Friday, 8 November 2013

Stamps featuring Inverts - Update

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Subcategory - Stamps on Stamps  - Inverts

Gambia 2004 Rare and Famous Postage Stamps miniature sheet featuring the inverted Jenny

Issue date 04 June 2004

The miniature sheet issued by Gambia Post features a Stamp on Stamp of the Inverted Jenny which is one of the category under which this miniature sheet is filed.

The Inverted Jenny (also known as an Upside Down Jenny or Jenny Invert) is a United States postage stamp first issued on May 10, 1918 in which the image of the Curtiss JN-4 airplane in the center of the design appears upside-down; it is probably the most famous error in American philately. Only one pane of 100 of the invert stamps was ever found, making this error one of the most prized in all philately. 

The British Guiana 1c magenta is regarded by many philatelists as the world's most famous stamp. It was issued in limited numbers in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1856, and only one specimen is now known to exist.

The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was issued in Britain on 1 May 1840, for official use from 6 May of 1840.
The idea of an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage was part of Sir Rowland Hill's 1837 proposals to reform the British postal system; it was normal then for the recipient to pay postage on delivery. A companion idea, which Hill disclosed on 13 February 1837 at a government enquiry, was that of a separate sheet that folded to form an enclosure or envelope for carrying letters. At that time postage was charged by the sheet and on the distance traveled.

The Benjamin Franklin Z Grill, or simply "Z-Grill", is a 1-cent postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service in February 1868 depicting Benjamin Franklin. While stamps of this design were the common 1-cent stamps of the 1860s, the Z-Grill is distinguished by having the so-called "Z" variety of a grill pressed into the stamp, creating tiny indentations in the paper. The 1-cent Z-Grill is generally cited as the rarest and most valuable of all US postage stamps.

There are currently only two known 1-cent 1868 Z-Grills, both with cancellation marks. One is owned by the New York Public Library as part of the Benjamin Miller Collection. This leaves only a single 1-cent 1868 Z-Grill in private hands.

5-cent red brown stamp depicting Benjamin Franklin (the first postmaster of the U.S.) - The first U.S. Postage stamp issues were authorized by an act of US Congress and approved on March 3, 1847. The earliest known use of the Franklin 5¢ is July 7, 1847.

This stamp were declared invalid for postage on July 1, 1851.

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Stamps featuring Inverts

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