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The Two Penny Blue

The world’s second postage stamp


The Two Penny Blue was issued only days after the first plate of the Penny Black and much like the Penny Black, the Two Penny Blue’s design was based on the medal engraving created by William Wyon of the monarch when she was only 15-years-old. It was issued in sheets of 240 stamps without perforations. Its design comes in 10 varieties with several different combinations of perforation gauges, watermark sizes, and thickness of white lines on blue paper. In later years, it was also issued in a deeper ink of blue. 

What is the Two Penny Blue worth?

Two Penny Blue are ten times rarer, with twice the catalogue value, than its more historic sister, the Penny Black. Owing to the fact that sending such items through the post was a limited occurrence, only small quantities of the stamp were ever produced.

The first edition, from 1840, is by far the most sort after and valuable. The largest known surviving 38-stamp block of the Plate 1 printing of the 1840 the Two Penny Blue was sold in mint condition to King George V in the 1920s.