A beginner’s guide to stamp collecting

Collecting stamps is a popular and rewarding hobby that is carried out in Britain, Europe, America and throughout the world. Ever since the Penny Black was first issued in 1840, collecting stamps has given great joy to millions of people - including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A timeless hobby, it doe...

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A comprehensive coin grading guide: How to value old coins yourself

Coin grading is far from easy as it remains a subjective area, where opinions vary, and there is no scientific or factual scale on which to base a grading. Just to confuse matters even further, almost every country has its own language to explain their various coin grades. Grading issues have caused dispu...

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How to grade stamps and the impact condition has on value

To carry out stamp grading accurately, a degree of specialist philatelic knowledge is required. But even if you enjoy collecting stamps as a hobby rather than as an investment, you can still learn about the many different factors that must be considered when trying to determine a stamp’s value. The best philate...

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How to value old postcards

The value of old postcards is affected by many variable factors, but demand, condition and rarity often have the greatest influence on how much a postcard’s worth. As experienced valuers of collectables, our experts are often asked: How do I value my vintage and old postcards? Unless you have years of ...

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Philatelic terms explained: An in-depth guide to the most-used stamp terminology

Adhesive: A stamp that is gummed Airmail Stamp: Issued to prepay the postage of mail carried by air Albino: A design impression without any colour Aniline: A water soluble ink or dye Approvals: When a collector is offered ...

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The 32 most important factors which affect a rare error stamps value

Stamp errors are often highly prized by philatelic investors and collectors. The reason stamps with printing errors are so desirable is because their defects have unintentionally created some of the rarest and most visually striking stamps in the world. Some errors can result in a stamp being valued thous...

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The vital factors to look out for when researching the valuation of medals

Collecting military medals will always have an enduring appeal because it is such a great way to discover about history and the important roles people have played. Offering a unique insight into past events of major significance, medals are a lasting tribute to the sacrifices made by soldiers who have fought in c...

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Top tips for valuing rare diecast cars

Collecting diecast model cars is a great way for car enthusiasts to own the models they love. Whilst buying the full-size vehicle is often financially out of reach, owning a detailed replica represents the best way to acquire a piece of automotive history. Popular with people of all ages, the pastime firs...

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