Home » Collectibles » Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Friday, February 10th 2012. | Collectibles

Some people love to collect stamps even it’s the most expensive postage stamp. They tend to be more attentive to those intricate little details such as historical value, geographical aspects, number of prints, etc. A stamp is a distinctive mark or impression made upon an object, a device used to make it, or a distinctive sticker applied to an object. It may also include other vouchers or records with similar purposes. Types of stamps, and related subjects, include.

10. Perot Provisional

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Perot Provisional Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Perot Provisional

This most expensive postage stamp is the first postage stamp printed in Bermuda in 1848 and along Hamilton which marks the capital city the stamp also bears the signature of William Perot the country’s postmaster, hence the name of this stamp. There are 11 examples of this stamp known today, mostly owned by european royal families and the value of the stamp is around 100.000 USD.

 

9. Baden 9 Kreuzer

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Baden 9 Kreuzer Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Baden 9 Kreuzer

This most expensive postage stamp is Baden’s first postage stamp and was printed in 1851. Sprung out of an error since green paper was intended for the 6 Kreuzer value, there are only 4 examples of this stamp known at the moment which makes it among the rarest collectible stamps in the world. One of them was sold for 1, 3 million euro in 2008.

 

8. Double Geneva

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Double Geneva Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Double Geneva

The Double Geneva is a rare Swiss stamp that was issued by the City of Geneva in 1843, making it the third-oldest stamp of the European continent after the Zurich 4 and 6 (1842), and the British Penny Black and Two penny blue, (1840). It bears the name Double Geneva for the double image on the stamp and its place of origin. The estimated value is around 70.000 USD.

 

7. The inverted Jenny

Most Expensive Postage Stamps The inverted Jenny Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps The inverted Jenny

The Inverted Jenny (also known as an Upside Down Jenny or Jenny Invert) is a United States postage stamp first issued on May 10, 1918 in which the image of the Curtiss JN-4 airplane in the center of the design was accidentally printed upside-down; it is probably the most famous error in Americanphilately. A single inverted Jenny was sold at a Robert A. Siegel auction in November 2007 for US $977,500.

 

6. The red lady in the green dress

Most Expensive Postage Stamps The red lady in the green dress Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps The red lady in the green dress

Printed in 1897 and part of a trial printing, there are only 9 examples of what is recognized as the most expensive Chinese stamp. This most expensive postage stamp is valued at nearly 1.3 million USD.

 

5. Benjamin Franklin Z-Grill, 1867

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Benjamin Franklin Z Grill 1867 Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Benjamin Franklin Z-Grill, 1867

There are only 2 stamps existing now, this one is the most expensive postage stamp. It depicts president Benjamin Franklin and in case you’re wondering what z-grill stands for, it actually refers to the tiny  indentations on the paper as a method of preventing forgeries. In 1988 one of these two collectible stamps was sold for 930.000 USD.

 

4. Hawaii Missionary Stamps

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Hawaii Missionary Stamps Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Hawaii Missionary Stamps

The Hawaiian Missionaries are the first postage stamps of the Kingdom of Hawaii, issued in 1851. They came to be known as the “Missionaries” because they were primarily found on the correspondence of missionaries working in the Hawaiian Islands. From the whole set the most valued one is actually the 2 cent one which is worth around a quarter million USD.

 

3. British Guiana

Most Expensive Postage Stamps British Guiana Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps British Guiana

This 1856 one cent black on red stamp was once considered to be the world’s most expensive postage stamp. The stamp depicts a ship and also the latin motto of the colony which says “ we give and we seek in return”. Each of the issued stamps had their corners clipped as well as signed by the post office employees in order to prevent replicas.  In 1980 the stamp sold for around 900.000 USD.

 

2. Mauritius “Post Office” Stamp

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Mauritius “Post Office” Stamp Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Mauritius “Post Office” Stamp

The Mauritius “Post Office” stamps were issued by the British Colony Mauritius in September 1847, in two denominations: an orange-red one penny (1d) and a deep blue two pence (2d). Their name comes from the wording on the stamps reading “Post Office”, which was soon changed in the next issue to “Post Paid.” They are among the rarest postage stamps in the world. One of them was sold back in 1993 for around 1,1 million USD.

 

1. Treskilling yellow

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Treskilling yellow Top 10 Most Expensive Postage Stamps in the World

Most Expensive Postage Stamps Treskilling yellow

The ”Treskilling” Yellow, or 3 skilling banco error of color is a postage stamp of Sweden, and holds the world’s record auction sales price for a single postage stamp. In this list is a swedish stamp issued in 1855 and actually a printing error as it should have been printed in green which was indicating its three skilling value instead of yellow which was meant for eight skilling stamps. This most expensive postage stamp sold in 1996 for no less than 2,5 million swiss francs.



tags: ,