Great Britain 1840 1d, Plate 1b, June 11th 1840 the earliest date of use SG2
Great Britain 1840 1d, Plate 1b, June 11th 1840, the earliest date of use. PB 'original re-entry' used on piece with "P/JU-11/1840" London Chief Office Evening Duty circular datestamp.
This is the earliest known date of use of this printing plate and, as such, is a very important historical piece in early GB postal history.
The "Postage Stamps of Great Britain Part One" by J.B. Seymour & Gardiner-Hill and the Stanley Gibbons volume 1 specialised catalogue both state that "The earliest recorded use of Plate 1b for printing is 8 June 1840 (the believed date of the earliest repair to plate 1 was May 23rd) and the earliest known postal use is 12 June 1840. SG2.
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