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Penny Black Stamps / 1d Blacks

Penny Blacks

The Penny Black stamp was the first Postage Stamp in the world! Issued on 6th May 1840 it was an “adhesive lozenge” sold to prepay postage so that a postman could simply deliver mail instead of also having to collect the postage cost from the recipient, (who may not have the money and could refuse the letter!)

The original die was engraved by the Heath brothers from a medal design showing the head of Queen Victoria by William Wyon. The stamps were printed by Perkins Bacon security printers in sheets of 240 examples without perforations with letters in each corner the deter forgery and each sheet had to be cut up by scissors at the post office. Due to the long life of the design 11 separate plates were used, each with its own distinguishing charateristics and in all over 68 Million Penny Blacks were printed.

Penny Blacks - what makes them valuable?

So what makes Penny Blacks valuable? The major factor is condition. Those postal clerks and their scissors didn’t often cut carefully along the narrow margins and the majority had the design cut into. Also because they became an overnight collecting sensation households and businesses would save them by passing a needle and thread through the middle making1d Black Strings which were then sold by the foot to budding stamp dealers!

Penny Blacks for Sale

Below are the Penny Blacks that we are currently offering for sale. Don't forget - you can bid and buy in complete confidence as all the items we sell are covered by our satisfaction guarantee.

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Lot Number: 8453
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 380 - 420
  • Currency guide (USD): 536 - 592
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Lot Number: 8454
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 350 - 350
  • Currency guide (USD): 494 - 494
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Lot Number: 8455
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 275
  • Currency guide (USD): 353 - 388
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Lot Number: 8469
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 190 - 210
  • Currency guide (USD): 268 - 296
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Lot Number: 8470
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 350 - 400
  • Currency guide (USD): 494 - 564
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Lot Number: 3849
Closing: 01 May 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 70 - 90
  • Currency guide (USD): 99 - 127
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Lot Number: 3848
Closing: 01 May 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 140 - 160
  • Currency guide (USD): 197 - 226
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Lot Number: 8463
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 220 - 240
  • Currency guide (USD): 310 - 338
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Lot Number: 8465
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 220 - 240
  • Currency guide (USD): 310 - 338
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Lot Number: 8462
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 220 - 240
  • Currency guide (USD): 310 - 338
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Lot Number: 8468
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 140 - 160
  • Currency guide (USD): 197 - 226
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Lot Number: 8467
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 200 - 240
  • Currency guide (USD): 282 - 338
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Lot Number: 8459
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 300
  • Currency guide (USD): 353 - 423
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Lot Number: 8458
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 190 - 210
  • Currency guide (USD): 268 - 296
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Lot Number: 8466
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 180 - 200
  • Currency guide (USD): 254 - 282
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Lot Number: 8457
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 230 - 260
  • Currency guide (USD): 324 - 367
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Lot Number: 8464
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 190 - 220
  • Currency guide (USD): 268 - 310
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Lot Number: 8472
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 300
  • Currency guide (USD): 353 - 423
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Lot Number: 3850
Closing: 01 May 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 60 - 65
  • Currency guide (USD): 85 - 92
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Lot Number: 8471
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 500 - 600
  • Currency guide (USD): 705 - 846
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Lot Number: 8461
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 250 - 300
  • Currency guide (USD): 353 - 423
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Lot Number: 8456
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 150 - 170
  • Currency guide (USD): 212 - 240
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Lot Number: 3851
Closing: 01 May 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 90 - 100
  • Currency guide (USD): 127 - 141
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Lot Number: 8473
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 210 - 230
  • Currency guide (USD): 296 - 324
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Lot Number: 8476
Closing: 24 April 2018

  • Guide price (GBP): 260 - 300
  • Currency guide (USD): 367 - 423
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