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Britain

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 1: 1980 International Stamp Exhibition 50p

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 1: 1980 International Stamp Exhibition 50p

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th annivers...

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 2: 1929 Postal Union Congress £1

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 2: 1929 Postal Union Congress £1

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th annivers...

Most spectacular commemorative, no 4: 1999 Scientist's Tale 64p

Most spectacular commemorative, no 4: 1999 Scientist's Tale 64p

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th annivers...

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 3: 1948 Royal Silver Wedding £1

Most spectacular commemoratives, no 3: 1948 Royal Silver Wedding £1

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th annivers...

Most spectacular commemorative, no 5: 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation 10½p

Most spectacular commemorative, no 5: 1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation 10½p

Which are the most striking special issues Britain has ever produced? To celebrate our 75th annivers...

Commonwealth

Natal: Last but not least

Natal: Last but not least

The stamps of Natal were not always inspired, but ended on a high note with the characterful 1902 po...

Australia: Victim of the paparazzi

Australia: Victim of the paparazzi

A chance encounter in the remote Australian outback produced an iconic stamp image. And the first ch...

Egypt: Stamps to die for?

Egypt: Stamps to die for?

If you thought speculation fever made for some tense scenes in English post office queues in 1966, t...

Sierra Leone: Mixed message

Sierra Leone: Mixed message

An attractive early example of multicoloured stamp printing by Sierra Leone was turned into a chimae...

Canada: The accidental forger

Canada: The accidental forger

A novice Canadian stamp dealer's remaindered stock was worth a small fortune, but his attempts to ma...

Europe

France: Seeds of an idea

France: Seeds of an idea

They were far from universally popular when they first appeared in 1903, but in a 35-year lifespan F...

France: Femme fatale?

France: Femme fatale?

Critics in France thought the 1900 'Mouchon' definitive design appeared to promise a liaison dangere...

The Italian Machin

The Italian Machin

The Siracusana series broke with tradition by offering Italians a single-design definitive range, an...

West Germany: Fresco fiasco

West Germany: Fresco fiasco

When West Germany showed a medieval fresco on a stamp, nobody realised that portions of it were badl...

France: Divine intervention

France: Divine intervention

When the winner of a prestigious French stamp design competition was found to be ineligible as a war...

World

Insuring your collection

Insuring your collection

If you haven't specifically insured your stamp collection, you should think about it now, say indust...

USA: Politically corrected

USA: Politically corrected

The cornerstone of Franklin D Roosevelt’s 'New Deal' for Depression-hit America was celebrated with ...

China: Good money after bad

China: Good money after bad

Strange issues of old China looked the part in 19th-century stamp albums. This one is still highly p...

Nicaragua: No smoke without fire

Nicaragua: No smoke without fire

The Panama Canal is one of the engineering marvels of the world, yet its course was diverted by a po...