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Stamps (Philately)/1956 wedding stamp


Can you please help me value this stamp? Its not cancelled. its in prestige state and we have the original U.S. Oregon Oregonian newspaper article from February 27, 1956 for this stamp.
Sam & Alesha

I assume by this you mean the Monaco stamp for the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier in 1956.  The Wedding was held 19 April, and the stamp was issued on the same day.

There are actually 8 of these stamps issued in the following colors and denominations:

1 Franc - Green & Black
2 Franc - Carmine & Black
3 Franc - Violet Blue & Black
5 Franc - Yellow Green & Black
15 Franc - Red Brown & Black

Air Mails
100 Franc - Violet Brown & Bluish Violet
200 Franc - Carmine & Violet Brown
500 Franc - Grey Blue & Violet Brown

If you have the whole set, it's worth between $20 - $40 USD.  Sorry, having an article about the stamp doesn't increase it's value to collectors.  If it's a single stamp, the value in the non-airmails is less than $1.  Stamps after 1940 are considered "Modern", and in most cases, a lot were printed.  What makes a stamp valuable is it's scarcity.  These are not terribly scarce, especially in he values under 100 Francs.  For the lower denominations 1F - 15F between 14 million and 3 million of each of the stamps were printed.  For the higher values, around 300,000 of each were printed, so this does put them in a better class for two reasons: 1) They have a higher "face" value to start with and 2) There are fare fewer of them printed, but with numbers like 300,000+ they are still considered a "commonly" available stamp.

Hope that helps.

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