Collecting Rare Royal Mail Stamps

Collecting prints has been a popular hobbyhorse for numerous times. Lots of people collect prints. Indeed Queen Elizabeth herself has an enormous stamp collection and the Palace continues to make this. Getting children interested in stamp collecting is a great way to develop an interest and appreciation of history.

The first British postage stamp was the Penny Black, issued in 1840 during the reign of Queen Victoria. The Penny Black was issued as a way for people topre-pay for their postage at a set rate. Believe it or not, the Penny Black was only published for one time. The problem was that the prints were cancelled (or stamped by the post office) in red essay, and the Royal Mail stamps plant that a lot of prints were beingre-used. The red essay used to cancel them was also fairly easy to remove; hence sneaky people did this and used the prints again and again, therefore depriving the Royal Mail of their profit.

One of the stylish effects about the Penny Black is the fact that it’s historically veritably instigative as when you see a real Penny Black you’re incontinently taken back to a Dickensian Puritanical London. The other great thing about it as a new stamp collector is the fact that contrary to some misconceptions, it’s NOT a rare stamp. Over 68 million were made, and indeed through the end of time, there are numerous genuine Penny Blacks about in collections, deals apartments and dealers stocks.

The important thing about collecting British prints, as in all collecting pursuits, is the condition and the oddity of particular variations of any given stamp. To the untrained eye, you might be suitable to put two Penny Blacks side by side and they might look enough much identical, but the trained stamp collector will know that one is worth$ 10 and the other$ 2000. This might be because one is used and slightly worn, the other mint and unused.

So where can you start to collect rare British prints? If you want to get some of the fabulous prints of the Puritanical period, similar as a Penny Black and a Penny Red, also you’ll presumably need to buy these from a dealer or another collector. Still there have been thousands of other fascinating prints published by the Royal Mail over the last 170 times. All feathers of sets to commemorate important events have been issued from football world mug prints to royal marriages and fetes. Still, just collecting the introductory postage of the time is in itself relatively fascinating because it gives a sense of how affectation the spending power of the UK currency has changed over time. You might be surprised to note that though a Penny Black’s worth of postage now costs only 39 pence,£ 1 in 1840 is now original to around£ 44 in spending power so the real cost of postage has stayed roughly the same in all those times ( conversion figure of£ 1 in 1836 being worth£ 44 in 2007 from the UK National Libraries government point).

The easiest place to start looking for prints for your new British stamp collection is to ask musketeers and family. See if they’ve any old caches of letters and correspondence that they could spare the prints from. However, you can generally moreover brume or soak them, but be careful, If you want to remove prints from envelopes. In some cases it might be safer to just cut them out of the envelope, making sure you do not cut the perforations. Still, if the envelope or card the stamp is on aesthetics literal, you might want to keep it complete and put the whole envelope in your stamp reader. For illustration, if it was addressed to someone from your family, or to someone notorious. Musketeers and family might also have a stamp collection that they maybe started on and no way completed that they would be willing to let you have to get you going. If you do not ask you do not get so see if you can find out! Other places worth checking are charity shops. Charities occasionally have prayers for used postage prints and may have bags of prints for trade at low prices.