Hospice to gain from sale of rare stamps

Caroline Hawley from Hawleys Auctioneers and Valuers

Caroline Hawley from Hawleys Auctioneers and Valuers

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A Beverley auctioneers is hoping to make big money for a local charity next month with the sale of a collection of rare stamps.

Hawleys Auctioneers and valuers in North Bar Within are hoping the stamp collection could raise in excess of £4,000 for Martin House Hospice, when they go to auction on 9 February.

One of the stamps by itself is considered so rare it is expected to reach around £2,000.

That stamp, a Jamaican 5 Shilling, was one issued to countries within the commonwealth and has an extremely unusual perforated edge, which appeals to collectors.

John Hawley, from Hawleys Auctioneers, said: “These stamps were donated by a woman who brought in her father’s collection and wanted the money to go to Martin House Hospice.

“I don’t think she knew the value of the collection when she brought it in but she has since found out and is still very happy for the money to go to the hospice.

“There are 12 books of stamps altogether and it’s not just the Jamaican 5 Shilling that is valuable, there’s a book of stamps from the silver wedding which we hope could reach £5-600 too.

“I’ve never seen a collection like this before, sometimes you get stamps that seem special but they don’t turn out to be valuable but this collection is different. I have had a lot of interest from all over the country and even as far away as South Africa.”

The stamps will go to auction on Sunday 9 February at Beverley Racecourse, starting at 11am.

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