The modern postal system is much different than it was prior to 1840. Today, when you go to the post office you pay for postage upfront or buy sheets of stamps to facilitate payment in advance for your letters to go across the city or around the world. You can thank the Penny Black for the modern pricing structure of postage. Right now, 2020 5 oz Proof Silver British Penny Black Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of a protective display box and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity!
- Commemorates the 180th anniversary of the first Penny Black stamps!
- Consists of Five Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a nominal face value of 5 Crowns from the Pobjoy Mint.
- The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II.
- On the reverse is Queen Victoria from the Penny Black stamp design.
- Proof visuals.
Each 2020 5 oz Proof Silver British Penny Black Coin is available to you with its own packaging. The coins in this release are individually housed inside of black presentation boxes and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Each proof coin has frosted design elements with mirrored background fields.
The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive stamp when it was introduced for use in 1840. These stamps helped revolutionize postage in the United Kingdom and around the world by establishing a flat-rate payment for mailing letters of a certain weight (14 grams) to any destination. Prior to the invention and release of the Penny Stamp and its postage system, all letters and parcels were paid for by the recipient based on the distance the package traveled and its weight.
The obverse face of the 2020 5 oz Proof Silver British Penny Black Coin includes the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is shown in this design with the George IV State Diadem Crown on her head. Part of the official crown jewels, the George IV State Diadem has 1,333 diamonds in it weighing more than 300 karats.
On the reverse side of 2020 5 oz Proof Silver British Penny Black Coins, you will find a depiction of the famed Penny Black stamp. The original stamp had a black field with a white depiction of Queen Victoria in the first-generation effigy of the monarch during her long 19th-century reign. Victoria is shown in left-profile relief on the stamp wearing the same crown her great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, wears on the obverse design of this coin.
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