Set of four high value definitive King George V ‘seahorse’ stamps
The ‘Seahorses’ high value definitive stamps were issued during the reign of King George V. The stamps remain to this day very famous due to their high quality engraving and dramatic design which depicts Britannia on her chariot behind three writhing horses on a stormy sea.
The stamps were issued during a period when the British Empire was declining and the country was experiencing a period of economic downturn. King George V was a keen philatelist and the stamps were a propaganda tool to boost the country’s morale. They were issued as a means of restoring a British feeling of ‘world power’ and as a ‘ruler of the seas’ for the general public.
The stamps were first issued in July and August 1913 in 2/6 (brown), 5/- (red), 10/- (blue) and £1 (green) values. The £1 green was the equivalent of a week’s wages at the time, which obviously meant it was infrequently used. As a result, it is a must have for all serious philatelic collectors.
The rarity of the £1 stamp, in addition to the iconic Britannia designs, has meant the Seahorses stamp collection are now difficult to source, resulting in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue value price rise for a fine used example of 120% over the past 20 years.
Key Issue Information:
- Iconic engraving and dramatic Britannia design
- Intended to boost the country’s morale by restoring a feeling of ‘world power’ within the British general public
- The £1 green seahorse stamp was the equivalent of a week’s wages which meant it was infrequently used.
- In 2015 the official Stanley Gibbons Catalogue value for fine used example of all four Seahorse stamp denominations was £1,650 – a 120% increase over 20 years*
- All four 1913 stamps housed together in one Deluxe Presentation Folder with Certificate
*2015 Stanley Gibbons Catalogue price for fine used example
Country of issue: United Kingdom
First year of issue: 1913
Denomination: Two Shilling Six Pence, Five Shilling, Ten Shilling & One Pound
Delivery via Royal Mail Special Delivery
Estimated Delivery Time: 7-10 Working Days
Delivery available throughout the United Kingdom