Penny Black celebrates 175 year anniversary

Penny BlackStamp collectors across the East Midlands are preparing themselves for the release of a commemorative issue of the Penny Black, the world’s first postage stamp.


Today is the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black stamp, which revolutionised the postal service in Britain and subsequently, around the world.

Royal Mail will celebrate the anniversary of the Penny Black, which is believed to be the world’s first adhesive stamp in the postal system.

It was first issued in the UK on 1 May 1840, and the first one has sold on the market for a cool £140,000.

Before May 1840, people paid cash for their posts to be sent but the Penny Black revolutionised the postal service, including the charges depend on the weight of the packages rather than the distance.

Philip Parker of the Royal Mail said: “It is internet age and e-mails make it easier for people to communicate than ever before.

“But the universal service is still the principal that underpins Royal Mail’s service today.”

Douglas Harvey, a philatelist said:” They made 68 million penny black stamps, and 3/4 of them still exists.”

The London exhibition will commemorate and celebrate this landmark achievement that marked the beginning of the modern communications age and has brought so much pleasure to so many collectors ever since.

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