Oscar Roty, an emblematic character for philatelists and numismatists.

All collectors of French coins or stamps know the name of Oscar Roty to whom we owe “la Semeuse” (the Sower). Used on millions of stamps and coins, the Sower is one of the greatest French muses after Marianne.

September 3, 2020

One-Cent Magenta: the World’s Most Expensive Stamp

The story of the One-cent Magenta began in British Guiana. British Guiana (which became an independent nation from Guyana in 1966), as its name suggests, had been an English colony since 1796. This territory is the only Commonwealth state in South America.

April 16, 2020

Hawaiian Missionaries: stamps that lead to crime…

The first American missionaries arrived in Hawaii around 1820. They sent letters to the United States. The Hawaiian government created its first post office in 1849, and printed its first stamps two years later. Given their use, the stamps were called “Hawaiian Missionaries”. They had a face value of 2 cents, 5 cents and 13 cents. The stamps we discuss below are extremely rare.

August 14, 2018