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1840-1902 Victoria Stamp Details

The first country to issue postage stamps is a fascinating playground for the stamp collector! The stamps issued during Victoria’s reign can be roughly grouped into the 3 basic printing methods employed, each producing very different stamps which are easy to identify.

  1. Line engraved issues. Starting with the 1840 1d black and 2d blue and ending in 1879 when the last of the Penny Reds with small plate numbers hidden in the designs were issued.
  2. Embossed issue. An expensive printing process employed between 1847 and 1854 to produce 6d, 10d & 1 shilling imperforate stamps with a raised unprinted Queens head.
  3. Surface printed issues. Utilised from 1855 to the end of the Victorian period which produced much higher quality stamps including the bicoloured 1900-92 “Jubilee” series.This reign gives us the rarest GB stamp, the famous 1864-79 1d red plate 77 a used example of which changed hands in 2016 for around £500,000.

It is possible to build a large collection of Great Britain Victorian stamps without ‘breaking the bank’. Those seeking normal quality examples can often pay less than 10% of Stanley Gibbons catalogue prices with only the finest examples being worth around the full catalogue valuation. It is normal for philatelists to build their collections and enjoy upgrading quality as they continue. Further continuance may take the stamp collector into postmarks, proofs, blocks, postal history, postal stationery and many other exciting fields of philately. We recommend the excellent listings in the Stanley Gibbons catalogues, for those wishing to specialise further we also recommend their Great Britain Specialised Stamp Catalogue Volume 1 “Queen Victoria” which is packed with interesting and useful information including proofs, plate flaws, “Specimen” overprints and much else.

 

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  • Lot 707 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £180 - £200

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1801839 CHARLES WHITING ESSAY Congreve method essay inscribed '½ ounce 1d' in black and red with white lettering, fine with small hinge thin.
  • Lot 708 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £110 - £120

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1840 2d blue, Plate I 'RL', four margins and black Maltese cross. 
  • Lot 709 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £120 - £140

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1840 2d blue, Plate I 'RD', four margins and red Maltese cross. Shows horizontal scratch over NW square, Statham listed.
  • Lot 710 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £130 - £150

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1840 2d blue Plate 2 'FA', good to large marginal margins and neat black Maltese cross. Shows dot right of 'F', Statham listed. 
  • Lot 711 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £60 - £80

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1841 1d red plate 55, SG Spec. BS44, lettered 'MD', mint with four margins showing portion of adjoining stamp at left, and large part gum. Cat. £600+
  • Lot 712 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £3,500 - £4,000

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1841 1D RED 'B' BLANK 1d red-brown Plate 77, lettered 'B' and blank (instead of A') at right, with '108' numeral cancel of Dumfries. thinned at right and defective at top. With ...
  • Lot 713 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £75 - £100

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1841 1D RED on an 1842 entire letter, three margins and tied by Dursley distorted Maltese cross, and cds on reverse.
  • Lot 714 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £50 - £70

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1841 1D RED entire letter to London, bearing a three margined example tied by GREENOCK distinctive Maltese cross, with date stamp and arrival mark on reverse. Cat. £500 in 2020.
  • Lot 715 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £75 - £90

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1841 1D RED a wrapper front and part back, bearing a 2½ margin example tied by KELSO distinctive Malterse cross, 1843 datestamp on reverse. Cat. £3250 on cover, £750 off cover.
  • Lot 716 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £150 - £200

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    GB.QUEEN VICTORIA - 1841 1D RED plate 10 with four margins, on an entire to London, tied by GREENOCK distinctive Maltese cross, 1841 datestamp on reverse. SG Spec. AS68uc, Cat. £1250.

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