Opportunity to own the first ever British Commemorative Stamps!
In 1924 the British Empire Exhibition was held at Wembley and was opened by King George V on St Georges Day. At the time, it was the largest exhibition ever staged anywhere in the world, costing £12m and attracting 27 million visitors.
Its main aim was to raise the country’s spirits after the First World War and to stimulate trade and strengthen bonds amongst the 58 British Empire countries. The hugely ambitious exhibition was the very first time the British Post Office issued commemorative postage stamps. As a result, this issue is an essential addition to any collection.
Eight artists were invited to submit one or more finished drawings and were to be symbolic of the British Empire. The final design of an imposing British Lion, later known as the Wembley Lion, was by Harold Nelson.
Two stamps were issued on 23rd April 1924, a 1d in scarlet red and a 1½d in brown, both were inscribed ‘British Empire Exhibition 1924’. A second printing identical to the first apart from the year changing to 1925, was issued on 9th May 1925. Unusually, used examples of these commemorative stamps catalogue higher than unused examples as most people at the time did not use these special stamps for normal postage.
The significance of the first ever British Commemorative stamps has resulted in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue value price rise for a fine used example of 177% over the past 20 years.
Key Issue Information:
- Opportunity to own the first ever British Commemorative Stamp Collection
- Released to coincide with the largest ever exhibition staged anywhere in the world at the time
- The iconic designs feature an imposing British Lion and was intended to symbolise the British Empire
- In 2015 the official Stanley Gibbons Catalogue value for fine used example of the British Empire Exhibition Stamps has risen 177% over 20 years*
- All four 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: 1924
Denomination: One Penny & One and Half Penny
Delivery via Royal Mail
Estimated Delivery Time: 7-10 Working Days
Delivery available throughout the United Kingdom