10 Unique Postage Stamps
Though the postage stamp is a piece of paper used as a payment token on the mail, each one of it has some sort of uniqueness and history associated to it. Every stamp has a value and is usually sold at the post offices. Some of us do not know that the word stamp actually came from the concept of stamping that initially was done on a paper with ink and wooden stamp. After 1840, paper tokens were made which were to be glued upon the mail to be sent and hence they were termed as stamps.
We list some of the famous stamps round the globe that have been used over the ages. All the listed stamps are very rare and can only be found from a collector. We have listed the date of production and the price value for every stamp as well.
10. The Penny Black
The Penny Black was the first stamp to be made. This stamp was made in May 1840 and was issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for official use. The postage stamp had a price value of 1 penny. The Penny Black is not a rare stamp as such but since it was the first stamp the world saw, it is included in the list. 68,808,000 copies were made for this stamp in total. The stamp shows the side pose of the young Queen Victoria.
9. Basel Dove
The Swiss canton of Basel issued this stamp in July 1845. This was the first and only stamp issued by the canton of Basel. At that time each canton was responsible for its own postage hence no uniform postage was being followed. In 1849, a country wide postal service started. This stamp was designed by an architect by the name of Melchior Berri. There is a white dove seen on the face of the stamp carrying a letter in its beck. Having colors Black, Blue and Crimson, this was the world’s first tri color stamp. 41,480 copies were made until September 1854 after which the stamp was not valid for use.
8. Mauritius “Post Office” stamps
This pair of stamps was issued for use in 1847 by the British colony Mauritius, hence named after it. These two stamps were valued to be of 1 penny and 2 pence. These stamps are a collector’s item are classified as the rarest in the whole world. These were the first of the stamps to be produced outside of Great Britain. As of 1981, only 27 of the stamps existed.
7. Hawaiian Missionaries
Hawaiian Missionaries, the first stamp of the Kingdom of Hawaii. These were launched in 1851 by the authorities. Having a face value of 2 cents, only a few exist till the present day. Hence these are also considered to be very unique. Approximate value of a single piece of this stamp today is £450,000.00 for and unused one and £225,000.00 for a used one.
6. Scinde Dawk
Only 100 in number that exist on the entire face of Earth, Scinde Dawk belongs to the Indus Valley of Sindh, an area that belongs to Pakistan territory now. The word Scinde Dawk has been taken from the combination of ‘Sindh’ and ‘Dawk’; Sindh being the territory and Dawk means postage. This stamp was launched in 1852 and is the first postage stamp of Asia. Face value of this stamp is half Anna. (0.00032 USD).
5. Inverted Head 4 Annas
Issued in 1854, having an inverted head printed upon, this stamp has a face value of 4 Annas (0.00256 USD). This stamp is a collector’s item. Only 30 of them exist on the present day. An invert error occurred during the printing of this stamp and that is the reason it has an inverted head printed upon the face of it, hence the name of the stamp. This stamp was made in Calcutta and is one of the first multicolored stamps. (Basel Dove precedes it by 9 years).
4. Treskilling Yellow
The Treskilling Yellow was made in 1855. This is a postage stamp of Sweden. The unique thing about this stamp is that there is only one copy of the stamp that exists on present day. Due to this the current value of this stamp can be said to be the most among all right now. It holds the world record for the auction sale price of single postage stamp. Last sold in 1996, US $ 2,060,000 was the price.
3. British Guiana 1c magenta
Like the Treskilling Yellow, The British Guiana 1c magenta has also only one piece that exists in the present day. Last sold in 1980, the price was US$935,000. This postage stamp is rated by many philatelists as the world’s most famous stamp. It was issued in 1856 by the British Guiana which is now known as Guyana.
2. Uganda Cowries
The only stamp that includes in our list that was made not in a press rather was made on a typewriter. Since there were no press in the Uganda, typewriters were the only way out. This stamp is also very rare in nature and only one of it exists today. The face value of this stamp is 50 cowries. This stamp was first made in 1895
1. Inverted Jenny
The inverted Jenny is also known as the Upside Down Jenny or Jenny Invert. It is a US stamp that was issued in 1918. The face value of the stamp is 24 cents. It also had an invert error and the image of Curtiss JN-4 air plane was printed inverted due to an error. Only 100 of these stamps were printed. In 2007 one of the stamps was sold for $825,000. Reports also say that a block of 4 such stamps were sold for $2.7 million.