The Queen’s Stamp Collection Is Worth a Whopping £100 Million

by Jeremy Spirogis
Queen Elizabeth II smiling wearing a pink suit

Queen Elizabeth II has many hobbies. Although she’s well-known for her fondness of Corgis and breeding racehorses, the 94-year-old monarch has one other means she likes to spend her free time and that’s accumulating stamps. A stamp fanatic, the queen’s assortment has grow to be often called top-of-the-line on the planet. Ahead, discover out extra about Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinarily helpful stamp assortment. 

The queen has by no means wanted cash — she has an estimated web price of $470 million — however she may actually unload gadgets in her treasured stamp assortment if it ever got here to that. According to The Telegraph per The Sun, consultants evaluated the queen’s spectacular stamp assortment and estimated its price to be £100 Million or about $124 million. 

Queen Elizabeth II smiling wearing a pink suit
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Collecting stamps is a royal household custom

The queen’s stamp assortment, or the Royal Philatelic Collection as it’s identified, has been handed down by generations within the British royal household making it much more distinctive. Initially began by Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh in 1864, King George V picked up the interest and grew the gathering adopted by King George VI, in response to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. 

Now within the palms of Queen Elizabeth, the gathering has grow to be a shining instance of Britain’s historical past. The stamp assortment is comprised of a whole lot of containers and albums all color-coded by monarch; pink for King George V, blue for King George VI, and inexperienced for Queen Elizabeth. 

Why is the queen’s stamp assortment so helpful? 

In quick, Queen Elizabeth II’s stamp assortment is price a lot cash as a result of it’s stuffed with uncommon, helpful, and historic stamps referring to the British Commonwealth and the United Kingdom.

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Among her prized assortment is supposedly a Mauritian stamp price a staggering £2 million or almost $2.5 million. While it’s unclear whether or not or not the queen nonetheless has the stamp in her assortment, the stamp went on show in 2002 to mark her Golden Jubilee. Why is that this single stamp price hundreds of thousands? Because it marked the primary stamp issued by a colonial post workplace, in response to The Sun. 

In her possession, the queen has bought off sure items within the assortment to make room for others. According to The Sun, she bought gadgets and used the income to buy a uncommon set of 10 Penny Black stamps from 1840. How a lot did they value? £250,000 or upwards of $310,000. 

Although the queen’s stamp assortment is among the most prized on the planet, it’s lacking the world’s most well-known stamp. Queen Elizabeth doesn’t personal the 1856 One-Cent Magenta from British Guiana. Only one on the planet, shoe designer Stuart Weitzman purchased the stamp for $9.eight million in 2015, in response to The New York Times. 

Queen Elizabeth is pleased with her stamp assortment, likes to indicate it off 

Regularly stored in vaults at St. James Palace, the queen likes to indicate it off occasionally. According to a Fabulous Digital interview with royal knowledgeable, Phil Dampier, Queen Elizabeth enjoys giving Buckingham Palace friends a have a look at her stamp assortment. 

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“It is one of her pride and joys, not only because she owns some of the world’s most valuable stamps, but also because she has built on a family treasure and feels she has done her father and previous monarchs who owned it proud.” 

Surely, Queen Elizabeth will proceed to broaden her stamp assortment earlier than one other member of the royal household, in all probability her oldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales who’s first within the line of succession, inherits the gathering. 

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