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Movie stars on stamps

If you are bitten by the thematic stamp collecting bug, sooner or later you will stumble on a stamp depicting a movie icon... and you will want to start collecting those. There is no denying it. Famous actors and actresses make an attractive subject for …

Antique scientific instruments

Unless you are a physicist, geographer, astronomer or something similar, an old scientific instrument may mean nothing to you. That is, until you see an archaic contraption covered with green patina that your best friend has proudly displayed in the …

Chandeliers, beautiful and opulent

The term chandelier comes from chandelle, the French word meaning candle holder, which is derived from the Latin candelabrum. Sometime in the 14th century, someone had the brilliant idea to hang those candle holders from a ceiling... and the chandelier as …

Definitive and commemorative stamps

Stamps used to come to us stuck on letters and that is how many of us started collecting them.   Now that the snail mail is becoming extinct, stamp collecting is waning too, a victim of the rise of digital technology.   Although …

Picture postcards

Deltiology, the study and collecting of picture postcards, is thought to be third largest collecting hobby in the world.   Once upon a time, weary travellers knew that their first duty upon arriving at a destination was to buy a bunch of picture …

The R5 Griqua Town coin

If you are a regular visitor to the bidorbuy Coins and Notes category, you may have noticed there is a relative new-comer: the R5 Griqua Town coin.   This commemorative coin was issued in 2015 by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to mark the …

Jellyfish on South African stamps

Jellyfish are not everyone’s cup of tea. Some find these creatures vaguely repulsive, probably due their mushy and squashy physique. Some find them positively terrifying, a state of mind that seems to be in close correlation to having been stung by a …

Royal Albert porcelain

The name Royal Albert brings to mind delicate tea cups that Victorians might have used. For a good reason: Victorians did use them.   If Thomas Wild and Co. wanted to win the favour of the upper British classes by naming their table and tea …

Rare and expensive

A  Rolex watch can be much, much more always expensive, but this 9 Carat Gold Rolex Half Hunter pocket watch, to give it its full name, is what the seller justifiably calls “a rare find”. It dates from around 1920s or 1930s and, old as it is, still works …

Spade, lion, turtle

And the first coin ever minted was… read on to find out!   Today, you can’t trade if you don’t have money. Long ago, it was the other way around: you didn’t need money if there was no trade.   That is why the first “true” coins …