Most of these stamps are difficult to locate, and several attract high prices from collectors. In fact, the rarest stamp in the Isle of Man is the King George V PS5 dated 1921. According to Barefoot, there are just seven utilized examples. One is in the British Museum, five are in private hands, and one is known only from an engraved proof.
Isle of Man postage stamps are much sought after by philatelists, and many famous names have appeared on the front of these stamps. Stamps featuring Queen Elizabeth II are especially desirable. There are six different types of Isle of Man stamps: 1c, 2-4b, 4d, 5c, 6d, and 7-11p. Each type has various dates and values.
1c stamps were issued in 1855 to 1869. They are the earliest stamps used on mail sent to and from the Isle of Man. The 1c stamp has black ink on red paper. It is 3/4" tall by 1 3/8" wide.
2-4b stamps were issued from 1870 to 1895. These are the first stamps to use lithographic printing technology on a continuous basis for postal purposes. The original issue was divided into two classes: those with values up to 10 pounds and those with values over 10 pounds.
The most expensive United Kingdom stamps
Valuable stamps were rarely published in large quantities and are incredibly difficult to locate. Because there are so few of these stamps in existence, they are rare and valuable. Serious stamp collectors who invest considerably in their collections own a few of these high-value stamps. The rest are held by museums, libraries, or private individuals.
The first Chinese stamp was issued on January 10, 1864. It was a 100-yuan note from the Beijing Postal Service Office with images of Mount Emei, Zhangjiajie, and Tian'anmen Square. It is one of the most expensive stamps in the world because it is so scarce. A US stamp from 1870-1940's with a similar value could be found easily since it was printed in great quantities.
These days, most Chinese stamps are worth less than $10 each because they are used and printed in huge numbers for important events or newly opened postal services. Many common stamps have been discontinued forever.
Chinese stamps have never been popular in China because they cost too much and are not delivered. Mail service is free within China so people just use that instead. Stamps can be sent through EMS (Expedited Shipping) which costs extra but arrives faster than regular post.
Stamps are useful for sending letters abroad because they are cheaper than regular post.
The most valuable stamps in the world
Purchasing and Selling Collectible United States Duck Stamps Older stamps are often more valuable, and those in good condition may bring hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Complete sheets, mint-condition stamps, and unsigned stamps are among the rarest and most expensive. The more common stamps can be found in almost any collection, but they usually aren't worth much money.
Duck stamps were used by the United States Post Office from 1872 to 1966 to stamp envelopes, letters, and packages. They were also used as currency by postal workers during strikes and other periods when regular mail delivery was interrupted.
There are three types of duck stamps: 1 Singles - one side only is printed with an image or text, 2 Doubles - each letter of the word "DUCK" is printed on both sides, 3 Reissues - previously issued stamps that are reissued with minor changes such as a new design or color.
The first stamps issued under the Duck Stamp program were singles with images of ducks hunting, fishing, or enjoying themselves in other ways. Later stamps included portraits of President Andrew Johnson and his wife, political cartoons, and even an illustration of Abraham Lincoln wearing a hat!
Stamps were sold at post offices and by private dealers. The price varied depending on the type and date of the stamp. Early stamps are very scarce and expensive.
The World's Most Valuable Stamps
As philately prepares for a momentous announcement, we take a look back at 10 of the most valuable stamps in American history.
3 million dollars for the USA 1868 1C/Benjamin Franklin Z Grill (PS2.6m) The 1868 Benjamin Franklin Z Grill postal stamp is the most precious and unusual of all US postage stamps. It was printed by the Washington Post Office Department in Baltimore and is one of only two known copies with its original green ink varnish. The stamp was discovered by philatelist Bernard C Zimmerman who bought it from a postmaster for $15,000 in 1966.
It has been estimated that there are less than 50 copies of this stamp available for sale today. One reason it is so valuable is because it was issued in very small numbers (only 2,500 were printed). Also, it belongs to an extremely rare class of stamps: barbecue grills. Barbecue grills weren't particularly exciting topics back then, so they used this device to attract attention. It's also one of the only US stamps with writing inside the design - letters written by Franklin while he was ambassador to France.
This stamp is so rare that it commands a high price. A complete set of six US stamps costs around $60,000 but there are some still in use today, so they aren't worth much more than that.
The USA first issued postage stamps in 1792.