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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stamp Investment Tip: Vatican 1948 Archangel Raphael and Tobias Airmails (Scott #C16-17)

In 1948, the Vatican issued a set of two airmail stamps picturing the Archangel Raphael and Tobias (Scott #C16-17). The design was based upon the Francesco Botticini's painting "Archangel Michael with Archangels Raphael and Gabriel, as They Accompany Tobias." 45,000 sets were issued, and Scott '12 prices the unused set at $440.00 ($640.- for NH) .

Though in a sense, all Vatican stamps are of special interest to Catholic collectors, this set's subject enhances its appeal as a combined Religion and Art Topical. Purchasing it could have an angelic effect on your stamp portfolio.

Stamps of the Vatican appeal to both collectors of Italy and Area in general as well as Vatican in particular. Better Vatican items in general should do well as the number of Catholic stamp collectors increases worldwide, especially since many live in emerging market countries.

Those interested in learning about investing in stamps should read the Guide to Philatelic Investing ($5), available on Kindle and easily accessible from any computer.

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