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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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

If I can't trust a company that deals with the Queen, who can I trust?

D Rogers, Investor

I have been a very satisfied Stanley Gibbons investment customer for over 5 years.

Mr J Bochneak, March 2013

Stanley Gibbons' Guaranteed Minimum Return Contracts must be the investment equivalent of relaxing in front of an open fire, sipping a fine cognac, contemplating your collection of rare Victorian stamps - while all around you are losing their heads, as the markets crash and burn!

Andrew Merricks, Skerritt Consultants Ltd