The Westminster Collection is a
leading distributor of collectable stamps and coins, acting on
behalf of Postal Administrations, Mints and Ministries of Finance
across the globe. However, the roots of our family business
go right back to 1945.
From a playground business to leading
The original Harry Allen business was established after the
war by Mr Allen who transformed his childhood "business"
trading stamps at school into a "proper" business wholesaling new
issue stamps. At the vanguard of the philatelic boom of the
late 1960 and 1970s, Harry Allen was one of the very first
companies to sign an international stamp agency agreement, allowing
face value wholesale sales of stamps outside the issuing
The Harry Allen name remains at the forefront of today's new
issue philatelic trade, holding philatelic agencies for
around 75 countries, including, USA, Canada, Australia,
New Zealand and Eire.
Making collecting more accessible
In 1987 his son, Stephen Allen, formed The Westminster
Collection to make stamp collecting more interesting and accessible
to general public. Within a few years coins were also
featuring alongside thematic stamp collections for events such as
the Queen Mother's 90th Birthday, the 40th Anniversary of the
Accession and the 50th Anniversary of D-Day.
By bringing together some of the key issues for events of
importance for the British collector and creating exclusive and
limited edition pieces, The Westminster Collection has provided a
way for many hundreds of thousands of collectors to own a piece of
British history and heritage - perfect to pass down to
children and grandchildren.
The Westminster Collection remains a family
business, with Stephen as Chairman. We hope that our
many years experience servicing the needs of collectors helps set
The Westminster Collection apart from other foreign-owned
businesses and the more impersonal world of national mints and
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