The Unique Christmas Gift
The most famous stamp in the world
The 1840 penny black needs no introduction…
It was the first and always will be.
It is the most popular answer to the question “Name a famous stamp”.
It has a legendary status. After all, the communications revolution it started changed the world as we know it.
It possesses a timeless and simplistic beauty, celebrating its 177th birthday in May this year.
It’s always the answer I give to the question:
“If I was to buy one stamp, what would you recommend?”
There is just something indefinable about it that sparks a feeling of excitement. As a boy, I thought of finding one as the holy grail of stamp collecting.
In China, they call it “The Black Penny”. They go mad for it there. In fact, collectors all over the world aspire to own one.
The penny black has an enduring appeal. I would suggest you don’t need to collect stamps to want to own one.
It is, after, all iconic and an important piece of history.
Because of that, it is the most traded stamp in the world.
Christmas Gift Options
I think giving someone a penny black for Christmas puts new meaning to the saying “it’s the thought that counts”. Let’s face it, it is unlikely anyone else will have thought to buy the same gift as you.
I have 3 penny black Christmas gift options for you. Which one you go for really depends on your budget.
If you are interested in looking at other penny blacks I have available, click the link below to view my entire selection:
A Family Heirloom
Apart from being a beautiful and thoughtful Christmas gift, the penny black has proven to be a sound investment throughout history.
Simple facts which make me believe penny blacks will prove a sound “nest egg” in the years ahead:
1. Declining supply - Although approximately 68 million were printed, there were no collectors in 1840 and most were simply thrown away after use. As a fragile item, the number available must diminish over time.
2. Rising demand**** – We are seeing a heightened interest in demand, thanks to market dynamics including:
a. Ageing worldwide population and “baby boomer” generation taking up hobbies on retirement
b. New demand from China. I’ve sold more penny blacks to China than the UK over the past seven years. The new middle class Chinese buyers see the “black penny” as a trophy asset.
c. The growth in the middle-class bracket of society with 2 billion further people expected to enter that bracket by 2030, according to Goldman Sachs
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue for 2007 and 2017 show the following prices for penny blacks:
As you would expect, the rarer “mint” penny blacks, with their original gum intact, have proven the strongest investment.
The growth rates over the past 10 years for fine used examples are quite a bit lower than their mint equivalent. However, compared to current bank savings interest rates, the annual growth rate of 3.6% is still attractive.
Irrespective of the rate of price appreciation, I think the penny black is the ideal family heirloom to pass down through generations.
An advance apology
I must apologise in advance. As I have such a limited number of penny blacks available, I may be unable to fulfil your order if someone gets in before you.
You can get in before anyone else by ordering through our website via the link below:
Alternatively, you can place your order by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will immediately reserve your stamp on receipt of your order.
Or, you can call me on +44(0) 117 933 9500.
As always, any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
PS. We will deliver your penny black FREE of charge wherever you are in the world.
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