Price: 271.51 USD
Very Rare 1840 First Edition Two-Penny Blue with Presentation Folder & COA
Very Rare 1840 First Edition Two-Penny Blue with Presentation Folder & COA.
❖ Very Rare – Original 1840 First Edition Two Penny Blue
❖ Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and this very rare stamp are beautifully presented in the original Navy-Blue Presentation Folder
❖ Ten times scarcer than the Penny Black
Whilst the Penny Black rightfully remains the world's most famous stamp, the Twopenny Blue was issued just two days later and is often overlooked. Yet this is a stamp with more than twice the catalogue value of the Penny Black.
Issued for just a year and ten times scarcer than the Penny Black
The Twopenny Blue stamp was used to cover postage on packages weighing over half an ounce. Because sending any letter by post (let alone a small parcel) was alien to most people at the time, the stamp was rarely used, and therefore issued in much smaller quantities than the Penny Black.
The easy way to tell if your stamp is the sought after 1840 edition
When a Twopenny Blue is discovered, knowledgeable collectors make a quick yet important check to discover the age of the stamp. The reason being that although the stamp was issued for a number of years, the first edition from 1840 is by far the most scarce and valuable – yet it is easily identifiable.
The test is very simple. All you look for is a clear white line below the inscription 'POSTAGE' and above the words 'TWO PENCE' – a design amendment introduced early on 1841 – less than a year after the 1840 version was produced.
The absence of the white lines has caught the eye of many a collector. For this signifies they are looking at the elusive and highly sought after 1840 Twopenny Blue – a stamp that is now so much in demand that catalogue values have risen over 100% in just 12 years!
“This is to certify that this is an original first edition 1849 Two-Penny Blue”
Signed by the Managing Director, Stephen R Allen, Managing Director, The Westminster Collection Ltd (See enlargeable photos for further information)
The Stamp mount gives some background description on the history of the stamp and reads: The World’s Most Famous Stamps – The 1840 First Edition Two-Penny Blue
“On May 8th 1840, just forty-eight hours after the release of the historic Penny Black, the Two-Penny Blue was introduced to cover postage on packages weighing over half an ounce. Because sending any letter by post (let alone a small parcel) was alien to most people at that time, the stamp was very rarely used, and issued in much smaller quantities than the Penny Black.
“Indeed, although not as famous today as its legendary predecessor the first edition of the Two-Penny Value now has a catalogue value twice that of the Penny Black…… (please see photos for further information of the write up)
Type: Queen Victoria 1840 2d Blue Stamp in used, 3 margin condition with black Maltese cross stamp mark – Presented with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and presentation folder
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
CONDITION: This Westminster Collection – The World’s First Postage Stamps – original 1840 First Edition Two-Penny Blue is in great shape for its age (182 years old) and is accompanied by the original Certificate of Authenticity (COA) which are both presented together in a lovely navy-blue presentation folder. Please see enlargeable photos which form an integral part of this condition report).
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