GB Stamps | Great britain stamp collections

The Stamps and Postal History of Great Britain

One of the world's most popular stamp collecting fields is that of GB Stamps, both individually and as Stamp collections, probably because of the historic background and story of their origin. Rowland Hill's reform, introduced in 1839-40 changed communications for ever, the most significant contribution being that a uniform postage rate should apply to all parts of the kingdom, increments of cost being dependent on the weight of the item and not the distance travelled with payment being made by the sender. This led to the introduction of a brilliantly simple devise, the world’s first postage stamp, the so-called Penny Black, issued on 6 May 1840. To this day Great Britain does not put the name of the country on her stamps, a portrait of the monarch being seen as enough, and as the issuers of the first postage stamp this is an accepted international convention.

Philatelists will often collect the entire period from 1840 onwards, the most popular stamp albums being those produced by Stanley Gibbons, the “Windsor” series being the most comprehensive of the specially- printed albums. Other stamp collectors might choose to collect their philatelically favourite reigns whether it is of Queen Victoria 1840 - 1901; King Edward VII 1901 - 1910; King George V 1910 – 1936; King Edward VIII 1936; King George VI 1936 – 1952 or Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to the present day.

Great Britain stamps have long been appreciated and collected the world over. Some of the most popular GB stamps include the QV Penny Reds, the Edward VII and George V definitive issues in their myriad shades, the superbly engraved 'Seahorses' the 1929 PUC £1 and even the long running QEII Machin issues, in use for over 50 years to date.

Collectors of GB stamps will often subscribe to the Post Office new issues service, whilst continuing to obtain older stamps. There are areas of great specialization with many outstanding books and catalogues to aid the philatelist, often published by Stanley Gibbons, and containing the sum of years of diligent research by generations of philatelists. If there is a specific area you would like to specialise in please let us know.