The Penny Black

     The idea of this section is to allow users to compare the lettering positions of the stamps from various plates in order that they might be able to assign any given
     stamp to a specific plate, or at least to a group of plates. The accumilation of the pictures contained within this section have taken a long time to assemble and
     they are presented here for the benifit of all those intrested in this area of philatelic study.

     below is a grid showing the letter combinations as they appeared on the completted sheet. To view the pictures, click on one of the sheet possitions.

     On the pages which illustrate each stamp, please note that the plate numbers appear below the impression.

     If you have a stamp which is not shown here, we would be most greteful for permission to include it so as to make this refrence as complette as possible. (We
     can be at emailed from here.) Items of special intrest are black stamps where only red printings are illustrated, (and visa versa), as well as examples which
     show diffrent cancellations to those illustrated, (either a diffrent type or colour).


     In addition to the general issue of the Penny Black Postage stamps on the 1st May 1840, (avalible for use by the public from the 6th May), a special printing
     was made of the stamps for official use by covernment departments. These can easily be identified by the addition of the letters V and R in the top corners
     replaceing the stars.

     NOTE     some of the images link to additional illustrations and information.


The Penny Blacks - Select a lettering from the grid below       The Two Pence Blues - Click here to switch to this section       The VR Official Penny Blacks - Click here to switch to this section
1D Blacks                         2D Blues                         VR Officials


Select a lettering from the grid below or select a diffrent issue using the images above

PENNY BLACKS

Click here for a larger scan of the complette sheet in black     
AA
AB
AC
AD
AE
AF
AG
AH
AI
AJ
AK
AL
BA
BB
BC
BD
BE
BF
BG
BH
BI
BJ
BK
BL
CA
CB
CC
CD
CE
CF
CG
CH
CI
CJ
CK
CL
DA
DB
DC
DD
DE
DF
DG
DH
DI
DJ
DK
DL
EA
EB
EC
ED
EE
EF
EG
EH
EI
EJ
EK
EL
FA
FB
FC
FD
FE
FF
FG
FH
FI
FJ
FK
FL
GA
GB
GC
GD
GE
GF
GG
GH
GI
GJ
GK
GL
HA
HB
HC
HD
HE
HF
HG
HH
HI
HJ
HK
HL
IA
IB
IC
ID
IE
IF
IG
IH
II
IJ
IK
IL
JA
JB
JC
JD
JE
JF
JG
JH
JI
JJ
JK
JL
KA
KB
KC
KD
KE
KF
KG
KH
KI
KJ
KK
KL
LA
LB
LC
LD
LE
LF
LG
LH
LI
LJ
LK
LL
MA
MB
MC
MD
ME
MF
MG
MH
MI
MJ
MK
ML
NA
NB
NC
ND
NE
NF
NG
NH
NI
NJ
NK
NL
OA
OB
OC
OD
OE
OF
OG
OH
OI
OJ
OK
OL
PA
PB
PC
PD
PE
PF
PG
PH
PI
PJ
PK
PL
QA
QB
QC
QD
QE
QF
QG
QH
QI
QJ
QK
QL
RA
RB
RC
RD
RE
RF
RG
RH
RI
RJ
RK
RL
SA
SB
SC
SD
SE
SF
SG
SH
SI
SJ
SK
SL
TA
TB
TC
TD
TE
TF
TG
TH
TI
TJ
TK
TL
      Click here for a larger scan of the complette sheet in red