Stamp collecting has long been popular since they first appeared in 1840. From the original Penny Black to First Day covers and new issues, there are many ways to enjoy these small but exquisite items – collect by subject area, theme, country or period in history maybe, but keep an eye on grade (the position of the printed design on the paper) and condition (for example, production anomilies, damage).

ATG letter: Imperforate Penny for your thoughts

22 July 2024

Further to your report on the extremely rare Plate 77 Penny Red, offered for sale at a tempting £650,000 (News Digest, ATG No 2652), it might be of interest to readers who are neither philatelists, nor postal historians, to note that it was the imperforate Penny Red which replaced the Penny Black in February 1841, not the perforated Penny Red, like the example illustrated.

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Stanley Gibbons starts shared ownership for collectables

11 October 2021

Stanley Gibbons’ plans to offer shares in the world’s most expensive stamp are set to become a reality with the launch of a new fractional ownership website.

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Stanley Gibbons hit by pandemic but hopeful for improved trading in revamped shop

11 August 2021

Stamp and coins dealership Stanley Gibbons reported its full year results highlighting the impact the pandemic had on sales.

British Guiana Magenta stamp

Buy a share in the world’s most expensive stamp

14 June 2021

Stanley Gibbons, the buyer of the world’s most expensive stamp at Sotheby’s New York last week, said it plans to “democratise” its ownership by inviting the public to buy shares in it.

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Designer Stuart Weitzman’s treasures at Sotheby’s could set records for any coin and stamp

16 March 2021

Sotheby’s is staging a three-lot sale of exceptional items from the collection of luxury shoe designer Stuart Weitzman this summer.

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ATG letter: A ‘bizarre’ ban from making a bid

10 August 2020

MADAM – During these challenging Covid-19 times, it is encouraging to note that stamps, at least, have held up well, perhaps because philately is the perfect hobby for the home buyer.

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Stanley Gibbons unveils refurbished Strand showroom

26 June 2020

Stanley Gibbons Group, which runs philately auctioneer-dealer Stanley Gibbons, numismatic dealership Baldwin’s and auction joint venture Baldwin’s of St James’s, will shortly reopen its newly refurbished shop and head office at 399 Strand in central London.

Refinanced Stanley Gibbons moves in positive direction

02 December 2019

Losses narrowed for stamps, coins and medals business Stanley Gibbons in the six months to September 30.


Tiny stamp and banknote designs adopted far and wide

27 May 2019

After more than 50 years as a designer for international stamps and banknotes printer Waterlow & Sons, Leonard Douglas Fryer (1891-1965) retired to enjoyable obscurity at his home in Ilford.


Previews: £30,000 plus

29 April 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.


Shapero parent company to launch Mayfair Book Auctions this week

11 June 2018

The parent company of recently launched Mayfair Philatelic Auctions has announced it will also be holding regular auctions of books and prints, writes Roland Arkell.

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Hornby owner buys stake in Stanley Gibbons Group to help reduce debt

23 February 2018

Stamp and coin dealership Stanley Gibbons Group has sold a stake to the owner of model railway and collectables retailer Hornby to help pay down debt.


The Presidential Selection: Franklin Roosevelt

04 November 2016

In the run-up to the US election on November 8, Frances Allitt takes a look at the objects previous presidents borrowed, bought – and sometimes broke.

Stanley Gibbons losses mount up as they write down £24m

03 October 2016

Collectables and auction business Stanley Gibbons has posted a £28.9m full-year loss after writing down the value of its assets.

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Rare American ‘Inverted Jenny’ stamp recovered

18 April 2016

A rare American stamp stolen in 1955 in one of the most famous thefts in philatelic history has been recovered after turning up at Spink.

Stanley Gibbons auditors quit over risk

03 March 2016

The auditors for Stanley Gibbons, the venerable collectables dealership and parent company of Dreweatts Bloomsbury, Mallett and AH Baldwin, have resigned because they believe the firm is exposed to excessive risk.

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Global sales at Spink hit £29m in strong coins and stamps market

19 January 2015

Philatelic and numismatic specialists Spink have posted annual sales figures of just under £29m.

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The $7.9m record stamp

23 June 2014

Sotheby’s set a new auction record for a stamp with the $7.9m (£4.85m) hammer taken for the 1856 British Guiana one-cent Magenta in New York last week.

Revision of postal museum sales policy

20 March 2014

The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) has revised its policy for sales of duplicates following controversy surrounding last July’s Sotheby’s auction.

Sotheby’s defend stamp sale decision

01 July 2013

Sotheby’s have issued a robust defence of the British Postal Museum & Archive in the wake of strong criticism of the decision to sell off a tranche of its stamp collection valued at up to £5m.



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