Great Britain 1840 2d Blue Plate 1, SG5
Great Britain 1840 2d Blue Plate 1, SG5.
A very fine used closed to large four margin example lettered 'BI', neatly tied to an entire envelope by a crisp red Maltese Cross.
Sent from Plymouth to Cambridge and backstamped by a Plymouth dispatch circular date stamp for JY.26.1840. London transit circular date stamp for JY.27.1840. and a Cambridge arrival circular date stamp for JY.28.1840.
The contents of the enclosed letter regards the family history and also bears a lovely adhesive of the family coat of arms.
A most attractive piece of early British postal history featuring a lovely example of the two penny blue, which was issued at the same time as the penny black. The two penny blue is, however, 10 times rarer than the penny black.
Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £2,750.
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