Queen Victoria Stamps


Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901. It was during her reign that saw the first postage stamps issued, marking a pivotal moment in the history for postal services. The first postage stamp in the world, the Penny Black, was issued in 1840. This iconic stamp featured a profile of Queen Victoria, was line engraved by William Wyon, and printed in black ink.

The Penny Black revolutionized the way mail was handled and transformed the postal system, as it allowed for prepaid postage. Prior to its introduction, mail was sent and it was the recipient’s responsibility to pay for the mail upon delivery. With the Penny Black, the sender paid the postage upfront and stuck the stamp to the envelope, signifying that postage had been paid.

While the Penny Black is perhaps the most famous stamp associated with Queen Victoria, it was followed by a series of other stamps throughout her reign, each bearing her likeness and marking different denominations and designs. One notable successor to the Penny Black was the Penny Red, introduced in 1841, which featured a profile of Queen Victoria similar to that of the Penny Black but in a red hue.

Over the years, various other denominations and designs were introduced, catering to different postal rates and services. These stamps not only facilitated the efficient delivery of mail but also served as symbols of the British Empire's reach, as they were used in territories around the world.

Additionally, during Queen Victoria's reign, there were experimental issues, commemorative stamps, and regional stamps, adding to the diversity and richness of philatelic material associated with her era.

A variety of printing processes were used during her reign, namely Line Engraving, Surface Printing, Typography & Embossing:

Line Engraving

The earliest stamps, such as the Penny Black and Penny Red, were printed using line engraving. This process involved the meticulous engraving of the stamp design onto a metal plate, typically made of steel. Skilled engravers would carve the design into the plate, creating intricate lines and details. Ink would then be applied to the plate, and it would be pressed onto the paper to transfer the design. Line engraving resulted in sharp, finely detailed stamps with raised ink impressions.

Surface Printing

As technology advanced, surface printing methods became more prevalent. Surface printing involved transferring the inked design from a flat printing surface, such as a lithographic stone or metal plate, onto the paper. This process allowed for faster production of stamps and could accommodate more complex designs. Surface-printed stamps often featured a smoother appearance compared to line-engraved stamps.

Typography

Some stamps during Queen Victoria's reign were produced using typography, a printing process that involved arranging movable type or plates with raised characters to form the desired text and design. Typography allowed for efficient mass production of stamps, particularly for simple designs and text-based elements.

Embossing

Embossed stamps were also issued during Queen Victoria's reign. This process involved pressing the stamp design into the paper to create a raised, three-dimensional effect. Embossed stamps were often used for official documents and had a distinctive tactile quality.

Along with these various printing processes, each creating its own unique characteristics and aesthetic appeal, there were variations in paper types, perforations and watermarks, all adding to the complexity and intrigue of collecting Queen Victoria stamps.

Queen Victoria's stamps remain highly collectible items today, cherished by philatelists and historians alike for their historical significance, intricate designs, cultural impact and a way of connecting to postal history and the Victorian era.

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Niger Coast 1894 1s Black SG50 Fine Used (2)
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Niger Coast 1894 2 1/2d Carmine-Lake SG48 Fine Used (2)
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Niger Coast 1894 2 1/2d Carmine-Lake SG48 Fine Used (3)
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Niger Coast 1894 2 1/2d Carmine-Lake SG48 Good MM
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Niger Coast 1894 2 1/2d Carmine-Lake SG48a Good MM
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Niger Coast 1894 2d Green SG47 Good MM
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Niger Coast 1894 5d Grey-Lilac SG49 Fine MM
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Niger Coast 1894 5d Lilac SG49a Fine MM
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Niger Coast 1894 1s Black SG50 Fine Used
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Niger Coast 1894 2 1/2d Carmine-Lake SG48 Fine Used
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Niger Coast 1894 2 1/2d Carmine-Lake SG48 Fine Used Block of 4
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Niger Coast 1894 2d Green SG47 Good Used
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Niger Coast 1894 5d Grey-Lilac SG49 V.F.U
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Niger Coast 1894 5d Lilac SG49a Good Used
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Niger Coast 1894 1/2d Vermilion SG45 Fine MM
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St Helena 1873 6d Ultramarine SG16a Fine Used (3)
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St Helena 1876 1d Lake SG21 P.14 x 12.5 Fine Used
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St Helena 1876 1d Lake SG21 P.14 x 12.5 Good MM
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St Helena 1876 2d Yellow SG22 P.14 x 12.5 Fine Used
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St Helena 1876 3d Purple SG23 P.14 x 12.5 Good Used
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St Helena 1876 4d Carmine SG24 P.14 x 12.5 Fine Used
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