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Kyrgyz post marks 175th anniversary of Penny Black stamp

Kyrgyz post marks 175th anniversary of Penny Black stamp

Kyrgyz Express post issued a souvenir sheet dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Penny Black stamp.

The souvenir sheet depicts the world’s first postage stamp, known in philately as the “Penny Black”. Penny Black stamp was put into circulation on May 6th, 1840 in Great Britain.

The souvenir sheet also features the commemorative ribbon with the dates “1840-2015” on the sheet background, as well as a picture of KEP’s first stamp issue, and a quote, in French, from Prince Rainier III of Monaco, saying that a stamp is the best ambassador of a country.

There is also a commemorative phrase, written in English, on the sheet background and there are logos of the biggest philatelic exhibitions, dedicated to the anniversary of the world’s first postage stamp. The exhibitions took place in May 2015 in Essen, Germany and London, UK.

The Penny Black stamp

The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system which features a profile of Queen Victoria. It is called so because of the miniature’s colour and face value of 1 penny.

To simplify the complex postal rates, Sir Rowland Hill proposed an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage. The Penny Black stamp allowed letters of up to half an ounce (14 g) to be delivered at a flat rate, regardless of distance.

The portrait of Victoria was engraved by Charles Heath and his son Frederick, based on a sketch provided by Henry Corbould. They are the only postage stamps in the world that do not show country of origin; the monarch’s image symbolises the United Kingdom.

The total print run was 286,700 sheets containing 68,808,000 stamps. The only known complete sheets of the Penny Black are owned by the British Postal Museum.

Kyrgyz post marks 175th anniversary of Penny Black stamp

Title: 175th anniversary of Penny Black stamp
Date of Issue: 2 July 2015
Country: Kyrgyz Express post
Denominations: 250.00 KGS

Source: Kyrgyz Express post

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