First issued in June and August 1913, on the cusp of World War I, the definitive high value “Seahorses” remain one of the most iconic British stamps to date.
This is primarily due to their high-quality engraving and intricate design, depicting Britannia on her chariot pulled by three horses through rough seas, accompanied by a striking portrait of King George V.
These elegant stamps were designed by the renowned Australian sculptor, Bertram Mackennal and issued in four colours and values: brown (2s 6d), red (5s), blue (10s) and green (£1). During this turbulent era of war and economic turmoil the stamps were a symbol of patriotism and camaraderie; depicting Britain and the Empire as ‘The ruler of
The longevity of the issue, coupled with the powerful Britannia design, explains why they were and still are so popular with collectors.