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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Stamp Investment Tip: Panama 1938 U.S. Constitution Anniversary (Scott #317-21, C49-53)

  In 1938, Panama celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution by issuing a compound set of ten stamps (Scott #317-21, C49-53). 10,000 sets were issued, and Scott '13 prices the unused set at $22.45 .

 The set is grossly undervalued, given its potential appeal to U.S. collectors, as well as the fact that many were probably used as postage and discarded. 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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