The United States Post Office has printed stamps that now are among 7 of the most sought after rare stamps in the world. World wide, rare stamps are worth billions of dollars to collectors.
So what are the most Expensive stamps? And which U.S. Stamps are on the list?
1. The Three-Skilling Yellow
The Three Skilling Yellow is a rare misprinted stamp published by the Swedish government. It was first printed in 1855. The Three Skilling Yellow is one of the rarest stamps. Its value is due to the fact that there is only one left in the world.
In 1984 the “Yellow” was sold for 977,500 Swiss Franks by David Feldman. In 1990 it was sold for one million US Dollars. It was resold again in 1996 for a reported $ 2.3 million USD. Each time the Stamp is sold it is recorded as the world’s most expensive stamp.
2. The First Two Mauritius.
The First Two Mauritius stamps were printed in 1847 in a series issued by the British Colonial Government. There is only one remaining one penny stamp left in unused condition, and three two pence stamps left.
In 1993 David Feldman auctioned the stamps owned by a private collector to set the highest value record for these stamps. The first orange-colored stamps sold for approximately $ 10 million USD. The second was sold for an even higher price.
3. The Inverted Jenny - U.S.
The Inverted Jenny is a pictorial American stamp depicting a 1918 Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” inadvertently printed upside-down. This is considered the most famous misprint in the world of American Philately. There are only about 100 of the stamps left, which makes it one of the most valuable stamp misprints ever.
A full block of inverted Jenny stamps was auctioned by Robert Siegel in October 2005 for $ 2.7 million. In November of 2007 the Inverted Jenny stamps sold for approximately $ 9 million USD. Also in December 2007 a group of the stamps both used and unused and in excellent condition sold to a Wall Street executive for around $ 7.8 million USD.
4. British Guiana One Cent Black on Magenta
The British Guiana One Cent Black on Magenta was printed in 1856. The stamp was printed on poor quality paper with black ink tinted magenta in color, due to emergency conditions at the time.
It is known that there is only one piece left in the world making it the rarest and most expensive stamps in existence. In 1980 it was auctioned to John Dupont for a reported
$ 8.8 million USD.
$ 8.8 million USD.
5. The U.S. Franklin Z-Grill - U.S.
Printed in 1867, the “Z-Grill” stamp is the rarest of all United States postage stamps. There are only 2 pieces left in existence. In 1868 a one cent Franklin Z-Grill was sold for approximately $ 8.7 million USD.
6. Hawaiian Missionaries
The Hawaiian Missionaries series, issued in 1851, is the first group of postage stamps printed for Hawaii. The stamps were printed on low quality paper that was thin and rough. The series had 2-cent, 5-cent and 13-cent versions.
The 1851 2-cent stamp is considered the rarest of the entire series. Only 16 pieces are said to be remaining. A 2-cent Missionary stamp, in mint condition was sold for $ 760,000 USD.
7. The Penny Black
The Penny Black was the first official adhesive postage stamp in the world. It was published by the UK Government on May 1, 1849 and put into use on May 6. The Penny Black stamp is actually not that rare, because of the large number of them that were printed, but it is still included in the list of the most expensive stamps. The Penny Black stamp unused was sold in 2001 for approximately $ 28.5 million USD. A used Penny Black was also sold for $ 1.7 million USD.
I think it is safe to say that in the world of collecting, good things really do come in small packages