Great Britain - Stamp Auctions

In 1661 British Royal Mail, created the world's first stamped-mail service by adopting the “Bishop marks" so that no letter Carrier may delay a letter from post to post. In 1680 William Dockwra opened an independent postal service for local delivery in London using “Penny Post Paid” for payment marking. Within two years British post shut down Dockwra’s service, but continued operating a local “Penny Post” using a remarkably similar triangular stamp. Letters marked with Dockwra’s original stamps are extremely rare and bring high prices in stamp auctions.

The next big innovation in postal services was when Rowland Hill proposal for prepaid letters and suggested that postage be uniformly charged by weight, rather than destination. To ensure payment he proposed the use of adhesive stamps and in May 1840, Britain’s first adhesive stamps were on sale to the public. These first two stamps, known as the Penny Black and Two Pence Blue, featured the portrait of Queen Victoria, “Postage” along the top and the price along the bottom, the name "Great Britain" were not included and this tradition continues as of today. The stamps were cancelled by canceller shaped like a Maltese cross and required colored ink.For the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 held in London the first commemorative sets were issued showing the bust of King George V and a symbolic roaring lion. Only in 1953 after the crowing of QE II set was issued GB adopted the trend of issuing set of stamps commemorating national event.

Collecting GB stamps is very popular as being the innovators of postage stamps and therefor our great hobby of stamp collecting. King George IV was a great collector and his collections are kept by British Crown.

Lot 2071 - -  FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain -  A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

Lot 2071 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

4d QV 1877 sage-green (plate 15), u. (SG 153-325GBP).

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Lot 2066 - -  FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain -  A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

Lot 2066 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

1s. green of "Queen Victoria" issue, u. VF. (Stanley Gibbons 72).

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Lot 2073 - -  FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain -  A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

Lot 2073 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

2s6d 1883-84 QV lilac, u. (SG 178).

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Lot 2065 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

2d 1858-79 QV blue perf. 14 in pair on fragment. Plate 12, u. (SG 45).

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Lot 2072 - -  FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain -  A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

Lot 2072 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

3d rose 1881 QV plate 21, u/m. Certificate Raybaudi (1999). (SG 158-500GBP).

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Lot 2076 - -  FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain -  A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

Lot 2076 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

5d. dull green, u. (SG. 193).

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Lot 2070 - -  FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain -  A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

Lot 2070 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

6d grey 1876 QV plate 15, u/m. Certificate Raybaudi (1999). (SG 147-500GBP).

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Lot 2067 - -  FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain -  A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

Lot 2067 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

2X3d 1862-64 QV carmine-rose on fragment, u. (SG 76).

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Lot 2068 - -  FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain -  A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

Lot 2068 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

6d lilac 1862 QV, u/m. Certificate Raybaudi (1999). (SG 84-2200GBP).

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Lot 2069 - - FOREIGN COUNTRIES Great Britain - A. Karamitsos Auction 667 WEB Philatelic Auction

2 1/2d rosy mauve 1876 QV plate 4, u/m. Certificate Raybaudi (1999). (SG 141-500GBP).

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