Classic British Stamps

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21 December 2012
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In our growing archive of classic British stamps, we profile the famous issues and explain why they are so popular with stamp collectors. ...

The world's first postage stamps were issued in Great Britain in 1840 and since then there have been an array of GB stamps each with an interesting story to tell.

In our growing archive of classic British stamps, we profile the famous issues and explain why they are so popular with stamp collectors.

Penny Black stamp

PENNY BLACK STAMP
1840 1d Black


The world's first postage stamp was issued in May 1840 and is eagerly collected by philatelists more than 170 years later. Find out more in our in-depth guide to the Penny Black.
   
Penny Red stamp 'PLATE 77' PENNY RED
1858-1879 1d Red


The background to the very scarce Plate 77 1d red stamps, created more than 150 years ago, is still shrouded in mystery, but the facts we do know are revealed in our classic GB stamps guide. Read about the 'Plate 77' Penny Red here.

 
 
TYRIAN PLUM
1910 2d unissued design


Millions of copies of this 1910 stamp were printed but the death of King Edward VII ensured almost all of the stamps would be destroyed. Those that survived are now very rare, as our guide to the Tyrian Plum stamp reveals.
   
 
1935 GB Prussian Blue PRUSSIAN BLUE
1935 2 1/2d Blue Error of Colour Stamp


The rare shade of the GB 1935 Silver Jubilee 2½d stamp is one of Britain's most famous errors. Find out more in our in-depth guide to the Prussian Blue.
   
 
CASTLE HIGH VALUES
1955 stamps of four values


Showing British castles and an image of the recently crowned Queen, the Castle High Values are still popular with collectors today. Find out more in our in-depth guide to the Castle High Value stamps.
   
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
       

 

 

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