Who We Are - Our Heritage, Your Future
The experts since 1856
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...
Our Investment Products - Peace of mind investment options for you
Flexible Investment Trading Portfolio
Our most popular product. Invest with absolute flexibility and no minimum holding period plus top up your portfolio when you choose.
If you don't want to be tied in to a long term contract and want to enjoy the opportunity to trade your stamps or top up at any time then the FTP is for you. No previous stamp knowledge is required, and your only decision is when to sell and whether to re-invest your investment returns with us. Interestingly, in Asia, more than 90% of customers have already topped up their portfolio...
Capital Growth Plan
The Capital Growth Plan investment is ideal if you are looking for the ultimate in hassle-free investing for the medium to long term. It's a classic 'buy and hold' product, where you choose your spread of options at the outset for maximum diversification, rare stamps, rare coins or manuscripts - or any combination of the three - and then we lock your portfolio away for a fixed term. Safe, secure and fully insured at our cost. If history is anything to go by, portfolio growth will be untroubled by the ups and downs in other markets, leaving you to concern yourself with your other investments and getting on with life...
Premium Portfolio Builder
Our Premium Portfolio Builder service offers you the perfect way to build a stamp collection with long term investment potential. With the lowest entry level, you will still benefit from some exit options normally only offered to larger investment clients.
Potentially, the Premium Portfolio Builder is also an excellent vehicle for retirement or legacy planning since it allows you to build your portfolio over time, managing your budget as you go...
We are increasingly managing significant portfolios for clients, wealth managers and Family Offices. If you have over £1 Million to invest, we can create bespoke options for you.
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.
Apart from the obvious point of portfolio diversification, the fascination of owning something of which there may only be half a dozen examples in the world is very powerful. And so long as Man's obsession with collecting things continues, the laws of supply and demand will ensure that rare stamps continue to appreciate in value over the long term.
Rare and desirable stamps in good condition can make impressive investments-curiously the upward gradient of stamp indices has never correlated with the more familiar indices for shares or house prices, nor with those for art or wine.
If you have some spare cash and you don't like the look of the stock markets this summer, now might be a good time to retrieve your childhood stamp album from the attic and revisit a hobby that could bring you handsome returns.
No wonder financial advisers suggest adding stamps to an investor's portfolio. Investments in rare stamps can fetch annual returns of over 45%. On average, rare stamps have given returns of about 10-15% a year in recent years. They have given steady returns and occassionally (as in 2008) beaten the Sensex."