Brunei $25 stamp 1910

Yesterday, I was off to Gadong during lunchtime and drop into my friend who deals with antique books. I was not expecting to buy anything but normally just have a quick look around at whatever new that he has got. Maybe I shouldn't say new. Whatever old things that he managed to acquire recently.

When I was there he showed me these 4 stamps:-

These stamps were issued for the Brunei Postal Authorities in 1910, almost 100 years ago. They are part of the 1908 series.

$25 was a lot of money in those days. In those days even 1/4 cents can still purchase something, so what more $25. It could be a senior executive's monthly salary. Nobody can afford to buy those stamps. But these stamps are not just used for postage but they are also used for revenues that is stamp duties etc.

But here's the thing. I managed to get a single $25 stamp about two years ago, in much less perfect condition and I had to pay good money for it:-

These four are perfect. They are worth more than what I paid for the single one.

Believe it or not, the catalogue value for one of this stamp is $1,500 each. Those 4 stamps are worth $6,000. And these came in four, that would again add to the value of the stamps. When I saw them, my eyes went wide. But luckily too, people don't sell stamps based on catalogue values. Nevertheless these 4 are now sitting safely in my safe.


ungkayah said…
bwahahahah! congrats SIR!! =D

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