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Matthews and Son (M&S) Philately was created by father and son philatelists, William and Nigel Matthews, who have developed a lifetime passion for stamps and postal history.

Between them they have more than 90 years philatelic experience with specialisation in issues from Great Britain, British Commonwealth, Caribbean, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain and United States.

William and Nigel share their passion through the publication of a blog and the provision of philatelic services to both experienced and novice philatelists alike. If you like our content, don’t forget to subscribe below.

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Barbuda: On the Map

Barbuda is one of many small Islands in the Caribbean that form a chain known as the Leeward Islands. It is now part of the sovereign nation of Antigua and Barbuda, with Barbuda located just north of its larger sister island. The first stamp issues were released on 13 July 1922 – stamps of the…

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The Bahamas: 1967 Definitive Issue

In 1966 the Crown Colony of The Bahamas introduced decimal currency, transitioning from the former imperial currency used almost extensively across the British Commonwealth, to The Bahamas dollars and cents. On 25 May, an earlier 1965 definitive issue was overprinted with surcharges in the new currency. Later that year, three commemorative issues celebrating the World…

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Egypt: Dating by Country Denotation

In 1958 Egypt and Syria formed the United Arb Republic (UAR) to protect common interests in the Middle East. From that year, postage stamps issued by the union countries carried the letters ‘UAR’ as well as the country where the stamps were issued. These denotations were to change in the following years and, in the…

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Haiti: Toussaint Louverture Remembered

Haiti (officially Republic of Haiti) has appeared in in the 21st century news bulletins for all the wrong reasons having endured a coup d’état in 2004 and a sequence of catastrophic earthquakes, most notably in 2010 that killed more than 250,000 people. However the country, located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles…

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El Salvador: Early 19th Century Issues

Sadly for philatelists who stumble across the late 19th century stamp issues of El Salvador, they generally hold very little value. However, this takes nothing away from the intricate and stunning designs. The early issues were printed by the American Bank Note Company and Hamilton Bank Note Engraving and Printing Company in such great quantities…

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