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1990 GOLD ISLE OF MAN 2 CROWN NGC GEM PROOF 2 OZ "PENNY BLACK ANNIVERSARY"

1990 GOLD ISLE OF MAN 2 CROWN NGC GEM PROOF 2 OZ "PENNY BLACK ANNIVERSARY"
1990 GOLD ISLE OF MAN 2 CROWN NGC GEM PROOF 2 OZ PENNY BLACK
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Country of Origin: Isle of Man

ISLE OF MAN - SELF GOVERNING BRITISH CROWN DEPENDENCY

REIGN OF ELIZABETH II (1952-PRESENT) - HOUSE OF WINDSOR

150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE "PENNY BLACK" STAMP (1840-1990)

CERTIFIED BY NGC GEM PROOF

OBV: CROWNED BUST OF ELIZABETH II RIGHT ("PEARL BLACK" FINISH); WITHIN GOLD BORDER.

REV: DIADEMED BUST OF QUEEN VICTORIA LEFT WITHIN POSTAGE STAMP ("PEARL BLACK" FINISH); WITHIN GOLD BORDER.

KM # 267B

THE PENNY BLACK STAMP WAS THE WORLD'S FIRST PUBLIC POSTAL ADHESIVE POSTAGE STAMP. IT WAS ISSUED IN 1840. SIR ROWLAND HILL, THE CREDITED INVENTOR OF THE POSTAGE STAMP, CREATED THE IDEA OF THE PRE-PAID ADHESIVE STAMP AS PART OF THE REFORMS HE INSTITUTED FOR THE BRITISH POSTAL SYSTEM.

AN IMAGE OF THE YOUNG QUEEN VICTORIA, AS REIGNING SOVEREIGN, WAS CHOSEN TO GRACE THE STAMP, AND ENGRAVERS CHARLES AND FREDRICK HEATH'S IMAGE FROM A SKETCH BY HENRY CORBOULD WAS SELECTED. THE SKETCH HAD BEEN BASED ON THE LIKENESS OF THE QUEEN ON A MEDAL BY THE ROYAL MINT CHIEF ENGRAVER WILLIAM WYON.

THE STAMP SHEETS WERE PRINTED IN BLACK INK, AND EACH STAMP COULD BE PURCHASED FOR ONE PENNY, HENCE, "PENNY BLACK". THE STAMPS WERE ISSUED FOR A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR BEFORE BEING REPLACED WITH "PENNY RED" STAMPS (THE CANCELLATION STAMP INK WAS HARD TO READ ON THE PENNY BLACKS).

CONTAINS 62.2 GRAMS OF .999 FINE GOLD (2 OZ AGW)

40MM IN DIAMETER

 ONLY 1,000 MINTED!

POBJOY MINT

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