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


Queen Elizabeth II has many hobbies. Though she’s well-known for her fondness of Corgis and breeding racehorses, the 94-year-old monarch has one other manner she likes to spend her free time and that’s amassing stamps. A stamp fanatic, the queen’s assortment has develop into generally known as among the best on the earth. Forward, discover out extra about Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinarily worthwhile stamp assortment. 

The queen has by no means wanted cash — she has an estimated net worth of $470 million — however she may definitely dump gadgets in her treasured stamp assortment if it ever got here to that. Based on The Telegraph per The Sun, specialists evaluated the queen’s spectacular stamp assortment and estimated its value to be £100 Million or about $124 million. 

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Accumulating stamps is a royal household custom

The queen’s stamp assortment, or the Royal Philatelic Collection as it’s recognized, has been handed down via 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 passion and grew the gathering adopted by King George VI, in accordance with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Now within the fingers of Queen Elizabeth, the gathering has develop into a shining instance of Britain’s historical past. The stamp assortment is comprised of a whole bunch of packing containers and albums all color-coded by monarch; purple for King George V, blue for King George VI, and inexperienced for Queen Elizabeth. 

Why is the queen’s stamp assortment so worthwhile? 

Briefly, Queen Elizabeth II’s stamp assortment is value a lot cash as a result of it’s full of uncommon, worthwhile, and historic stamps referring to the British Commonwealth and the UK.

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Amongst her prized assortment is supposedly a Mauritian stamp value a staggering £2 million or practically $2.5 million. Whereas 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 value tens of millions? As a result of it marked the primary stamp issued by a colonial publish workplace, in accordance with The Solar. 

In her possession, the queen has bought off sure items within the assortment to make room for others. Based on The Solar, she bought gadgets and used the earnings 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. 

Though the queen’s stamp assortment is among the most prized on the earth, it’s missing the world’s most famous stamp. Queen Elizabeth doesn’t personal the 1856 One-Cent Magenta from British Guiana. Just one on the earth, shoe designer Stuart Weitzman purchased the stamp for $9.eight million in 2015, in accordance with The New York Times

Queen Elizabeth is happy with her stamp assortment, likes to point out it off 

Commonly stored in vaults at St. James Palace, the queen likes to point out it off once in a while. Based on a Fabulous Digital interview with royal knowledgeable, Phil Dampier, Queen Elizabeth enjoys giving Buckingham Palace company a take a look at her stamp assortment. 

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“It’s one in every of her delight and joys, not solely as a result of she owns a number of the world’s most respected stamps, but additionally as a result of she has constructed on a household treasure and feels she has completed her father and former monarchs who owned it proud.” 

Absolutely, Queen Elizabeth will proceed to develop 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 collection