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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Stamp Investment Tip: Panama 1964 Cathedrals Issue (Scott #C300-21,C321a)

In 1964, Panama issued a handsome engraved airmail set and souvenir sheet picturing famous churches, and commemorating the 21st Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church (Scott #C300-21, C321a). 20,000 sets and 17,500 souvenir sheets were issued, and Scott '11 prices them unused at $50.00 and $15.00, respectively.

I favor both the set and the souvenir sheet, as they have multiple market appeal among collectors of Panama, Latin America in general, and Religion topicals. As with all Latin American stamps, there are many collectors who focus on the region as a whole, which supplements demand for the stamps of the individual countries.

A nation of 3.4 million people, Panama is the fastest growing economy and the largest per capita consumer in Central America. Panama's economy, because of its key geographic location, is mainly based on a well developed service sector heavily weighted towards banking, commerce, tourism, trading. The handover of the Canal and military installations by the United States has given rise to large construction projects. Tourism has grown rapidly during the past 5 years due to the government offering tax and price discounts to foreign guests and retirees. The country also has valuable copper and gold deposits, which are beginning to be developed. Annual GDP growth has averaged over 7% over the last 5 years.

I have begun a new blog, "The Stamp Specialist", which will feature my buy prices for stamps which I am interested in purchasing. I've just posted a buy list for Panama, including the set and souvenir sheet recommended in this article. Viewing dealers' buy lists every now and then is an excellent way to keep current on the vagaries of the stamp market.


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