Secure the highest value pre-decimal stamp ever to be issued!
This is a magnificent opportunity to own the highest value United Kingdom pre-decimal stamp ever issued – the 1882 £5 Orange.
The iconic £5 orange stamp was originally introduced in 1877 as a Telegraph stamp for payment of bulk telegrams and those of individual high cost. In October 1881, all telegraph stamps were withdrawn and postal stamps used instead. The Telegraph plate was adopted for the £5 orange postage in 1882, changing the word ‘Telegraph’ for ‘Postage’ and thus becoming the highest pre-decimal stamp ever to be released.
There was no real postal necessity for the £5 Orange and was rarely used – not surprising when you consider that the £5 Orange was the equivalent of more than a month’s wages at the time of issue. For that reason alone it was difficult for the general public to get their hands on and as a result, genuine postal use of the £5 stamp was extremely rare.
The £5 Orange Stamp continues to this day to be a highly coveted stamp due to its iconic status (it would be nearly a century later in 1977 that the Post Office issued another £5 denomination stamp) and scarcity. As a result of this the Stanley Gibbons catalogue value for a fine used example of the stamp has risen by an exceptional 265% over the last 20 years.
Key Issue Information:
- The £5 Orange stamp was the highest value pre-decimal stamp ever to be issued
- The iconic stamp was more than a month’s wages at the time of issue and as a result was near impossible for the general public to get their hands on
- It remained the only £5 stamp to be issued for almost 100 years – until 1977 saw a new £5 definitive stamp released
- 2015 Stanley Gibbons catalogue value for fine used example is £4,750 – 265% increase in price over the last 20 years*
- Housed in Deluxe Presentation Folder with Certificate
*2015 Stanley Gibbons Catalogue price for fine used example
Country of issue: United Kingdom
First year of issue: 1882
Denomination: Five Pounds
Delivery via Royal Mail Special Delivery
Estimated Delivery Time: 7-10 Working Days
Delivery available throughout the United Kingdom