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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...

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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.

Joanna Pitman, The Spectator, 4 August 2007

Rare stamps post big profits. Finally, now that they have been given the seal of approval of Bill Gross, a Wall Street bond-trading tycoon, stamps can never again be written off as a schoolboy pastime.

Magnus Grimmond, The Times, 30 December 2006

A sensible alternative. Investing in fine wines, stamps, works of art and other alternatives can be hugely rewarding. Stamps can prove a very lucrative investment.

Bill Bows, Investors Chronicle, 9 May 2003

It is not just the good returns that attract me, though they are excellent. But mainly, it is the personal attention, the decency and openness of yourself and other SG staff, that is so refreshing and such a marked contrast to what I have sadly experienced in "conventional" banks and investment firms. I am delighted that I found SG six years ago. I obviously regret not putting all my cash into SG back then as I would now be a wealthier and happier man. 

William C, Investor