Penny Black Postage Stamp
Penny Black is the world's first adhesive postage stamp, issued in
the U.K. in 1840. The portrait on the stamp is of a young Queen Victoria. The
offcial issue date of the stamp was May 6, however, the stamps were
used as early as May 1.
The stamp received its name by the fact it is black and
cost a penny. Before the Penny Black was issued, the receiver of
a letter was required to pay postage, however, after the issuance
of the Penny
the modern model of postage begun and pre-paid postage was implemented
to pay postage costs.
As shown in the Penny Black to the right, red ink was
used for cancellation of the stamp however as you can see the red cancellation
stamp does not show very well. In 1841, a new stamp was issued that
that same as the penny black (many of the old plates used for the Penny
black were used for the new stamp) but used red ink for the stamp and
used black ink for the cancellation. The
It is currently believed there are 1.5 million of the
original 68 million Penny Black stamps issued still in existence.