5 Most Expensive Stamps
After the initial creation and use of the Penny Black in the 19th century, the value and worth of stamps has increased significantly.
These valuable objects are not only collected for their cultural and historical importance but also because they may end up making the owner wealthy. Yes, you read that right!
Some stamps happen to be rare while others commemorate momentous events and hence are more valuable and expensive.
To satisfy your curiosity and interest, here we’ve gathered the most valuable stamps in the world that are worth every penny.
1. The Penny Black
This little black stamp is the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, which speaks volumes about why it is regarded as one of the most valuable stamps.
The Penny Black boasts a photo of Queen Victoria II who was depicted from the sketch that William Wyon – a popular artist of the time – drew of the Queen when she was 15. In addition to the Queen’s image, the stamp features fine borders and stars in the corners. However, the Penny Black has no reference of its origin – the name of the country, which is a norm in modern day stamps.
Unlike many other expensive stamps, the Penny Black is not a rare kind and is available at plenty of markets for sale. An unused Penny Black can help the owner earn around $3,000!
2. Inverted Swan
The Inverted Swan, first issued in 1855 by Western Australia, is the world’s first invert stamp that features a tilted frame. Only 15 copies of this stamp are left now, which are displayed at museums in Dublin, Sydney, and Perth, and in the Tapling Collection of the British Museum.
It is believed that the rare stamp was last sold in 1983 for $35,500!
3. Red Mercury
Unlike other postage stamps that were used for mailing letters, the Red Mercury was used for mailing newspapers in Austria. In the 19th century, this scarlet stamp was sold for six kreuzers and depicted the image of a Roman god.
Unfortunately, the Red Mercury was short-lived and was soon replaced by a new design that featured the image of Franz Joseph. Due to its rarity, the stamp holds a high worth of $37,000 today.
4. The British Guiana 1c Magenta
This is one of the rarest and most expensive stamps in the world, estimated at $9 million! While the stamp was first created in an emergency, its crude design makes it one of the most valuable stamps in the world.
5. The Treskilling Yellow
This postage stamp was meant to be printed in a blue-green color but ended up being printed in yellow which increases its estimated value.
The Swedish misprinted stamp is the only surviving copy to exist today and this is the reason why the stamp’s worth is over $2.1 million.
If you want to be among a few lucky ones to obtain one of these rare stamps, then auctions are the best place to start!