Penny Black for sale!

The Penny Black is for sale at Arpin Philately! How would you like to own the very first postage stamp ever printed? Now you can own your very own piece of history! Arpin Philately is very happy to possess 2 different Penny Black stamps in inventory right now!! While not necessarily one of the most expensive stamps in the world, it certainly is one of the most famous. After all, it’s what started the modern post system as we know it today.

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Stamps of Newfoundland-collect them now!

Province of CanadaWhy would you want to collect these particular stamps? Because stamps of Newfoundland are an important part of history. Do you know the history of Canada and of Confederacy? I promise that I won’t be giving you a complicated history lesson! In a nutshell, this is how it goes: this land was colonized in turn by the French and the British. First, it was the Province of Canada Then it became the Dominion of Canada after Confederation in 1867. Did you know that Canada is still legally a Dominion? But the term is no longer used in our modern times.

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Glossary of rare stamp terms

Rare stamp glossary
Rare stamp glossary

The rare stamps section of Arpin Philately is extremely popular. Collectors regularly keep an eye on it, on the lookout for little gems to add to their collection. Our rare stamp section also offers rarer stamps with slight faults or flaws in them which significantly lower their cost, enabling you to fill holes in your album for older stamps that otherwise you might not be able to afford.

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5 Ways to Use Affordable Vintage Postage Stamps to Transform Letters & Invitations

Vintage Christmas Stamps
Vintage Christmas Stamps

As a long-time stamp collector I have been asked some funny questions over the years such as “does Rite Aid sell stamps?” or “where can I buy stamps?” which has nothing to do with stamp collecting whatsoever. Recently however one of my friends asked if vintage stamps are still valid to send letters which reminded me of something I use to do to make letters a little more personalized.

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The Stamp Collecting Explosion in China and Its Effect on Prices Around the World

Chinese stamps
Chinese stamps

Stamp collecting has been around for a long time. The first known stamp collector is recorded as early as 1774 in Ireland. The concept began to catch on over the next century, spreading through Britain, the United States and the rest of the world. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that China has discovered a fascination with the hobby.

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British Guiana 1¢ Magenta Breaks World Record!

British Guiana 1¢ Magenta stamp
British Guiana 1¢ Magenta stamp

Last June 17th, the British Guiana 1¢ Magenta was put on auction at Sotheby’s in New York. This stamp is considered by many to be the world’s rarest. Well, if we look at the British Guiana in terms of monetary value, this stamp is now definitely the most valuable, since its selling price has just set a new world record.

The record-shattering amount of US$9.48 million was the winning bid. The stamp was sold over the phone to a bidder who chooses to remain anonymous.

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Top 5 most valuable single stamps in the world

It seems that one of the most interesting subjects in the world of philately is the value of rare stamps. Many articles have been written on the subject, including one by our own company president in 2007, entitled, What are the most famous rare and valuable stamps? However, since then, a few new sales and records have been made. This article lists the 5 most valuable single stamp issues in the world according to the latest research we could find.

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