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Stanley Gibbons is world-renowned as the leading name and global market leader in stamp collecting, rare stamps and other heritage collectibles. In essence, what we don't know about rare stamps probably isn't worth knowing.

Established in 1856 by Edward Stanley Gibbons, we were awarded the Royal Warrant in 1914 by King George V for services to philately. It's an honour that we still hold proudly today by continuing to serve the Royal household. It requires us to trade annually with them and provide a level of consistent quality, integrity and expertise in order to be re-awarded the Warrant.

What that means for you is that you can rely on over 150 years experience and skill in appraising, buying, describing and selling stamps.

In today's uncertain times and ever-changing world, trust, security and expertise cannot be underestimated and they are fundamentally important when looking after you and your wealth.

When it comes to investing with us, to be clear, we are not a 'financial business' or 'investment house' - we are, if you like, the expert 'stock pickers' for rare stamps, rare coins and rare manuscripts. We pick only the best and the genuine and only the ones that we believe will maintain and increase in value over time due to their rarity, desirability and condition. Read more...

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I am a strong believer in asset diversification and consider collectibles to be a part of a truly diversified portfolio. This acquisition fits wonderfully within this section of my portfolio. I am confident this iconic stamp, as history has shown, will prove non-correllative to other asset classes and will be a valuable portfolio contributor for me and my children.

Anonymous investor, Australasia

As a result of my visit to Guernsey, I was duly impressed that my investment was safe and handled by very competent individuals. I am convinced that the best investment portfolio is one that's diversified with a mix of traditional and alternative investments held both inside and outside the U.S.

Michael Checkan, President of Asset Strategies International 22 Sept 2011

Pimco's Bill Gross may have turned bearish on bonds, but he's still bullish about the stamp market after auctioning off his collection of rare British stamps for $9.1m (£4.6m) on Monday, a haul that was double the pre-sale estimate and almost four times what he paid for them.

Simon Goodley, The Telegraph 13 June 2007

Rare stamps offer a triple play of diversification, stability and significant upside protential. Rare stamps have little correlation to any publicly traded securities market. They are thankfully immune from the vagaries of the stock marketings, offering slow steady returns over time. And like the Energizer bunny, the price of rare stamps just keeps going and going - consistently appreciating in value.

Nicholas Vardy, CFA, nasdaq.com, 25 June 2014