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The World's First Stamp - An 1840 Penny Black - The Westminster Collection International

The World's First Stamp - An 1840 Penny Black

  • £245.00

Own The World's First Stamp - An Original 1840 Penny Black

6th May 1840 - a day that changed the world with the introduction of The Penny Black – the world's first pre-paid uniform rate postage stamp.

Over 160 years ago, the vision of Rowland Hill was realised. Up to 1840, postage was charged on the number of sheets used and the distance to be travelled. Clerks assessed each package and wrote the fee on the letter to be collected on delivery. Hill replaced this cumbersome, expensive process with a single prepaid charge based on weight, regardless of distance. This type of payment was indicated by a ‘small stamped label’ – known as The Penny Black. Introduced on 6th May, 1840, it took its place in history as the very first pre-paid postage stamp.

This is an opportunity you really must not miss, and we only have limited supplies - so please act now. Your stamp will arrive complete in a Presentation Folder with Certificate of Authenticity, perfect to keep in the family for generations to come.

The example of the Penny Black we are offering today is available for you at just £245 (+p&p). For your information a fine used example of this stamp currently catalogues at £350.



  • Guaranteed genuine original - over 170 years old

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