In 1840 an innovative new idea was launched that was destined to transform the way we communicate with each other and the postage stamp was born.

The Penny Black became the world's first postage stamp, a symbol of the wonderful era of innovation during the 19th century. It may surprise you to know that despite its world fame, the Penny Black was only ever issued for a little over a year.The stamps bore the image of a young Queen Victoria in profile, a design which remained unchanged throughout her entire reign. 

Featuring a stunning rendition of the  from ‘Plate 11’ the rarest type of the 1840 Penny Black this solid silver 175th Anniversary coin is layered in black ruthenium gold, to achieve the appearance of the Penny Black stamp.

  • Struck to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black
  • Struck in Sterling Silver
  • Layered with black ruthenium gold to achieve the appearance of the Penny Black stamp
  • Proof quality - the highest possible quality
  • Motif features a rendition of the Penny Black stamp from ‘Plate 11’ which is the rarest type of the 1840 Penny Black stamp
  • The coin is housed in a bespoke display case complete with Certificate of Authenticity 
Specifications
Metal:
.925 Sterling Silver layered in Black Ruthenium Gold
Quality:
Proof
Weight:
28.28g
Diameter:
38.6 mm
Issuing Authority:
The Government of Gibraltar
Denomination:
5 Pounds
Year of issue:
2015
Mintage limit:
9,999