Interesting Facts About Stamps

By Anurag

  • \"christmasThe first Commonwealth Country to issue a stamp specifically for postage on Christmas greetings cards was Australia in 1957.
  • \"austriaThe first stamps issued specifically for postage on Christmas greeting cards appeared in Austria in December 1937.
  • \"blackThe first stamp to be issued, in England on 6 May 1840, was the Penny Black. It\’s called the Penny Black because it cost a penny, and it was black. The face on the stamp is Queen Victoria, who was Queen at that time. Just because a stamp is old doesn\’t necessarily make it valuable. The Penny Black is not rare – 68 million of them were printed – but if you had one in excellent condition it could be worth well over £1000.
  • \"afghanistanThe first stamps to bear the date of their production were the \’Tigers\’ of Afghanistan, which bore Moslem dates.
  • \"canadaSince 1935 Canadian stamps have had the date of their production concealed in tiny numerals in the design.
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2 Responses to Interesting Facts About Stamps

  1. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    Thanks Anuragjee. Nostalgic! This is what philately should be.
    About knowing the world. Randomly preserving it on beautiful
    little pieces of paper called stamps.

    Alas, I am only worth-centric. Investment type. Whatever
    nice remains with me is my habit of using commemorative
    stamps whenever I have to.

  2. Abnash Singh says:

    I think our learned philatelists have forgotten about the First XMAS stamps issued in 1898 by Canada itself. SG # 166, 167 and 168 were the three stamps with different shades issued on 7.12.1898 in the denomination of 2 cents being the Imperial Penny Postage. Design was in Black colour; British Possessions wer shown in Red and the oceans were shown in three different colours : Lavender, Greenish Blue and Blue respectively. Forgeries of this stamp also exist without horizontal lines across the continents

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