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10 Most Expensive Stamps in the World

Stamp collecting stopped being just a hobby long ago and gradually turned into a serious investment arena. The fact can easily be noticed by a strong resonance coming from auction sales of any postage payment subjects for the highest prices possible. Today we can say that philately goes through the stage of its rebirth exactly because of the interest of rich people who are ready to invest money into separate stamps and whole unique collections.

As a rule, the high price of postage stamps is caused by various factors which are easy to understand even without going deep into the world of philately. At first, you need to understand that the old stamp does not obligatory mean the expensive one. Even the first stamp in the world – the “Penny Black” – can be bought for quite a moderate price nowadays. Still, the quality of an exemplar can be doubtful.

In fact, the most important role belongs to the print run and defects available. Yes, even the simplest stamps printed on a limited run can cost hundred times more in ten years.

Still, philatelists are not rare to be interested with the exemplars printed accidentally or in the wrong color. Many of wrong stamps got destroyed after the print. And not many of them could last later. Such exemplars become the most valued items of one’s collection.

In this article, we are going to mention 10 most expensive postal stamps that have ever appeared on public bidding.

Benjamin Franklin Z Grill

Benjamin Franklin Z Grill

One of the most important stamps is Z Grill. This postal payment item was produced in 1868. It has a nominal value of just 1 cent. The stamp has the picture of Benjamin Franklin on it. Today, we know that there are only two exemplars of this stamp that could last till our times all over the world.

The first exemplar is kept in the New York Public Library, and the second one belongs to the private collection of Bill Gross. He got this unique stamp in exchange for another antique: the US stamp called “Inverted Jenny”. According to expert evaluations, the most expensive stamp of Z Grill nowadays costs nearly 3 million dollars.

The Sicilian Error of Color

The Sicilian Error of Color

The second most valuable stamp in the world is the Sicilian Error of Color, that has its estimated price of 1.72 million US dollars. The name of this stamp is connected to a color error that occurred during its printing. The original exemplar of this stamp was yellow, but a small run of 1859 was released in a blue color for some reason. Today, philatelists know about two exemplars of this stamp existing in the world.

Treskilling Yellow

Treskilling Yellow

The next one of most expensive stamps is the “Treskilling Yellow”. Actually, you could understand why it became rare - because of a print error, too. The stamp of this nominal had to be printed in green color, but the first run of stamps was yellow due to the unknown reason. Nowadays, there is only one stamp of this kind known in the world. The price of this exemplar reaches 2.3 million dollars.

Baden 9 Kreuzer Error

Baden 9 Kreuzer Error

Another wrongly colored stamp called Baden 9 Kreuzer Error has its estimated price of 2 million dollars. Several wrongly printed exemplars are referred to the first stamp release in Baden in 1851.

Deep Blue Mauritius

Deep Blue Mauritius

Not less rare is the Deep Blue Mauritius two pence stamp. It is one of few stamps ever released on Mauritius Island. Nowadays there are only 6 exemplars printed in 1847 with a two pence value known to philatelists. The stamp was bought by the Mauritian consortium of banks in 1993 for 1.15 million dollars. Today, 25 years after the last purchase, we can suppose this stamp to be a lot more expensive, but it is impossible to estimate it precisely.

The Whole Country is Red

The Whole Country is Red

A relatively modern exemplar “The Whole Country is Red” still managed to enter the list of the most expensive stamps. This postal payment item was printed in China in 1968, but never released. In 2012, this stamp was sold for 7.3 million yuan, which was nearly equal to 1 150 000 US dollars.

Orange Red Mauritius

Orange Red Mauritius

Another stamp from Mauritius Island entered the list of the rarest and most expensive philately items. There are only 14 exemplars known nowadays, each of them costs slightly more than 1 million dollars.

The Inverted Jenny

The Inverted Jenny

A legendary and well-known stamp called “Inverted Jenny” is nowadays estimated at 977,5 thousand UD dollars. This rare item appeared due to the typography mistake as well. Though, the point was not about color error, but the picture turned for the print. Despite the fact that stamp used to cost only 24 cents first, 100 years later its price got much higher.

British Guiana 1 Cent Magenta

British Guiana 1 Cent Magenta

This stamp was evaluated at 935 thousand dollars. It was the one-cent stamp of the unusual octagonal shape which was released in British Guiana in 1856. It is valued due to having a real sign of a postmaster E. White.

Tiflis Stamp

Tiflis Stamp

The last stamp of this list is the first Russian postal stamp of Tiflis. There are only three exemplars of this kind known to the world. The price of “Tiflis unica” today is 763.6 thousand US dollars.