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U.K. King Edward 8th Stamps
On 20 January 1936, on the death of his father, King George V, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, came to the throne as King Edward the Eighth. The first stamps with his portrait (½d, 1½d, 2½d) were issued on 1 September, with the 1d value following on 14 September. King Edward 8 abdicated the throne on 10 December 1936. He later took up the title of Duke of Windsor.
Many members of the public believe that these stamps will be valuable, probably because he abdicated and that the stamps therefore were only on sale for a relatively short time. This unfortunately is not the case; the stamps are very common, and of only very low value.
In the same way that it took several months from the death of George V until the new monarch's stamps were available, it was also several months from the abdication until the availability of the first George VI stamps. In fact, Edward 8th stamps were still being dispensed from stamp machines until the very beginning of 1938. As the standard postage stamps of the period, they were sold in large numbers.
To make these even more common than other similar stamps, after the abdication many people made a point of keeping them, believing that they would become valuable. As it was five months from the date he abdicated until the George 6th stamps went on sale, there was ample opportunity for hoarding. So in fact probably a larger percentage of these stamps survived than of his father's or brother's stamps.
Murray Stamp Shop
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