Great Britain 1840 1d intense black, Plate 1a. Very fine used four margin example lettered SD, neatly tied to entire cover by a red Maltese Cross. Addressed to Warwick with a "TP/High Holborn Ec" receiving handstamp alongside adhesive and a superb London circular date stamp for MY.8.1840 on reverse. A magnificent early "May Date" cover accompanied with a clear 2008 British Philatelic Society (BPA) certificate of authenticity. Very rare and desirable early usage of the first printing of the world's first postage stamp. SG1.
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