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Great Britain Rare Stamps

The United Kingdom postal service history is noted by two of the predominant milestones within the British postal industry; the first of which would be the introduction of postage stamps in 1840, secondly the establishment of the effective and efficient postage system within the British Empire, this then laid the foundations of many of the nationwide postal services used today.

In the 12th century England King Henry I appointed messengers to carry government letters. Henry III then provided the messengers with uniforms. Edward I then instituted posting houses for which to change the horses. Edward II’s reign introduced postal markings with the handwritten statement ‘’Haste, post haste’’.

The Royal Mail was set up in 1516 by Henry VIII who appointed Brian Tuke as ‘’Master of the Postes’’, Elizabeth I appointed a ‘’Chief Postmaster’’ for this role Queen Elizabeth I choose Thomas Randalph as the man for the job.

Under the reign of Charles I the Royal Mail was evolved further by the then Chief Postmaster in 1635 Thomas Witherings, by making the service available to the general public.

1661 was the year which Charles II appointed Henry Bishop to the role of the first Postmaster General (PMG), due to complaints regarding delayed letters Henry Bishop then introduced the Bishop mark which is a small circle stating the date and month within.

In following years the postage service expanded covering the whole of the country, many post offices where set up in towns large and small, each having their own individual post marks.

Within British history the postal service has served great importance to our nation spanning the past 500 years it has shown resilience to remaining a true embolism to our heritage and traditions.

To honour our great history of the British post service many rare prestigious stamps have been commissioned throughout the ages often to mark a special event in time.

It is often the desire of many collectors or maybe just admirers to possess a rare stamp, this being often the rarest stamps have the highest value due to the age, quality or so few being produced. These factors only add to the desire and the value of the stamps which are most rare.

Great Britain Rare Stamps
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GB Stamp KGV 1912 1d Bright Scarlet SG349
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7.00 buy  |  info
 
GB Stamps QEII 1956-57 set of 5 wmk sideways SG542a-545
8.00 buy  |  info
 
Great Britain 1955 5s Rose-Carmine SG537 Waterlow MNH
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22.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1902 5s Brt Carmine SG263 Fine Used
25.00 buy  |  info
       
GB 1918 2s6d Chocolate Brown Seahorse SG414
55.00 buy  |  info
 
Great Britain 1955 1 Pound Black SG539 Waterlow MNH
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75.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1883 High Values SG178-183a Fine Used
90.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1902 10s Ultramarine SG265 Very Fine Used
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95.00 buy  |  info
       
Barbara Castle House of Commons 1953 Cover
100.00 buy  |  info
 
GB Stamp QV 1900 1-2d Green Plate proof on Buff paper
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100.00 buy  |  info
 
Great Britain Stamps QV 1857-1887 Surface Printed Stamp Collection
120.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1905 2s6d Pale Dull Purple SG261
125.00 buy  |  info
       
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 2 (B-G) Fine Used
140.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 5 (F-J) Fine Used
140.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (P-J) Plate 7 Fine Used
140.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 6 (Q-A) Fine Used
145.00 buy  |  info
       
GB 1919 10s Dull Grey Blue Seahorse SG417
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145.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 2 (M-G) Fine Used
145.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 4 (Q-E) Fine Used
148.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 6 (M-J) Fine Used
150.00 buy  |  info
       
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 5 (C-H) Fine Used
150.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1936 10d Turq-Blue Control and Cylinder Block of 6 Fresh MNH
150.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (N-E) Pl 2 Fine Used
150.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 4 (K-A) Fine Used
152.00 buy  |  info
       
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 7 (L-K) Fine Used
155.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (H-B) Plate 2 Fine Used
155.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 6 (S-J) Fine Used
155.00 buy  |  info
 
Great Britain Queen Victoria 1840-1870 Line Engraved Stamp Collection
155.00 buy  |  info
       
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (L-A) Plate 2 Very Fine Used
155.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 3 (I-J) Fine Used
155.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 2 (J-E) Fine Used
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158.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 4 (J-G) Fine Used
160.00 buy  |  info
       
GB 1840 1d Penny Black SG2 Pl 2 (N-I) Fine Used
160.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (N-B) Plate 6 Re-Entry Fine Used
165.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (R-E) Pl 9 Fine Used
165.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (M-B) Plate 1a Very Fine Used
165.00 buy  |  info
       
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (C-L) Pl 9 Fine Used
170.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (E-H) Plate 6 Very Fine Used
170.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Penny Intence Black SG1 (P-D) Pl 6 Fine Used
175.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1934 Re-Engraved Seahorse set of 3 SG450-452
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195.00 buy  |  info
       
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (L-E) Plate 8 Fine Used
195.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Intence Penny Black SG1 (S-C) Plate 10 Fine Used
275.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1867-83 5s Rose SG134 Pl 4 Wmk Anchor Fine Used
320.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1940 KGVI 2s6d Booklet SG BD15 Edition 27
385.00 buy  |  info
       
Great Britain Stamps Box File.Cat value 7000 pounds.Value mix
445.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1929 1 Pound Black PUC SG438 Pristine
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495.00 buy  |  info
 
1840 1d Penny Black SG2 (D-F) Plate 2 Fine Used 1844 Type Cancel
550.00 buy  |  info
 
GB 1865 9d Straw SG98a Thick Paper A Fine and Fresh Mint
600.00 buy  |  info
       
1840 2d Blue Pl 1 SG5 (P-D Q-E) Fine and Fresh Used Block of 4
2,200.00 buy  |  info
 
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