Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stamp Investment Tip: Falkland Islands 1948 Silver Wedding (Scott #99-100)

The Falkland Islands, an archipelago in the South Atlantic off the coast of Argentina, is a self-governing territory of the United Kingdom. While Falkland Islanders comprise a tiny but very affluent population of about 3,000, from a philatelic investment perspective, the Falklands are of interest because they appeal to both British Commonwealth and Antarctic territories collectors.

In 1948, the Falklands issued a set of two stamps celebrating the Silver Wedding of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother). The set (Scott #99-100) is one of the scarcest of the Silver Wedding Omnibus issues, as only 5,000 were issued, and Scott '10 values it unused at $ 111.25 . As a popular topic for British Commonwealth collectors, it's hard to beat the Royal Family, with a stick, sceptre, or other appropriately heavy object, and banking on such loyalty can pay interest.


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