Top 10 Ancient stamps in the world

Mauritius ‘Post Office’

Printed in: 1847

Mauritius Post Office

The stamps were of two denominations; one penny with the colour of orange-red and two pence of dark blue. The stamp was modelled after the erstwhile British stamps, featuring the profile of Queen Victoria. It was changed to ‘Post Paid’ from the next series. The stamps were brought to attention of collectors by a merchant’s wife in 1864. Only 26 specimens of the stamp are existing now. They are valued at around $4 million

Inverted Head Four Anna’s stamp

Printed in: 1854

Inverted Head Four Anna’s stamp

Inverted Head Four Anna’s stamp was the famous Indian stamp. Actually it was a highly valuable error stamp. The creation and appearance are using a blue and white dye to make a design and the rare multi-coloured Indian stamp was printed with an upside-down effigy.

Treskilling Yellow

Printed in: 1855

Treskilling Yellow

The rarest postage stamps is occupied by a Swedish stamp named Treskilling Yellow. This stamp once held the world record for the highest price for a single postage stamp in auction. It was sold in a 1996 auction for $2.3 million. In an auction in 2010, it was resold, though the exact price. The three-skilling stamps were printed in blue-green and eight-skilling ones were in yellow.

 Sweden Three Skilling Banco, Yellow Color Error

Printed in: 1855

swedan three skilling banco

Sweden issued its first series of stamps featuring the Swedish coat of arms. The denomination was associated with a different color, which sometimes created confusion in the printing houses. Due to a printing error, one of the three skilling stamps appeared on yellowish orange paper meant for the eight skilling stamp of the same set instead of the usual blue-green color used for this denomination.
The exact number of mistakenly printed stamps remains unknown. It is considered to be a one-of-a-kind rarity, as no other copies have been discovered to date. In 1996, the stamp was auctioned to an anonymous collector for $2.3 million.

British Guiana 1c Magenta

Printed in: 1856

British Guiana 1c Magenta

A stamp that fetched $9.5 million in a 2014 auction the British Guiana 1c magenta is considered the most valuable and rarest stamp in the world. Only one of its type exists now, which is used and cut in the shape of an octagon.. It features a sailing ship along with the colony’s motto ‘Damus Petimus Que Vicissim’. The stamp has been mentioned in various films as a prized object.

Red Mercury Stamp

Printed in: 1856

Red Mercury Stamp

This is the rarest Austrian newspaper stamp and it was created as postage on newspapers. The Mercury stamps depicted the image of the Roman god, and were printed in blue, yellow, and red. The Red Mercury stamps were replaced too soon in 1858. Few copies of very rare stamps have a rare stamp value of $ 40, 000.

Tiflis stamp

Printed in: 1857

Tiflis stamp
Tiflis stamp is the most expensive and rarest postage stamp of Russia. Only 5 stamps reached present days and the price for each of them is $500,000. Only several imperforated sheets were printed in 1857, that’s why these stamps are rare ones.

Shield, Eagle and Flags

Printed in: 1869
shield,eagle and flags
The Shield, Eagle and Flags stamp belongs to the 1869 pictorial issue that included ten stamps worth between 1 and 90 cents. It also marked the first use of bicolour printing. Spelled out in red letters, the denomination number flows over into the blue-framed flags through the red shield. The new technique required double pressing: to print the centre design also known as vignette and to print the frame. While an unused sample with inverted flags is valued at $210,000, a used example costs $65,000.

Uganda Cowries stamps

Printed in: 1895

Uganda Cowries stamps

The first stamps of Uganda were this Ugandan stamps which produced on a typewriter. These high value stamps have an estimated philatelic value of £2,000.00 per pair.

Bluenose stamp

Printed in: 1929

Bluenose stamp

Regarded as the most beautiful and rare Canadian stamp, it was printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company to depict the Bluenose, a racing ship from Nova Scotia.This most favourite classic Canadian stamp has an estimated rare postal stamps value around CAN $700.




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