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...

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Every now and again, I like to look at my stamps - so much more rewarding than a share certificate! When I get more money to invest, Stanley Gibbons will be my first port of call.

Nick S (Investor)

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.

DP, Singapore (Investor)

A few years ago (2004) you put together a portfolio of stamps for me (approx £14,000 in value). I recently had them valued and they have increased to a pleasing degree. I am aware that this increase is due to a large degree to the quality of the stamps that you selected. I therefore wanted to drop you a quick email to express my thanks.

G.B. United Kingdom (Investor)

Diversifying your holdings will protect you from blips... Since the crash in 2008, the high-cross correlation of assets-where investors hold the same assets multiple times - has made true risk diversification extremely challenging for the retail investor... In the current uncertain economic climate, diversification is paramount. Putting all your investments in one basket is a sure-fire way to get egg on your face.

Yogesh Chandarana, City A.M.