Belgium’s ‘Titanic’ souvenir sheet popular with topical collectors
Stamp Market Tips by Henry Gitner and Rick Miller
The Western European country of Belgium borders France to the southwest, the Netherlands and the North Sea to the north, Germany to the east and Luxembourg to the southeast.
The Flemish population of northern Belgium speaks Dutch, while the southern part is inhabited by Walloons who speak French. German also is an official language of the country.
Belgium declared its independence in 1830 and issued its first stamps in 1849.
Modern Belgium has been a prolific issuer of generally well-distributed and not overly expensive postage stamps, many of which appeal to topical collectors.
On April 16, 2012, Belgium issued a souvenir sheet of two stamps to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic tragedy (Scott 2562). The stamp designs feature stereo-optic images of the sinking of the ship.
The 2020 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values the souvenir sheet at $19, roughly double face value, in both mint never-hinged condition and in used condition.
This souvenir sheet is very popular with ship and Titanic topical collectors, as well as with collectors who specialize in stamps with stereo-optic images.
The souvenir sheet is a good buy in mint never-hinged condition in the $15-to-$19 price range.
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