Great Britain, May 6, 1840 First Issues Collectors Club of stamps and philatelic material

Great Britain

Wednesday, May 6, 1840.

The worlds first postage stamp, the first of all philatelic first issues.


Great Britain Scott #1

Imperforate, line engraved.


Watermark Small Crown
Watermark Small Crown
The worlds first postage stamps.
Date Description Die Plates # issued Scott # Stanley Gibbons #
May 6, 1840 1d black I 1 - 11 68,808,000 1 1-3
May 8, 1840 2d blue I 1 - 2 6,614,880 2 4

All issue quantities are approximate.

 

1 penny black plates.
Registered / Retired Plate Sheets Copies
Apr. 27, 1840 - Dec. 11, 1841 1a 17,000 4,080,000
Apr. 27, 1840 - Dec. 11, 1841 1b 30,000 7,200,000
Apr. 27, 1840 - Nov. 19, 1841 2 30,000 7,200,000
May 9, 1840 - Oct. 1840 3 20,000 4,800,000
Jan. 27, 1840 - Jan. 9, 1841 4 35,000 8,400,000
Jan. 27, 1840 - Nov. 12, 1841 5 36,000 8,640,000
Jan. 27, 1840 - Jan. 9, 1841 6 38,000 9,120,000
Jan. 27, 1840 - Jan. 9, 1841 7 25,000 6,000,000
Jan. 27, 1840 - Sep. 8, 1841 8 30,000 7,200,000
Jan. 27, 1840 - Oct. 7, 1843 9 16,000 3,840,000
Jan. 27, 1840 - Feb. 21, 1843 10 9,000 2,160,000
Jan. 27, 1841 - Jan. 15, 1842 11 700 168,000
Total 286,700 68,808,000


2 pence blue plates.
Registered / Retired Plate Sheets Copies
May 2, 1840 - Dec. 11, 1841 1 16,962 4,070,880
Jul. 18, 1840 - Feb. 1841 2 10,600 2,544,000
Total 27,562 6,614,880

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