At the recent Southern England Stamp Show, a Machin Mosaic (music to the ears of this alliteration admirer) containing over 528,000 stamps was displayed. It handily won the Guinness World Record for the largest stamp mosaic for its builder, Peter Boyd from Kent.
Ian Billings has the whole story here, including a video of the whole mosaic. The report in the local newspaper, with additional photos, is here.
What I don't understand is that the local newspaper article said, "The record attempt began when Mr Boyd was looking at an old Machin postage stamp worth six and a half pence through a magnifier." The half-penny became obsolete in the 1980s and certainly no catalog or price list has valued a single item at that price for many years. Exactly where did that value of six and a half pence come from?
Meanwhile, I guess I need only about another 428,000 Machins before I can do the same thing. Or so it seems.