A Stamp fit for a Queen

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2018-05-10 13:50:26

A rare chance to own a stamp once belonging to the Queen of England

It is a real privilege to own a stamp once belonging to the Queen of England.

There can be no better provenance.

Today’s stamp is exceptional in so many ways:

  • It was the first stamp issued from Cyprus
  • Today, it is widely acknowledged as a key rarity from the British Empire
  • It is in mint condition with original gum
  • Only two sheets of this stamp were ever issued, and most were used
  • Its colour remains fresh despite being 138 year’s old
  • The centring of the stamp is well above average for this stamp issue
  • The perforations are excellent

Surprisingly, despite this stamp’s rarity, quality and exceptional provenance you can buy it at a price that won’t break the bank.

Royal Provenance

I consider it a real honour to hold such an important rarity.

Particularly in light of the stamp’s impressive provenance and associations.

The stamp was once part of a block of 4 in the Royal Collection.

The Royal Philatelic Collection is the stamp collection of the British Royal family.

It is considered the most comprehensive philatelic collection of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth and contains many unique items.

The value of the collection is not public record but it is, without doubt, the most valuable and important stamp collection in the world.

King George V started the Royal Philatelic Collection in the late 1800s at a time when stamp collecting as a hobby was just starting to take off.

He once wrote:

I wish to have the best collection and not one of the best collections in England”.

King George VI later added significantly to the Collection, as has the current Queen.

It is a rare event for stamps to be sold from the Royal Collection. Usually such sales are made to fund other stamp purchases.


Not only was this the first stamp issued by Cyprus in 1880, it comes from a very rare printing plate.

There were only two sheets issued from Plate 19.

As you would expect, most of those were used for postage.

I am not aware of any other mint example of this stamp available to purchase in the open market at this time.

It is certainly the only one available you can purchase from the Royal Philatelic Collection

Cyprus 1880 (1 Apr) ½d rose, type 1 overprint on GB, plate 19, lettered "JE", Mint. Accompanied with British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate, 1971. 

SG No. 1

SG Catalogue Price: £5,000

Offer Price: £3,250

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A Little Bit of Cypriot Postal History 

Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean located south of Turkey. It is the third most populous island in the Mediterranean with a population of just over 1 million people.

It is an island of natural beauty and a popular tourist resort. It is also one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean with a rich culture and history that spans 10,000 years.

The island’s postal history is intricately linked to its political past.

Postal services existed during the Venetian and Ottoman periods of occupation. The Ottoman postal service operated from Nicosia (the capital of Cyprus) from 1871.

The British administration of Cyprus began on 11 July 1878. The island was at that time received as a protectorate from the Ottoman Empire in exchange for Britain’s military support to the Ottoman Empire.

Initially, British stamps were employed, identified by the numbered cancels used.

The first postage stamps marked Cyprus were British stamps overprinted “CYPRUS” from 1880.

From the 15 printing plates used in Britain for the ½d denomination, only three were overprinted by the famous printers, De La Rue in London.

These were plates 12,15 and 19. Plate 19 is the scarcest as only two sheets were overprinted from that printing plate.

On 1 July 1881, Cyprus began issuing postage stamps specifically for their own use, rather than being overprinted British stamps.

Fair Value

The Stanley Gibbon’s catalogue price for this stamp is currently £5,000 ($6,797).

The example I have on offer for you is well above average condition for this rare printing plate.

The only minor faults I mention for accuracy are some minor toning and the slightest trace of hinging.

Regardless, I have not seen a better quality example of this stamp anywhere else before.

As such, my offer price of £3,250 ($4,418), a discount of 35% is exceptional value for such a hard to find rarity. 

Mint examples of Cyprus SG1, plate 19 are far more difficult to find than the current catalogue price suggests.

Consequently, there is plenty room for future price appreciation making this a shrewd investment piece.

Don’t miss out

To summarise:

  • A rare opportunity to own a stamp from the Royal Philatelic Collection
  • Notoriously difficult to find in mint condition
  • At a fair price

Click here to buy now

Call me immediately on +44(0)1534 639998.

Or email me today at mike@paulfrasercollectibles.com.

Thank you for reading and happy collecting.

Kind regards


Mike Hall

CEO, Just Collecting

PS. Interesting fact: Unlike the Crown Jewels, the Royal Stamp Collection belongs to the Queen personally instead of the nation.

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