Friday, June 6, 2008

A penny for your thoughts... New stamp celebrates the Royal Canadian Mint's centenary

Ottawa - Canada Post today issued a domestic rate stamp in celebration of the Royal Canadian Mint's centennial.

Headquartered in the nation's capital, the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) is among the largest and most elaborate minting operations in the world. Though originally established to produce domestic coinage, the Mint's reputation for innovative designs and detailed craftsmanship soon attracted an international market. Today, the RCM is at the forefront of currency innovation, producing all Canadian coins and those for many other countries, as well as . . .

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Successful Coin Collecting Format Adopted for Stamps

(Newport Beach, California) – A popular way to collect coins is the basis for a new system to attract new stamp collectors and assist novices who may be confused by a huge number of complicated, nearly identical varieties. Professional Stamp Experts (PSE) of Newport Beach, California, a sister company of Professional Coin Grading Service, has created a simplified system for building a basic type set of U.S. postage stamps. PSE is offering a free, 56-page booklet that explains the new system. . . .

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Monday, June 2, 2008

World's Most Valuable South American Stamp Collection in New York Auction

A collection of historic, early South American postage stamps from the 1800's, valued at $5 million or more, will be offered in a public auction in New York City on June 5 and 6, 2008.

(New York, New York) -- The world's most valuable private collection of South American postage stamps, assembled over four decades by a retired college professor who now lives on an island, will be offered in a public auction in New York City and online on June 5 and 6, 2008. One 1840's item from Brazil is expected to sell for more than $1 million.

"The collection contains more than 300 rare stamps and is conservatively estimated at $5 million. These include the rarest and most outstanding classic stamps of the 1840's and 1850's from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru," said Scott R. Trepel, President of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. of New York City (, the firm conducting the sale.

"These historic stamps have been publicly displayed at international exhibitions over the decades, and the rarest item in the collection was prominently featured in a 1954 Life magazine article, 'World's Rarest Stamps.' But this is the first time all of them have been gathered in one collection at one time."

Highlights of the auction include . . .

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Queen Elizabeth puts Penny Black stamps up for sale from Stamps from the Queen's private Royal Philatelic Collection

Stamps from the Queen's private Royal Philatelic Collection are to be auctioned.

Auctioneers Spink said 13 duplicates, including two mint Penny Blacks, would go under the hammer in London on June 12.

It is the second time Spink has sold items from the Royal collection. . . .

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National Postal Museum Acquires Rare Stamp Collection

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum has received a well-known stamp collection from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The Harry L. Jefferys collection, which includes an inverted Jenny and numerous other philatelic rarities, was bequeathed to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1948 by insurance executive H.L. Jefferys. It has been in storage at the Institute for decades.

The Franklin Institute recently determined that the collection no longer supports its mission of science and technology-based education and negotiated an agreement for the collection to be transferred to the National Postal Museum.

The Harry L. Jefferys collection consists of . . .

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