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1840 Penny Black Stamp

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Own the historic 1840 Penny Black Postage Stamp today for ONLY £119

On 6 May 1840 the world’s first ever pre-paid postage stamp was issued – the iconic Penny Black.  Now over 175 years later you have the rare opportunity to secure one of these historic issues.

The brainchild of Rowland Hill who led the campaign in the 1830s for a universal penny postage stamp, the Penny Black is commonly regarded as one of the pillars of the Victorian Age. 

In fact, the Penny Black Stamp was in production for less than one year, with the final issue printed in February 1841. Featuring a portrait of a 15 year old Queen Victoria, the vast majority of the Penny Black Stamps that were originally printed 175 years ago have long since disappeared. 


As the world’s first ever postage stamp The Penny Black remains to this day in high demand throughout the world and is an essential addition to any philatelic collection.  As a result of this continued demand, the last two decades alone has seen the official Stanley Gibbons catalogue value for a fine used example of the Penny Black rise by 150% - out-performing many other comparable commodities.

Harrington and Byrne is pleased to be able to offer the iconic 1840 Penny Black Stamp for just £119 POST FREE.  However, due to our limited supply we need to receive your reservation within the next 7 days to be able to guarantee your order.

Place your reservation today simply by clicking below.

Key Issue Information:

  • The world's first ever pre-paid postage stamp
  • Issued in 1840 - the stamp was printed for less than one year
  • Essential addition to any stamp collection - an iconic symbol of Victorian Age
  • Catalogue price for fine used version increased by 150% over the past twenty years
  • Housed within Deluxe Presentation Folder

Country of issue:  United Kingdom

First year of issue:  1840

Perforation:  None

Denomination:  One Penny

Approximate Size:  22mm x 19mm

Condition:  Used


Delivery via Royal Mail

Estimated Delivery Time: 7-10 Working Days

Delivery available throughout the United Kingdom




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