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i have 3 22ct. gold stamps from postal commerative society they are each in its own envelop stamped with a window displaying the stamp with red felt backing arkansas statehood george washington and jack london is there any value

Hi John,
  No, these are not of any great value.  Sorry to say.  The "Postal Commemorative Society" has nothing to do with the USPS or any of the other credible philatelic bodies (like American Philatelic Society (APS) or the Philatelic Foundation (PF)), rather they market "collectibles" to people.  The "22c" gold in the replica stamp is so minimal that there is very little value (pennies) in the gold itself.  The First Day cover that it is attached to is a modern cover, also of low value.  I assume this is the 100th anniversary of Arkansas as a state (1936).  This stamp on it's own has a value of 35cents.  On a First Day Cover (FDC)if it is postmarked with Little Rock, AK then it has a value of $13 (not bad, most FDC's of that era are of little value), if it's postmarked from Washington DC (June 6) it is valued at $1.25.  The gold stamp is maybe a $1 to a collector of such "PCS" material.
Wish I had better news for you.
Best regards,

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My expertise is in US, but I have a lot of exposure to worldwide, and with wide reference material, I will do what I can to answer questions about global stamps. In US I have extensive experience in all aspects (does include Administrative overprints for Cuba, China, Puerto Rico etc.). Also, Hawaii general issue and Revenue (pre-statehood). Of course still building knowledge but have been collecting since 1980. Air Mail is a favorite area, but not a limitation. Two specialty areas are Large Banknote issues, and Washington/Franklin identification. Strong experience in Carrier & Locals, Private Die (Also known as M&M for "Match & Medicine" but also includes some playing card and perfume stamp issues.) Recently have been building more back-of-book experience, especially around Official, Newspaper, Revenue and tax editions. Some covers, and cancellations, but not my strong suit. Another area I'm recently diving into. What I can't do: Anything non-US, as it's just not an area I focus on.


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