Between 1858-1879, Victorians used the set of four stamps, pictured on the top line, to send their mail.
Today, together with the five stamps pictured below them, they are among the most sought after ‘sets’ of Victorian stamps available.
Here’s why. The set of four were printed using a method known as ‘line engraving’. However, it was soon discovered that the cunning forgers of the day had found a way to wash the postmarks off and re-use the stamps.
Enter the Fraud Busters
To counter this fraud and the subsequent loss of revenue, a new method of printing was adopted. Known as ‘surface printing’, it ensured that any attempt at ‘washing off’ would spoil the stamps.
The ground-breaking 1880-1881 series
The ground-breaking 1880-1881 series of stamps was produced in this fashion. Initially covering the same values as the stamps they replaced, in March 1881 an indigo 5d stamp was added to the series – the letter rate to India. Significantly, this was the FIRST EVER 5d stamp to be issued in Britain.
The Victorian ‘Fraud-Busters’ Collection
Today you can own a superb collection of 9 stamps – including the 5d stamp – in the fascinating Victorian ‘Fraud-Busters’ Collection.
The set of nine stamps includes all four ‘line engraved’ stamps of 1858-1879 together with their ‘surface printed’ replacements of 1880-1881. Giving you nine stamps that truly deserve their chapter in the exciting tale of British postal legend.
Secure yours today with an initial deposit of JUST £22.50, followed by nine further interest-free instalments, please act now before it’s too late.
Great Britain First Low Value Sets with Certificate of Authenticity and Folder
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- Nine stamps in total between 1858-1881
- Includes the 1/2d, 1d, 1 1/2d, 2d of 1858-1879, & 1/2d, 1d, 1 1/2d, 2d& 5d of
- Presented with a certificate and presentation folder