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I collect used stamps world wide: any used stamp of this list is very much apreciated.




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United Kingdom



gb1840

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

no previous stamps

1840 (Queen Victoria)

1840 complete 1840 want

1901 →

1901 want
The postal history of the United Kingdom is notable in at least two respects: first, for the introduction of postage stamps in 1840, and secondly for the establishment of an efficient postal system throughout the British Empire, laying the foundation of many national systems still in existence today.

The Victorian age saw an explosion of experimentation. The inefficiency of using scissors to cut stamps from the sheet inspired trials with rouletting (the Archer Roulette), and then with perforation, which became standard practice in 1854. In 1847,
the octagonal 1 shilling became the first of the British embossed postage stamps to be issued, followed by 10d stamps the following year, and 6d values in 1854.

Early British stamps were made with corner letters intended as a safeguard against forgery. Ranging from AA to TL (20 rows A-T by 12 columns A-L = 240 different stamps per sheet. The first stamps had 2 corner letters at the bottom, later on stamps had 4 corner letters, those in the upper corner were in reverse order (so you only read the bottom ones). If you realy want to go crazy: there are 4 types of lettering: somewhat smaller or heavier and slender or broader.
Surface-printed stamps first appeared in the form of a 4d stamp in 1855, printed by De La Rue, and subsequently became the standard type. ​1⁄2d (halfpenny) and ​1 1⁄2d (pronounced pennyhaypny or threehaypence) engraved stamps issued in 1870 were the last engraved types of Queen Victoria. Surface-printed stamps of the 1860s and 1870s all used the same profile of Victoria, but with a variety of frames, watermarks, plate numbers and corner lettering.

A 5-shilling (abbreviated as 5/- or 5s) stamp first appeared in 1867, followed by 10 shilling and £1 values in 1878, culminating in a £5 stamp in 1882.

A collector of this period should descide what to collect and what not: the Penny Reds are know with 152 plate numbers (so 152*240=36480 different possibilities for this one little stamp...), and I'm not starting about colour nuances rose-red to lake-red and some imperfs. This is a cheap stamp (except for the elusive plate 77), so ideal for collecting it with different number cancels, some of which from abroad). I love philately : collecting just this one stamp can take a lifetime !

The last major issue of Victoria was the "Jubilee issue" of 1887, a set of twelve designs ranging from ​1⁄2d to 1s, most printed in two colours or on coloured paper. (Although issued during the Jubilee year, they were not issued specifically for the occasion, and are thus not commemoratives.)


Before decimalisation in 1971, the pound was divided into 20 shillings and each shilling into 12 pence, making 240 pence to the pound. The symbol for the shilling was s. (from the Latin solidus), but often also written /-. The symbol for the penny was d. (from the French denier, and Latin denarius, both Roman coins). A mixed sum of shillings and pence, such as 3 shillings and 6 pence, was written as 3/6 or 3s.6d. and spoken as three and six or three and sixpence.
Finally some special names : a farthing = 1/4p, and a crown = 1/4 pound or 5 shillings.

18480011848001: TEN PENCE - Queen Victoria - Embossed (, imperforate) -
18540011854001: ONE PENNY - Queen Victoria with 2 corner letters (perf.16, re-engraved plates (die 2): the eye is eeply shaded, nostril and lips are thicker, watermark Small Crown) -
1854001-t3 : perf.16, re-engraved plates (die 2): the eye is eeply shaded, nostril and lips are thicker, watermark Small Crown (1855)
 
18540021854002: TWO PENCE - Queen Victoria with 2 corner letters (perf.16, watermark Small Crown) -
1854002-T1 : perf.16, watermark Small Crown (1854)
 
18540021854002: TWO PENCE - Queen Victoria with 2 corner letters (perf.14, watermark Small Crown) -
1854002-T2 : perf.14, watermark Small Crown (1855)
 
18540021854002: TWO PENCE - Queen Victoria with 2 corner letters (perf.16, watermark Large Crown) -
1854002-T3 : perf.16, watermark Large Crown (1855)
 
18540021854002: TWO PENCE - Queen Victoria with 2 corner letters (perf.14, watermark Large Crown) -
1854002-T4 : perf.14, watermark Large Crown (1855)
 
18540041854004: ONE SHILLING - Queen Victoria - Embossed -
18550011855001: FOUR PENCE - Queen Victoria (watermark small garter) -
1855001-T1 : watermark small garter (1855)
 
18550011855001: FOUR PENCE - Queen Victoria (watermark medium garter) -
1855001-T2 : watermark medium garter (1856)
 
18560021856002: ONE SHILLING - Queen Victoria without letters in corners -
18620011862001: THREE PENCE - Queen Victoria small white letters in cloverleaf - corners -
18620021862002: FOUR PENCE - Queen Victoria small white letters in corners -
18620031862003: SIX-PENCE - Queen Victoria small white letters in corners -
18620041862004: NINE PENCE - Queen Victoria small white letters in corners -
18620051862005: ONE SHILLING - Queen Victoria small white letters in corners -
18650041865004: NINE PENCE - Queen Victoria 4 large white corner letters -
18650051865005: ONE SHILLING - Queen Victoria 4 large white corner letters -
18670011867001: TEN PENCE - Queen Victoria 4 large white corner letters -
18670021867002: TWO SHILLING - Queen Victoria 4 large white corner letters -
18670031867003: 5 SHILLINGS - Queen Victoria -
18690011869001: SIX PENCE - Queen Victoria 4 large white corner letters, without hyphen -
18720011872001: SIX PENCE - Queen Victoria with 4 white corner letters (deep chestnut, chestnut or pale buff) -
18730031873003: ONE SHILLING - Queen Victoria with 4 colored corner letters -
18740011874001: SIX PENCE - Queen Victoria with 4 colored corner letters (grey-black) -
18760011876001: FOUR PENCE - Queen Victoria with 4 colored corner letters (orange, only watermark Large Garter) -
18760021876002: EIGHT PENCE - Queen Victoria (orange, only plate 1, only watermark Large Garter) -
18770011877001: FOUR PENCE - Queen Victoria with 4 colored corner letters (sage green) -
18780011878001: TEN SCHILLINGS - Queen Victoria (only plate 1) -
18780021878002: ONE POUND - Queen Victoria (only plate 1) -
18800021880002: FOUR-PENCE - Queen Victoria -
18800031880003: ONE SHILLING - Queen Victoria (brown orange) -
18800041880004: TWO SHILLING - Queen Victoria (siena, plate 1) -
18800081880008: TWO PENCE - Queen Victoria -
18810021881002: FIVE PENCE - Queen Victoria -
18810031881003: ONE SHILLING - Queen Victoria (orange) -
18820011882001: £5 FIVE POUNDS £5 - Queen Victoria -
18830011883001: 3 d [THREE PENCE] - Queen Victoria -
18830021883002: 6 d [SIX PENCE] - Queen Victoria -
18840061884006: 4d FOUR PENCE 4d - Queen Victoria -
18840091884009: 1S ONE SHILLING 1S - Queen Victoria -
18840111884011: 10S TEN SHILLINGS 10S - Queen Victoria -
18840121884012: £1 ONE POUND £1 - Queen Victoria (brown-lilac, beware of many fakes) -
18910011891001: £1 ONE POUND £1 - Queen Victoria (green) -




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