What will be the most expensive Iphone in the world ? The first one of course ! So why would it be different for the stamps world ? Right ! But no …
Of course you may know the famous stamps about which I will talk, but first we must keep in mind that the first stamps isn’t especially the most expensive due to the other special stamps rarity.
This article is a great way to learn about the philatelic history in Great Britain and may be help you to find a pearl in your collection. Of course if you know a little about the stamps market and the stamps world in general you may know you will probably not able to buy a private jet by selling stamps .. But we never know you could try your luck with the auction-stamps market !
So lets starts with a brief lesson in history from our good friend Wikipedia :
The first adhesive stamps in the world was issued in the United Kingdom of Great Britain in May 1840. This stamps is called the Penny Black .
It was first issued in the United Kingdom (referred to in philatelic circles as Great Britain), on 1 May 1840, but was not valid for use until 6 May.
In 1837, British postal rates were pretty 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. By contrast, the Penny Black allowed letters of up to 1⁄2 ounce (14 grams) to be delivered at a flat rate of one penny, regardless of distance.
What about the design and the lifestyle of this period? The stamps carrier the portrait of Queen Victoria ( 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901 ) . It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.
For this article I found a really good video on Youtube explained by Exploring Stamps channel.
Thats about all I have time for today, but I loved to talk and learn about the Black Penny, I hope you did as well. Enjoy your day or night !