France's First Ever Postage Stamp - just 50 available
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France's First Ever Postage Stamp - just 86 available

First Ever French Postage Stamp
First Ever French Postage Stamp (1)

France's First Ever Postage Stamp - just 86 available

It's been two years since we were last able to offer this exciting 'first'...

Britain and France have been trying to outdo each other for centuries. But there is no denying which country issued the first postage stamp, that honour went to Great Britain in 1840. In fact, it wasn’t until 1849 that France issued their first postage stamp - the 20c Ceres Black.

The French Penny Black

Like many stamps of that era, the 20c Ceres Black bears more than a resemblance to its British cousin. With France being a republic the stamp does not feature a monarch like the Penny Black, instead it features an effigy of the Roman goddess Ceres on a black background.

Extremely Limited

And just like the Penny Black, it led a relatively short life which adds to its appeal today. It was discovered that the black cancellations were occasionally masked and the stamp was easily reused and it was replaced the following year.

The last time we were able to offer the 20c Ceres Black it sold out within days. After years of searching we have managed to get another small stock. But with JUST 86 available you’ll need to act quickly to secure yours.

Ensure you don’t miss out on this philatelic first by securing yours today .

Order Ref 185/N803/0
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Price £95.00 (+ £3.99 p&p)


  • Comes housed in a Presentation Folder with a Certificate of Authenticity

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