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 and where to sell Hornby trains and model trains

It takes much hard work, effort and dedication to create a model railway collection. Loved and cherished by those who have them, they come in all shapes and sizes and often contain a wide variety of makes or models. As one of the leading international providers of mo...

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How much are my coins worth?

Coins are interesting and fun to collect, but it is actually very difficult to know their true worth because, like any kind of collectable, it depends on many different variables. Having been trusted to value numismatics since 1958, our experts are frequently asked: How much are my coins worth? What you m...

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How to appraise stamps

Stamp collecting continues to be among the most popular hobbies, keenly followed by collectors all over the world. Its popularity may have waned since the 1950s and 60s, when almost half of youngsters had a collection of some sort, but the growth of internet sales platforms has resulted in a wide variety...

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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 sell old postcards

The study of postcards is known as ‘deltiology’ and they are often collected as souvenirs, mementos or historical records. First printed and sent by the postal service circa 1840, the popularity of sending postcards has sadly declined in the digital era. However, postcard collecting is still a...

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How to sell rare coins

Whether you’ve inherited a collection of coins or spent years assembling an impressive collection, there may come a time when you wish to sell your coins. For many with little experience of selling collectables this can be a daunting process. When researching how to sell rare coins, the internet tends to be the...

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How to sell your stamp collection

Unearthing a rare stamp is like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s highly unlikely, but hidden gems do still turn up.  With tens of thousands of active collectors based in the UK, and millions more around the world - especially in Asia, there are plenty of rare stamp collections which have not yet been disco...

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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 o...

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

Stamp collecting is a rewarding hobby for all ages. However, it can be quite challenging if you don’t know the meaning of the stamp terminology that’s widely used by collectors and dealers. This guide to stamp collecting abbreviations has been compiled for those who may need a bit more clarity to fully unders...

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Stamp collecting for beginners

Stamp collecting is a fulfilling hobby with very few rules, but it’s actually much more than that. To many stamp collectors, it’s a way to explore the world, its many different countries, their diverse history, beautiful artwork and colourful cultures. You don't have to buy expensive equipment to enjo...

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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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