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The Penny Black

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG1

Stock code: P14508797 | SG number: 1
£525
1840 1d Intense black Pl.1b. Superb used good to large four margin example lettered TD, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC. Spec. AS4.

Great Britain 1840 (COVER) SG2

Stock code: P12308277 | SG number: 2
£5,500
1840 1d Black Pl.2. Very fine entire legal form sent from Dirham Rectory, Bath to Haverfordwest, Pembroke rated at 1s8d in manuscript at left with a Pembroke arrival cds for AU.26.1839. Backstamped by a Bath dispatch cds for AU.23.1839. The enclosed form has been completed eleven months later and is dated internally JY.02.1840. turned and returned to Bath, bearing a close to large four margin 1d black Pl.2. lettered RL neatky cancelled by a red MC. A magnificent cover illustrating the drastic change in postal rates due to the introduction of the Uniform Penny Post. 2010 BPA Cert.

Great Britain 1840 (COVER) SG2

Stock code: P12308016X | SG number: 2
£300,000
1840 Overseas mail. Superb cover from Limerick to Hamburgh via Dublin and Hull, the 8d rate prepaid by a 1d Black Pl.1b block of eight lettered MJ-PK, divided into two blocks of four each neatly tied by red MC's, endorsed "Per Packet from Hull" at upper left. Backstamped with Limerick and Dublin cds's for AU.27-28.1840, a red "Hull Ship Letter" handstamp and a "Schiffsbrieff Post/Hamburg" cds for SP.6.1840. A couple of insignificant peripheral faults to the cover nevertheless a stunning exhibition piece, the only known such franking with the 1d black and without doubt one of the most famous and iconic pieces of the issue. Ex. Atkinson & Gross. 1990 BPA Cert.

Great Britain 1840 (UNUSED) SG2

Stock code: P12308208X | SG number: 2
£160,000
1840 (April) Postal Notice. Superb example of this rare notice from W.L. Marberly of the London General Post Office announcing the introduction of the world's first Postage Stamp. The notice bears a four margin vertical pair of 1d black from Pl.1a lettered SD-TD, usual folds to the postal notice not detracting from this major philatelic and important world rarity. Only a handful of examples from the Edinburgh Office and two examples from the London Office are believed to have survived in private hands.


Great Britain 1840 (UNUSED) SG2

Stock code: G1010007X | SG number: 2
£140,000
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine and fresh unused o.g. huge four margin block of four lettered FI-GJ, a couple of light age stains on left hand stamps of no importance for a block of this quality. A magnificent and very rare exhibition piece. 2006 BPA Cert.


Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P12314511X | SG number: 2
£325
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered QB, cancelled by a red MC. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P12314551X | SG number: 2
£325
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered BL , neatly cancelled by an upright strike of a black MC. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P13408096X | SG number: 2
£295
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used close to large four margin example lettered TH, cancelled by a red MC. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P13408101X | SG number: 2
£325
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used close to good four margin example lettered IE showing constant variety on "P" of "PENNY", neatly cancelled by a crisply struck red MC. Spec. AS5j.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P13408102X | SG number: 2
£325
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used close to large four margin example lettered RE showing burr rubb at foot "NE" of "ONE" joined, tied to a small piece by a black MC. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P13408097X | SG number: 2
£325
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used close to large four margin example lettered DJ, cancelled by a crisp upright red MC. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14509881 | SG number: 2
£1,500
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used four margin horizontal pair lettered FJ-FK, neatly cancelledwith a crisp Ruby MC as associated with Aberdeen. Most attractive. Spec. AS5ve.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14510414 | SG number: 2
£795
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used close to large four margin horizontal pair lettered LC-LD, neatly cancelled by crisp black MC's. An attractive multiple. Spec. AS5. Cat £1250.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14503782 | SG number: 2
£750
1840 1d Black Pl.1a. Superb used good to large four margin example lettered FB, neatly cancelled by a crisp strike of a bright red MC. Spec. AS2.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14508386 | SG number: 2
£350
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered NK, neatly cancelled by a red MC leaving a clear profile. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14508388 | SG number: 2
£350
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered SE, neatly cancelled by an orange-red MC. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14510418 | SG number: 2
£2,950
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used close to large four margin horizontal strip of four lettered KI-KL KL showing recut sideline variety, each stamp neatly cancelled by crisp red MC's. An attractive multiple very rare so fine. Spec. AS5h.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14503419 | SG number: 2
£650
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Superb used four margin example lettered RL with part sheet margin at right, beautifully cancelled by a crisp red MC. Most attractive. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14510420 | SG number: 2
£400
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered OD showing burr rubb at foot "NE" of "ONE" joined and partial recut sideline necessitated by burr rub, neatly cancelled by an upright strike of a black MC. Spec. AS5g/h.

