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Classic sets and stamps

Classic stamps are often the anchor for well-rounded collections – and you'll find a range to choose from here. We feature mint stamps, cancelled stamps, FDC, souvenir sheets and much more.

The first stamp in the world

The first stamp in the world called “One Penny Black” was released in the UK in 1840. The inventor was Sir Rowland Hill, who was an English teacher, inventor and social reformer.
It was his comprehensive postal reform, the concept of unity postage and prepayment of postage that enabled safe, fast and cheap distribution of letters. Hill is considered the originator of the basic concept of modern postal administrations and the invention of the stamp.

In subsequent years, a large number of countries began to issue stamps as a payment method for distribution of letters and packages. Some examples 1849: Belgium, France, 1850: Switzerland, Spain and Austria, 1851: Denmark, 1852: Holland, 1853: Portugal, 1855: Norway and Sweden, 1856: Finland, 1860: Poland, 1873: Iceland, 1879: Bulgaria, 1885: Monaco.

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