British Commonwealth Stamps

“The Sun never sets on the British Empire!” was the old colonial adage but all things come to an end. Stamp collecting has an incredible legacy with collectors from every corner of the globe being able to enjoy a breadth of designs and styles as diverse as the old Empire itself. From the Dhows sailing off Aden to a Polar supply vessel steaming toward the Falkland Islands and from Turtles on the beach at Ascension Island to the Camel Postmen of Sudan in the baking desert heat, the stamps are bound by Monarchs, a few currencies and in most cases just a few major printers who’s workmanship was rarely surpassed. The modern Commonwealth of Nations with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at its head continues to bind, in a wholly different way so many of the old British colonies alongside a number of others who's history never included British colonization. Her stamps include the world’s rarest, the British Guiana 1856 1c black on magenta which last sold for over £6,000,000, and I would also argue many of the world's most beautiful stamps, but perhaps I’m biased…

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