StampNes.com got to know that rare stamps have increased their value for the las 45 years. This statement was made by Stanley Gibbons, a London-based dealer of collectible stamps. He has said that the index tracking prices of the 30 rarest stamps has risen in value for the 45th year in a row.
The overall growth of the index is just 10 per cent over the last five years, Stanley Gibbons said, although the 10-year performance is a more impressive 121 per cent.
This compares to 73 per cent growth in the value of the S&P 500 index of leading US equities.
Another Stanley Gibbons index that tracks the prices of the 250 rarest stamps has risen 166 per cent in value over the last decade.
Within that GB250 index, the best performing stamp by price is the Sg440d, a 1935 1d scarlet with a double impression.
The growth of stamp prices has been fueled by keen interest from Chinese investors, who are also keen collectors of art and wine.
Managing Director of Stanley Gibbons Investments, Keith Heddle, said:
The indices show steady, sustained and sustainable growth in British stamps. Tangible, heritage assets now increasingly form part of a balanced portfolio. As we continue to see economic uncertainty, uncorrelated alternative assets such as rare stamps and coins are being sought to buffer market volatility. 175 years on from the introduction of the Penny Black, the world's first stamp, the role of stamps may have changed somewhat, but they can still pack a punch when it comes to wealth preservation.
They're also quite handy for posting letters.
The group compiles its indices based on the prices of stamps in its own catalogue, which it says is the standard reference work for British philately.