Does anybody collect the Golden Replica type stamps?

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Does anybody collect the Golden Replica type stamps?

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Does anybody here collect gold replica stamps?

I know they're not real stamps, and they're not worth any money value...but they sure look good.


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Sorry Kellie, but no. You may be interested to learn that a good number of countries have issued gold foil stamps! These are supposedly postally valid in their country of issue, but most, I suspect, will never be used as they probably were issued by an agent overseas.

Now try to collect these postally used!!!

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Out of curiosity - who issued the covers?

They do look good.

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I don’t collect them but have certainly seen them. They were produced in boatloads during the stamp bubble back in the 1980s by the Postal Commemorative Society and similar outfits and sold to unsuspecting newcomers with the expectation that they would net a handsome return someday. Sadly that day never arrived and those items can now be found for a mere fraction of what they were originally purchased for.

Having said that, if you like them and want to collect them you certainly may and owe no explanation to anybody. You could amass a lot of them for very little money and if they bring you pleasure that’s what the hobby is for. Just be cognizant of the fact that it will be difficult or impossible to sell them later should you ever want to.

I don’t know how large your stamp collector community is in Crockett but if you have the opportunity to visit a stamp show in Houston or Dallas and ask around it wouldn’t surprise me if someone is happy to give you some for free. (Although you likely would have to wait until the next show since dealers won’t normally bring these to shows as there is no profit in them.) Check the Texas Stamp Dealers Association website for dates and locations.

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David Smitham wrote:
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Sorry Kellie, but no. You may be interested to learn that a good number of countries have issued gold foil stamps! These are supposedly postally valid in their country of issue, but most, I suspect, will never be used as they probably were issued by an agent overseas.

Now try to collect these postally used!!!

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As far as I know some countries, maybe Bhutan and the like, issued postally valid gold foil stamps. But just for clarification the replica stamps produced in the USA anyway are not and never were postally valid.

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I have been after the GB replicas for the last couple of months. They were issued for every stamp set from 1980 to Xmas 1984. As I don't collect covers, I remove the stamps and add them to my stock book alongside the actual stamp. I have most of the sets now, except :-
SG 1183-86 British Theatre
SG 1253 Economic Summit
SG 1258-62 Royal Mail Coaches
SG 1267-71 Xmas 1984

If anyone has these for sale I would be happy to buy them
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The covers are pretty indeed, so why not collect them if you can buy them for pennies! Just be aware that all elements except the stamp and postmark are philatelically worthless.

As has been suggested, an advanced and very worthwhile effort would be to collect exotic gold foil stamps on postally used covers. Agency issues or not, they were generally valid for postage and some were actually sold locally. However, many of these stamps have only a gold-coloured, metallic, embossed surface. (Any decent professional printer can work with such raw material.) The surface is not necessarily genuine gold, so it does not look as classy as the real metal.

Another gold item to avoid like the plague are replicas of classical stamps made of actual gold (or silver), much thicker than the paper-thin gold foil. These are not official coins, but private medals. They, too, are pretty to look at but absurdly overpriced. Check the weight and gold content of each item and you often discover they contain maybe 1 gram of gold, but are sold for the equivalent of a half ounce gold coin.

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Another gold item to avoid like the plague are replicas of classical stamps made of actual gold (or silver), much thicker than the paper-thin gold foil. These are not official coins, but private medals. They, too, are pretty to look at but absurdly overpriced. Check the weight and gold content of each item and you often discover they contain maybe 1 gram of gold, but are sold for the equivalent of a half ounce gold coin.

Some of them are just 1cm in size and a thin 1mm thick! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Australia offered a superb set of 25 different they sold for $100 each, 30 or 40 years back. 8-)

Really THICK, polished silver proofs exact size of issued stamps - Sterling silver and 24 carat gold plated.

I bought some that I am selling for $A45! ($US30) Superb looking things all in original packaging.

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Very nice to look at. Minting quality just like a proper coin.

Not a good investment, though. A stamp-sized piece of silver, 2 mm thick, is probably the weight of a medium-sized circulation coin, so 10 grams maybe? The 1 square cm, 1 mm midgets you mentioned probably weigh 2 grams. Silver is worth 22 US$ per ounce (31 g) today.

(I will now shut up and stand in a corner for a while, embarrassed, while crying over thousands of $ "invested" in dead stock of pre-euro western European MNH stamps of the 1970s to 1990s...)

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Well if you think this massive thing has the same weight and size of a ''medium sized circulating coin'' you are of course entitled to your opinion. :)

And last time I looked coins were circular - containing a TON lot less bullion than anything square. :mrgreen: :idea:


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The presentation of these gold/silver replicas can be superb. Yes they charged a fortune to original buyers, but buying on the secondary market makes them just as attractive. :D

I put this into stock this week, in a superb satin silk and velvet lined hard library/coffee table box - own your own USA 24c Inverted Jenny in BULLION!



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"THE WORLD'S GREATEST AIRMAIL STAMPS” Superb Sterling Silver Proofs: The International Society of Postmasters superb production, comprising 25 stamp-sized Sterling Silver ingots, classily displayed in a silk and velvet lined hard and expensive hard presentation case with metal clasps. Superbly engraved and produced, high grade proof impressions of the CLASSIC Airmail issues from the inverted Jenny down. Ingots weight is 343 grams alone - over a third of a KILO, so silver melt value is clearly many $100s alone! Cost original buyer several times this. $A565 or about $US400 (Stock 836LA)
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gregbear61 wrote:
21 Sep 2021 17:54
Out of curiosity - who issued the covers?

They do look good.
They were in my grandfather's collection...came from Kenmore stamp company. I've got 3 albums full of them. Golden replicas of US classic stamps, golden replicas of British stamps, and golden replicas of US 1984 Olympics.

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chaddy wrote:
21 Sep 2021 18:29
I have been after the GB replicas for the last couple of months. They were issued for every stamp set from 1980 to Xmas 1984. As I don't collect covers, I remove the stamps and add them to my stock book alongside the actual stamp. I have most of the sets now, except :-
SG 1183-86 British Theatre
SG 1253 Economic Summit
SG 1258-62 Royal Mail Coaches
SG 1267-71 Xmas 1984

If anyone has these for sale I would be happy to buy them
Too bad you don't need x-mas of 1983..lol
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Ingots weight is 343 grams alone - over a third of a KILO, so silver melt value is clearly many $100s alone! Cost original buyer several times this. $A565 or about $US400 (Stock 836LA)[/i][/size][/i]

So worth US$ 246 melt value, if it is pure silver.

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Kelliegirl, I have a dozen or so of these that you can have if you want them. I don't really collect covers so they are just in a box with other random items that I acquired over the years.

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I don't really collect them. They were in my inherited collection...and there are quite a few. I was just wondering about them being I never saw anybody posting about them. I now know why. But thank you anyways 😎

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chaddy wrote:
21 Sep 2021 18:29
I have been after the GB replicas for the last couple of months. They were issued for every stamp set from 1980 to Xmas 1984. As I don't collect covers, I remove the stamps and add them to my stock book alongside the actual stamp. I have most of the sets now, except :-
SG 1183-86 British Theatre
SG 1253 Economic Summit
SG 1258-62 Royal Mail Coaches
SG 1267-71 Xmas 1984

If anyone has these for sale I would be happy to buy them
Chaddy...I found these ...if you want them, let me know...
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Chaddy..I found these too..if your interested..
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These are all 1984
These are all 1984

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