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The biggest definitive series to appear in one year was the 1938 American Presidential series that was made up of 32 denominations – ranging from 1/2 cent to $5. The values portrayed each of the then 29 Presidents from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge. Any US…
The 75th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2001 provided Gibraltar with the idea of producing the world’s fastest stamp design. In fact, from design to delivery, the celebratory miniature sheet for the monarch’s landmark birthday took just 10 hours and 24 minutes. At…
The largest collections of philately held in museums are in the Smithsonian Institute (which houses the US National Postal Museum) in Washington DC, USA, and the British Library in London. In fact, both claim to have the largest collection and it is not clear as to…
The longest running international postal service was operated by the Counts of Thurn and Taxis from 1450 until 1871 – a total of 421 years. The service originated in 1450 when the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick III, employed Roger de Tassis to extend the existing…
Colombia is the stamp-issuing country that has utilised the most printers – 31 different printing firms have handled the printing of its stamps since 1859. Amongst the famous printing firms which have produced stamps for Colombia are the American Bank Note Company, Perkins Bacon, Courvoisier of…
The world’s newest stamp issuer is the state of East Timor which gained independence in 2002 and issued a set of four stamps on May 20, 2002. Design and printing of the stamps – a process worth around $150,000 AUS – was done free by Australia…
The person who has appeared on most stamps is Sir Winston Churchill, who has been the subject of at least 474 stamps. Following his death in 1965 there was a spate of Churchill memorial issues, and in 1974 there was a further slew of issues to…