered if you did. But keep your eyes open. These small definitive stamps could be easily overlooked in kiloware or loose stamp assortments. If you come across one or more of them, it would be a real find.