The Kirkcudbright penny black first day cover



2015-06-26 10:52:22

The Kirkudbright penny black first day cover is a first day cover with 10 penny blacks affixed, mailed on 6 May 1840. Around 78 genuine penny black first day covers are known to exist. The Kirkudbright cover is the only one with more than two stamps.


The Kirkudbright cover was offered for sale in May 1968 by Harmers where it sold for £4,800.

In 1990 the cover was exhibited in the Court of Honour at the Stamp World London exhibition.

November 1991 saw the cover go unsold at a David Feldman auction.

The cover was once again offered for sale in June 1998 selling at a Stanley Gibbons Limited auction for £220,000 plus premium.

In 2001 the cover was acquired by The Royal Philatelic Collection.

Royal Philatelic Collection

The cover now forms part of The Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

At the time of purchase the Press Sceretary to the Queen announced ‘The envelope bearing the stamps is being purchased from Stanley Gibbons Limited, having been available to the intemational collector market. The purchase of the envelope, worth £250,000, is be funded by the sale of surplus duplicate material from King George V’s collection at public auction. Independent advice is being taken to ensure that the duplicate material being sold to fund this purchase can be disposed of without detriment to the collection. The resulting funds will be used to purchase the envelope and any arising capital gains tax; any surplus will be spent on further enhancing acquisitions.’

The surplus stamps were later auctioned by Spink and Son.

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