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Four Rarest Stamps In the World

By Suparna Chakaraborthy
Have you ever indulged in stamp collection? It is one of the most common hobbies across the world and to me the most fascinating. My grandfather had 10 folders of collected stamps which he had got from across the globe. His stamp folders have been my introduction to the world. He had collected stamps of places which I had never heard about and below every stamp you can see a little description. Stamp collection is an addiction. The main aim of every stamp collector is to have the most unique stamps in his collection. So, all those who are addiction to stamp collection. Here are some rarest stamps in the world -

1.One Penny Black – The mention of the rarest stamps in the world stays incomplete without the mention of the One Penny Black stamp. It is the first ever stamp in the world which portrayed the picture of Queen Victoria and was issued in the year 1840.The current market value of the unused One Penny Black is 00 US dollars.

2.The Three Skilling Yellow – This one of the most sort after rarest stamps in the world. Every time this stamp is sold, it has set a record. The Three Skilling Yellow stamp, was an error stamp of Sweden issued from 1855 and is one of it's kind. There is no second copy of it. It was last sold in 1996 to an anonymous collector for $ 2.3 million at an auction.

3.The Inverted Jenny – This world's rarest stamp of United states introduced in 1918 made news for all wrong reasons. In the stamp by mistake the image of the Curtiss JN-4 airplane was put upside down. Only 100 such copies were released making it an rare stamp which lured every stamp collector. It was last sold to an unidentified Wall Street executive for $ 825,000.

4.Hawaiian Missionaries Stamps – Introduced in the year 1851, the Hawaiian Missionaries Stamps were crudely engraved and pasted on a thin poor quality paper. It was the first Hawaiian stamp and now only 16 copies are said to have survived. At present the value of the 2 cent stamp is $ 760,000 for used and 5,000 for unused stamps.

These are some of the top four rarest stamps in the world and also the most sort after. The high cost and difficult reach of the rare stamps don't seem to discourage the stamp collectors. The demand for rarest stamps in the world are still high.

Story first published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 16:50 [IST]
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