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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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Prices of old stamps are rising at perhaps 15 per cent a year, but the modern issues are growing at more than 100 per cent as clients speculate that values will continue to rise. Like all speculative investments, international clients are coming in to benefit from the market. The biggest buyer this weekend was a London investor who bought more than HK$2m (£165,000). It's not just mainland Chinese.

Mr Louis Mangin, Director of Zurich Asia, talking to the Telegraph about Chinese stamps

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."

The Economic Times, 17 January 2011

Investors' eyes light up for cigars, wine and stamps.

Edmund Tirbutt, The Sunday Times

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