The Penny Red

I have been interested in penny reds for 42 years and am happy to say the pleasure I get from improving my collection and learning more about the history and detail of our chosen specialisation grows constantly. It was used for the standard letter postage rate of 1d and approximately 21 billion were issued. The 1d Red was a development of the Penny Black with the colour being changed from black to red so that the new black Maltese Cross cancellation could be clearly seen. This change was made following Rowland Hill’s “rainbow trials” and “obliterating trials” to find the most sensible stamp and cancel combination to prevent people removing evidence of cancellation so the stamps could be re-used. Basically, his initial choice of very durable black ink for a stamp was a mistake! Until the 1d red was imperforate. In the watermark was changed from a small crown to a large crown.

UK’s second most valuable stamp sells for £495,000

The sale was arranged by London-based dealers Stanley Gibbons, which said the Plate 77 Penny Red is one of only five used examples known to the world of philately — another of which is held in the British Museum. Plate 77 Penny Reds, which date from , are viewed by collectors and investors as the holy grail of philately because Plate 77 stamps were not meant to exist.

The stamps were created but never sold by post offices after they were not considered to be of good enough quality. The original printing plate was destroyed, but a tiny handful made their way into circulation.

*What is the value of a Penny Red stamp? *What are the most relate to? *Learn about the value of British stamps including the highly sort after Penny Red. Only a handful of Plate 77s, which date from , made their way into circulation​.

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British Postage Stamp, Penny Red, Corner Letters J, E

The Penny Red stamp dutifully served the Victorian public for almost 40 years. But only a few knowledgeable collectors are aware of the full significance of the plate numbers from this classic British stamp. Here you can see Plate Hidden within the borders of the stamp is the plate number and each number refers back to the original metal plate from which the stamp was printed. The Plate 77 Penny Red is one of only five in the world.

Download this stock image: British Postage Stamp, Penny Red, Corner Letters J British postage stamp with King George V, possibly therefore dating the stamp​.

The Penny Red was a British postage stamp , issued in It succeeded the Penny Black and continued as the main type of postage stamp in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until , with only minor changes to the design during that time. The colour was changed from black to red because of difficulty in seeing a cancellation mark on the Penny Black; a black cancel was readily visible on a Penny Red.

Initially, some of the same plates that were used to print the Penny Black were used to print the Penny Red and about 21 billion Penny Reds were printed by Messrs. Perforations, experimental gauge 16 , first came into use in and were officially adopted in in the same size as the experimental issue. The experimental issue can be distinguished from the general issue as the later was applied to stamp which used a different alphabet type for the letters in the lower corners.

AL etc. In January , the perforation size was changed from 16 to 14 as it was found that the sheets were coming apart too easily. The reduced size allowed the sheets to remain intact until pressure was applied to force the separation. The stamps were printed in sheets of 20 rows of 12 stamps , so one row cost 1 shilling and a complete sheet one pound.

Penny Black Stamps

There is much more material available for specialised study. From the outset, the Post Office was concerned about the postmarks on these; red postmarks were not entirely secure, but black postmarks did not show up so well against the black print of the stamp. It was therefore decided to keep the same design of stamp but change the colour to a brownish-red against which the black postmark would be distinct.

Expect change from £10 when buying the first for your collection. STAMP FACT FILE. Issue date: 1 January, Value: 1d. Reign: King Edward.

The plating of a stamp is to allocate it to the original plate from which it was printed. The plates were laid down from several rollers from a master die and these rollers developed various flaws which appear on the printed stamp and help to indicate the plate or group of plates ie the ‘O’ flaw on Die 1 plates or the NE flaw which occurs only on Die 1 plate In addition to these roller flaws one can find some superb plate varieties which occur only on one lettering on one plate such as re-entries or double letters.

Unfortunately all too few stamps have these individual flaws but great help is at hand for the plater because after a plate was laid down check letters were inserted by hand into the lower two squares as an aid against forgery. As this was a human act the position of the letters can vary gratefully from plate to plate and this difference in the letter position is the key plating guide.

The Stanley Gibbons Specialised Vol 1 Catalogue is the start point of reference and from there we can recommend the following publications:. The earlier editions are much cheaper but of little use. After each plate was made a ‘registration sheet’ was taken and kept as an official record of the plate. Fortunately these so called ‘imprimatur’ sheets are still largely intact and photographs can be found less circa 22 examples cut from the original sheets.

The Penny Stamp sold for £495,000

The owner received no bids on his offer of 99 cents, with eBay users Stamp Production Process Forum All topics about the technical aspects of stamp collecting such as printing methods, types of presses, paper, gum types, etc. The anonymous collector identified the stamp’s flaw soon after purchase and immediately made it available on the internet auction site with a reserve of just 99c. All stamp collections should be stored in a damp free environment and away from heaters and direct sunlight.

The Penny Red was a British postage stamp first issued in , making the th Anniversary of its release. It has a stonking cover design by This is Star, a New York artist and model whose inkwork makes me moist and excited.

Penny Red (OA) Four Margins RED TOWN DATE STAMP and cancel. EUR From United Kingdom. or Best Offer. + EUR

The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was first issued in Great Britain on 1 May , but was not valid for use until 6 May. It features a profile of Queen Victoria. In , British postal rates were high, complex and anomalous. To simplify matters, Sir Rowland Hill proposed an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage. At the time it was normal for the recipient to pay postage on delivery, charged by the sheet and on distance travelled.

Postal delivery systems using what may have been adhesive stamps existed before the Penny Black. The idea had at least been suggested earlier in the Austrian Empire, Sweden, and possibly Greece. Treasury competition On 13 February , Sir Rowland Hill proposed to a government enquiry both the idea of a pre-paid stamp and a pre-paid envelope, a separate sheet folded to form an enclosure for carrying letters. Hill was given a two-year contract to run the new system, and together with Henry Cole he announced a competition to design the new stamps.

There were some 2, entries, but none was considered suitable; instead a rough design endorsed by Hill was chosen, featuring an easily recognisable profile of the former Princess Victoria.

The Penny Red Collector

The stamp we hope to persuade you to add to your affordable GB stamps collection is a mint or mint hinged Edward VII Penny Red with good margins, and in well-cared-for condition. The general public first saw it on sale, together with the near-identical halfpenny green, twopence-halfpenny ultramarine and sixpence pale dull purple on 1 January , almost a year into the new reign. When buying your first Edward VII penny red, you will have questions of colour shade, watermark difference and overall condition buzzing through your mind.

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Great Britain stamp SG 47 Pl. Used– Nice Liverpool Cancel Small corner crease pencil notation on rear. As pictured, a decent example. Skip to main content. Email to friends Share on Facebook – opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter – opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest – opens in a new window or tab. Add to Watchlist. People who viewed this item also viewed. Picture Information. Have one to sell? Sell it yourself. Get the item you ordered or get your money back. Learn more – eBay Money Back Guarantee – opens in new window or tab.

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