Great Britain 1840 1d grey black Plate 1a, SG3.
A superb mint with original gum large four margin horizontal pair lettered FB-FC and a strip of three lettered FD-FF reforming an original strip of five. Light diagonal crease crosses the FB-FC, nevertheless a stunning multiple with fresh gum and a magnificent grey-black worn impression, the strip of five believed to be one of the largest surviving worn plate multiples from this plate.
The first printing plate of the penny black was registered on 15 April 1840. As the plate had not been hardened it soon showed signs of wear. The plate was withdrawn due to the wear and extensive repairs were undertaken. The first printings prior ro repairs are referred to as Plate 1a and the repaired state as Plate 1b.
Provenance: Ex. Percy de Worms & Grand Prix Gold Medal Winning Collection "Mayflower".
Accompanied with two certificates of authenticity from the British Philatelic Society (BPA) from 2006 & 2010.
The Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Queen Victoria Specialised Catalogue, last published in 2011, lists the value of a pair at £70,000 and a block of four at a value of £225,000.
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