Great Britain 1840 (UNUSED) SG2

Stock code: P12308006XX | SG number: 2
£75,000
1840 (April) Postal Notice. Very fine example of this rare notice from E.S. Lees of the Edinburgh General Post Office announcing the introduction of the world's first Postage Stamp. The notice bears a four margin vertical pair of 1d black from Pl.1a lettered MH-NH, light horizontal crease to lower adhesive and the usual folds and minor soiling to the postal notice nevertheless a major philatelic and important world rarity. Only a handful of examples from the Edinburgh Office and two examples from the London Office are believed to have survived in private hands. This example is illustrated on page 45 of "The Dublin Find" by Don Madden & Karl Louis.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14510416 | SG number: 2
£475
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used huge four margin example lettered NH showing retouched check letter variety, neatly cancelled by a crisp strike of a red MC. Spec. AS5e.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14510419 | SG number: 2
£400
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered TK showing double letter T variety, neatly cancelled by an upright strike of a black MC. Spec. AS5f.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14508385 | SG number: 2
£350
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered BG, neatly cancelled by a red MC. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14507671 | SG number: 2
£550
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used four margin example lettered IF, beautifully tied to piece by a crisp red MC and a crisp black Hayle double-arc cds for AU.25.1841. Most attractive. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14508798 | SG number: 2
£850
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Superb used huge four margin example lettered PA showing non-coincident re-entry with recut and enlarged letters, beautifully cancelled by a crisp red MC. A spectacular stamp rarely seen with margins this size. Spec. AS5c.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P14505171 | SG number: 2
£350
1840 1d Black Pl.1b. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered FF, neatly cancelled by a complete red MC. Spec. AS5.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2wi

Stock code: P14509814 | SG number: 2wi
£1,850
1840 1d Black Pl.1b (Wmk. Inverted). Very fine used goood to large four margin example of this difficult watermark variety lettered SI, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC. Spec. AS5l.

Great Britain 1840 (UNUSED) SG3

Stock code: P13410753 | SG number: 3
£180,000
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Superb unused o.g. large four margin horizontal pair lettered FB-FC and a strip of three lettered FD-FF reforming an original strip of five. Light diagonal crease crosses the FB-FC nevertheless a stunning multiple with fresh gum and a magnificent grey-black worn impression, the strip of five believed to be one of the largest surviving worn plate multiples from this plate. Ex. Percy de Worms & "Mayflower". 2006 & 2010 BPA Certificates.


Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P12306615 | SG number: 3
£6,250
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used close to large four margin horizontal strip of four lettered JE-JH showing moderate plate wear, neatly tied to a piece by crisp orange-red MC's and a lightly struck London receiving office handstamp, bearing a crisp cds for MY.15.1840. Scarce multiple of this early "May date" usage. Spec. AS2tf.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P13408093X | SG number: 3
£325
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used close to large four margin example lettered IF showing moderate plate wear, cancelled by a red MC. Spec. AS2.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P13408094X | SG number: 3
£375
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered TE showing significant plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC. Spec. AS3.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P13410610 | SG number: 3
£400
1840 1d Grey-black Pl.1a. Very fine used four margin example lettered IH, neatly tied to a large piece by a red MC with a red London octagonal datestamp alongside for JU.13.1840.. Most attractive. Spec AS2.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14505114 | SG number: 3
£1,800
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin vertical pair lettered HK-IK, cancelled by crisp red MC's. an attractive multiple. Spec. AS2. 1996 Holcombe Cert.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14508800 | SG number: 3
£400
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered QB showing significant plate wear, neatly cancelled by an orange-red MC. Spec. AS3.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14510405 | SG number: 3
£400
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered PL showing significant plate wear and shifted transfer variety, neatly cancelled by a complete red MC. Spec. AS3c.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14510408 | SG number: 3
£925
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Superb used close to large four margin example lettered PJ showing moderate plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisply struck black London "Broken Points" MC. Scarce cancellation on this early plate. Spec. AS2f.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14508799 | SG number: 3
£375
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered OK showing moderate plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC. Spec. AS2.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14508802 | SG number: 3
£725
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used close to large four margin example lettered SJ showing significant plate wear, cancelled by a black MC. Scarce cancellation on this plate. Spec. AS3f. Cat. £1100.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14510407 | SG number: 3
£375
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered QA showing moderate plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp upright red MC. Spec. AS2.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14508796 | SG number: 3
£450
1840 1d Grey-black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered NK showing significant plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp orange-red MC. Spec. AS3.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14510403 | SG number: 3
£775
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used close to large four margin example lettered TI showing moderate plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp black MC. Scarce cancellation on this plate. Spec. AS2f. Cat. £1100.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14510404 | SG number: 3
£425
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered QI showing significant plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp orange-red MC. Spec. AS3.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14510409 | SG number: 3
£475
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Superb used good to large four margin example lettered NI showing moderate plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp upright red MC. Spec. AS2.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14510410 | SG number: 3
£375
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used four margin example lettered OH showing moderate plate wear, cancelled by a bold red MC. Spec. AS2.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14505167 | SG number: 3
£425
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered BF showing significant plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC. Spec. AS3.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14505168 | SG number: 3
£450
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used large four margin example lettered HJ showing significant plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC. Spec. AS3.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14505169 | SG number: 3
£375
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used close to large four margin example lettered JG showing significant plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC. Spec. AS3.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG3

Stock code: P14505170 | SG number: 3
£400
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1a. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered JI showing significant plate wear, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC. Spec. AS3.

Great Britain 1840 (USED) SG2

Stock code: P12314453X | SG number: 2
£350
1840 1d Black Pl.2. Very fine used good to large four margin example lettered CF, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC. Spec. AS15.

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