Great Britain

Queen Victoria

Ascending to the throne in 1837 aged 18 she is most notably associated with Britain’s age of the Empire, as well as the country’s industrial expansion and economic progress. Rare Queen Victoria stamps are arguably the most valuable or sought-after stamps as the world's first adhesive stamp - The Penny Black - that features a portrait of the Queen was released in 1840. The stamp revolutionised the British postal system and made it affordable for anyone to send letters safely and securely. 

The Two Penny Blue went on sale a week later and it was designed to be used on parcels that weighed more than half an ounce. Less than a year later, the Penny Red was released to replace the iconic Black due to concerns the colour of the stamp could enable its re-use.

1870 saw the release of the Half Penny stamp which is most famous for being heaving criticised for its poor design. Although not as valuable as the earlier stamps it’s still a great addition to any collection and quite expensive in the right condition.

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GB 1887 SGO66 Official

Stock Code: P234001564

GB 1890 SGO68 Official

Stock Code: P234001567

GB 1840 SGME3 Cover - Very late 1865 usage

Stock Code: P234001534

GB 1877 SG156 Pl.1 Cover

Stock Code: P234001515

GB 1880-81 SG165/169 Mint - u/m set of five

Stock Code: P234001513

GB 1887 SG201wi Used

Stock Code: P234001512

GB 1840 SG2 Pl.5 Penny Black

Stock Code: P234001496

GB 1840 SG2 Pl.8 Penny Black

Stock Code: P234001501

GB 1840 SG2 Pl.8 Penny Black

Stock Code: P234001502

GB 1840 SG2 Pl.6 Penny Black

Stock Code: P234001497

GB 1840 SG2 Pl.2 Penny Black

Stock Code: P234001482

GB 1840 SG2 Pl.4 Penny Black

Stock Code: P234001488

Victoria’s marriage to beloved husband and close confidant Prince Albert in 1840, resulting in nine children, was said to have played an integral role in constitutionalising the monarchy as it is viewed today, with influence superseding the political power utilised by previous monarchs.

Following the passing of her husband in 1861, Victoria was said to have sunk into depression, rarely appearing in public until after the mid-1860s. Widely criticised for living in seclusion, she returned to performing public duties by opening Parliament in 1866. Victoria’s interest in foreign policy during the middle years of her reign was generally used to support peace and reconciliation and, in 1864, influenced her ministers not to intervene in the Prussia-Denmark war; additionally, her correspondence with the German Emperor aided in averting a second Franco-German conflict.

Following the Indian Mutiny of 1857, Victoria became Empress of India in 1877 and was subsequently recognised as a symbol for the British Empire. Despite maturing in age, Victoria continued to remain active in her duties until her death on 22 January 1901, ending a reign which lasted almost 64 years.