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Penny Red With Maltese Cross Number 3

 
 
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Posted 08/25/2019   1:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add DanCafc1995 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi, does anyone have any information on this stamp? I inherited a set of stamps from my grandfather and this is one of them.
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Posted 08/25/2019   2:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chipg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The penny black was issued in 1840.
They decided to change the color from black to red in 1841.
They were issued imperforate until 1854.
Maltese crosses were used to cancel penny blacks and penny reds until 1844. Then they issued numeral cancellations for each office.

In 1843, the London chief office issued themselves a set of Maltese crosses with numbers in the center - 1 to 12. You have the number 3.
Interestingly, the number 3 is the only one without a small cross at the top.

Not a lot of value in that stamp, as it has no margins around the design. Interesting variety, though.
For other examples, See:
http://www.cgpostal.com/myvictoria/Slide71.JPG
http://www.cgpostal.com/myvictoria/Slide72.JPG
http://www.cgpostal.com/myvictoria/Slide73.JPG
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Posted 08/25/2019   5:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The 3 cancellation is the fifth rarest of the twelve. The 2018 Stanley Gibbons catalogue states a value of 225 but as Chip has rightly pointed out, your example has no margins so wouldn't be worth what Gibbons are quoting.

The challenge is finding all twelve numerals. The big challenge is finding them on cover!

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Posted 08/25/2019   6:52 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Further to Bobby's comments, here's a lot of seven four-margin copies with an estimate of 250

https://www.warwickandwarwick.com/a...logue/226052
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