Own the 150 year old stamps that began stamp collecting...
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Own the 150 year old stamps that began stamp collecting...

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Own the 150 year old stamps that began stamp collecting...

Today you can own the complete 150-year old original set of stamps that propelled Stanley Gibbons from a small shop in Plymouth to the most famous stamp dealers in the world...

The Legendary Cape Triangulars

Having already built the foundation of his small stamp business in Plymouth during the 1850's, Edward Stanley Gibbons was unexpectedly offered the opportunity to purchase a kit bag full of the Cape of Good Hope triangular stamps from two returning sailors in 1863.

They were exotic and different, both in terms of the fact they had originated from a far-flung part of the British Empire, but also in the fact that triangular postal stamps had never been seen before. They captured the imagination of the public and continue to do so to this day.

A true philatelic first.

These were the first ever triangular stamps to be issued anywhere in the world - a true philatelic first. Only 13 years previously the Penny Black had become the world's first postal stamp - and just over a decade later, these triangular shaped stamps were quite literally changing the shape of the postage stamp. 

In all, four values of the Cape Triangular stamps were issued between 1853 and 1864. A comparatively short period of time in the 174 years of the adhesive postal stamp.

As some of the most sought-after stamps in the world, every collector, given the opportunity, should secure at least one example of these ground-breaking stamps.

Just 19 available.

Over 150 years since they were last issued, you now have the enviable opportunity to own a complete collection of all four of these desirable philatelic firsts.

We have managed to track down just 19 sets - secure yours now.

Order Ref 185/R893/0

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Price £395.00 (+ £4.99 p&p)


  • Denominations: One Penny, Four Pence, Six Pence, One Shilling
  • Housed in a wooden Presentation Case, with an information card and certificate
  • Protected by an acrylic case

Numismatic pieces should be owned primarily for collector interest.
The Westminster Collection does not offer them as an investment and makes no guarantees in terms of future value.