Stamps (Philately)/gold stamp

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My mother in law is nagging about a 1917 gold stamp that she had that is now missing. She seems to think it's worth a large amount of money, and since she 96 there's no arguing with her. Do you know the value , of such an item? Is it worth tearing the house apart to look for it?

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Hi Laura,
  When you say "1917 Gold Stamp" do you mean the stamp is a replica of a stamp from 1917 made out of gold leaf, and if so, when was that made (if you are aware).
  There are no "gold stamps" in US philately (at least that are actually made of gold...)  There have been a number of replica "gold stamps" which are not actually stamps at all, but made to resemble prior US stamps, and embossed in gold leaf.  These have minimal value, around 50c as they do not contain large amounts of gold.  The makers (more modern era that I have seen, starting around 1980) lead the buyers to believe that they will somehow become valuable and collectible because they are a) made of gold and b) because "rare stamps" become more valuable over time.  Sadly, these items are neither.  What makes postage stamps valuable due to their rarity is a large market that seeks them.  The gold replica stamps are generally a casually curious group, and those items as they are replica, and not actual stamps, don't gain much value over the years, as they also don't contain a significant quantity of gold.
Wish I had better news for you.
Best regards,
Scott

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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.

Experience

30+ years of learning the hard way. A lot of passion for collecting and dealing (as I do both). I don't consider it a hobby... I consider it a serious pursuit that I'm able to do in the hours I'm not occupied by annoying things like sleep. I work closely with some of the global leaders in the expertizing and identification field. Have co-authored several papers (with Mr. William Weiss Jr.) related to identification, as well as tool set to help with quickly identifying the more challenging areas of Washington Franklin. Strong experience in paper types and coil validation.

Organizations
Member of APS #222356.

Publications
1870 - 1879 Large Banknote Issues - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr). Washington-Franklin - Easy Identification (co-authored with William Weiss Jr.) Detecting Fakes, Alterations and Counterfeits (APS Summer Session Expertizing Session materials with William Weiss Jr.)

Education/Credentials
Thousands and thousands of hours of pouring over hundreds of collections. 30+ years as a collector-to-dealer, avid student of philatelic study. Pre-1900 variation is fascinating, and it seems even after all these years, that I make some discovery every time I look at a new example. APS Summer Session - Fundamentals of Expertizing 2014

Past/Present Clients
100's too numerous to mention.

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