Two rare penny red stamps 77 stamps and one penny black stamp

May 08, 2021. 07:01 UTC
Two Rare Penny Red Stamps 77 Stamps And One Penny Black Stamp
United States of America


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Description A dealer in the Channel Islands says it has acquired the "most valuable single stamp" it has ever had up for sale. Stanley Gibbons said the "plate 77 Penny Red" - thought to be worth £550,000 - was one of only five used examples of the stamp ever reported. A spokesman for the company said the Penny Reds were similar to the famous Penny Black, and although millions were printed on the so-called plate 77, the perforations did not line up correctly on some plates so were never released. He said only a tiny handful of plate 77 Penny Reds existed, which had got into the public domain by mistake. He added millions of collectors worldwide religiously checked every Penny Red they came across for the combination of two sevens, which he said was the "philatelic Holy Grail". Vince Cordell, of Stanley Gibbons, said: "This example has graced some of the finest stamp collections ever formed and is not only a magnificent exhibition piece but one of the great rarities of Great Britain and world philately."


These stamps were purchesed from a retired stamp dealer (Ron) in the USA. If you need more photos I will return to the safety deposit box to take them.

Answered within about 10 hours
May 08, 17:26 UTC
By Delia
The specialist needs more information

Hi Kirk,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
These stamps will need to be graded prior to appraisal.


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