Rare German stamps are typically those that date back to the mid-to-late 1800s, when postage stamps first came into use. For instance, the 12-Kreuzer stamp from the Baden Landpost in 1862 sells for as much as $7,000, according to Sammler.Continue Reading
Some of the oldest German stamps, and thus most valuable, come from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which began issuing postage stamps in 1852. The Northern District released seven denominations with a large numeral inside a square frame. These stamps were typographed, printed in black on colored paper. The denominations included 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 shillings. The House of Thurn and Taxis regularly changed the color of the stamps, which helps in dating them.
Thurn and Taxis also released postage stamps for the Southern District. These were similar to those from the Northern District except the large numerals were inside a circular frame instead of square. They also came in only four denominations: 1, 3, 6 and 9 shillings.
Some other rare and valuable stamps came from turn-of-the-century Wurttemberg. The Communal Authorities of Wurttemberg were the only ones releasing regular, official postage stamps at the time. They issued six stamps between 1875 and 1900 that were printed in colored ink on unwatermarked paper. The denominations were 2, 3, 5, 10 and 25 Pfennig. There were two 5-Pfennig stamps, a purple and a blue one. Stamps printed after 1906 came on paper with circle and cross watermarks.Learn more about Stamps
In order to properly identify old postage stamps, a stamp collection catalogue is necessary, according to 2 Click Stamps. There are two primary catalogues used by stamp collectors, the Scott Specialized Stamp Catalog and the Stanley Gibbons catalogue; these are used respectively in the United States and Great Britain.Full Answer >
To find out what old postage stamps are worth, do a little research into the specific stamps, and be careful in identifying the stamps correctly. Some stamps have common and rare varieties which differ from one another only in minute details. Usually, assessing the value of stamps is helpful in weeding out what is not valuable, while valuable stamps require additional appraisal by experts.Full Answer >
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, The South Devon Players Theatre Company and the Children's Safety Education Foundation all collect used postage stamps for their charities. However, several more charities accept used stamps.Full Answer >
Great Britain was the first country to adopt a truly modern postal system and, as a result, has never been required to stamp its country name on postage. Prior to the adoption of the Penny Black, the first adhesive postage stamp, most postal systems collected fees from the recipients of mail, according to Stamp-Collecting-World. The British system was the first to adopt prepayment, the proof of which was the stamp.Full Answer >