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Post Office Mauritius - Blue Penny / Red Penny


Issue Date

September 20, 1847

Issuer

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Known For

Also known as Blue Penny/Red Penny, one of the rarest stamps in the world.
Has the words "Post Office" instead of "Post Paid".
First stamps of Britian to be produced outside of the United Kingdom.

Approximate Value

€1 million pounds sterling

History

A design created by Joseph Barnard (1816-1865), whose initials are engraved on the neck of the queen on Post Office Mauritius Stamps. A copper plate of 3.25 inches by 2.5 inches was used to engrave the design. 240 pieces of this stamp was sold before it was realized that words on the stamp should be "Post Paid" and not "Post Office".

There are only 26 known copies of the Post Office Mauritius Stamps that have survived to this day. One Penny: 12 cancelled, 2 mint. Two Penny: 6 cancelled, 6 mint. They are mostly in the hands of private collectors, but are on display at the British Museum in London and the Blue Penny Museum in Mauritius.

Mauritius was the 5th British colony (and country) to issue postage stamps.

Most of the stamps were sent out in some ball invitation letters sent out by Mauritius' governer's wife (Lady Gomm):


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