Stamps Around the Globe

International Treasures

Discover Famous and Extraordinary Stamps from Around the World

International Treasures exhibit
Above: International Treasures exhibit.

1p Seated Hope single, 1861
1p Seated Hope single, 1861.

What makes these objects treasures? They tell incredible stories and connect with important events in world history. Some are very scarce or have errors made during production. A few represent “firsts” in the history of philately.

Explore these philatelic treasures from 24 countries.

What special story or feature makes each one great?

Maps on Stamps album
One of Allan Lee's stamp albums.
Maps on Stamps »

While serving overseas in World War II, Allan Lee decided to collect every stamp that showed a map. In 1977, he donated his 26 album collection to the Smithsonian Institution.