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Penny Black (Queen Victoria)
Country:
United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
Series:
Queen Victoria
Catalog codes:
Michel GB 1
AFA number GB 1
Yvert et Tellier GB 1
Themes:
Heads of State | Queens
Issued on:
1840-05-01
Format:
Stamp
Emission:
Definitive
Perforation:
Imperforated
Printing:
Recess
Colors:
Black
Face value:
1 p - British penny
Print run:
68,808,000
Score:
67.24 Accuracy: Medium
Description:
The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp of a public postal system.

The Penny Black was printed from 11 plates. However, as plate 1 was completely overhauled due to excessive wear, it is generally considered as two separate plates, 1a and 1b. Plate 11 was intended originally solely for the new red stamps, but a small number were still printed in black. These are now very rare.

The stamps were printed in unperforated sheets of 240. The stamps were cut from the sheet with scissors for sale.
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