What's your favourite 19th-century stamp?


12 February 2013
imports_CCGB_thepennyblacktheworl_43509.jpg The Penny Black, the world's first postage stamp
Postage stamps have been issued for more than 170 years, but many of the most classic designs were issued in those first years of the stamp. Now we want to know, what is your favourite stamp issued in the 1800s? ...
What's your favourite stamp from the 1800s?

At first glance it seems like a relatively straightforward question, but with so many classic stamps issued during those first years of the postage stamp, the choice can be a difficult one.

We'll be celebrating the Classic Stamps of the 1800s in a future issue of Stamp & Coin Mart, with experts selecting the most notable stamps from the period. But we also want to include the views of collectors.

Brazil Bull's Eye stampThe famous Penny Black stamp was issued in May 1840, and many other countries followed suit in subsequent years.

Stamps for Swiss Cantons were first issued in 1843, and Brazil's famous 'Bull's Eye' stamps (pictured) - named after their circular design - came into use in the same year. The stamps of the USA were first issued in 1847, by which time many countries, including much of the British Empire, had issued postage stamps.

With a variety of printing methods, designs and perforations (the perforated stamp was introduced in 1854), the Victorian era provides we modern collectors with a myriad of stamps to choose from. So which is your favourite?

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