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06 May 2020

Penny Black 180th Anniversary

Great Britain: Penny Black 180th Anniversary – sheet of 25, 6 May 2020. Images from eBay and private collection.

Technical Specifications:

Issued on: 2020-05-06
Size: 121 x 140 mm
Colors: Multicolor
Printing: Offset lithography
Denomination: 1st Class
Description: Sheet of 25 with margin inscriptions. Face value £0.76 per stamp on day of issue.

Article published by Linn’s Stamp News on 14 May 2020:

World Stamps

Special pane marks Penny Black’s 180th anniversary

May 14, 2020, 3 PM

By Denise McCarty

Great Britain’s Royal Mail celebrated the 180th anniversary of the Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, by issuing a special pane of stamps on May 6.

The pane includes 25 nondenominated first-class stamps with a stamp-on-stamp design of the 1840 1-penny black stamp showing Queen Victoria (Great Britain Scott 1).

According to Royal Mail, the stamps in the new pane are the same as the gummed first-class stamps issued May 6, 2015, for the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black (Scott 3993a).

The new pane includes inscriptions on the selvage attached to the stamps. The inscription at the top of the pane reads, “180th Anniversary of the Penny Black 6 May 1840– 6 May 2020.”

Inscriptions on the left side and at the bottom paraphrase those found on sheets of 240 of the 1840 Penny Black. At the time, postage stamps were called “labels.”

Inscribed in the left margin of the anniversary pane is “Place the labels above the address and towards the right-hand side of the letter.”

At the bottom is “Price 76p per label. £3.80 per row of 5. £19.00 per sheet.”

The date on which the new pane was printed “25/02/20” is among the inscriptions in the selvage on the right.

The pane measures 121 millimeters by 140mm.

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