Every stamp collector aspires to owning an original Penny Black
Nicola Roberts, general manager at Penny Blacks
Wine & Ale House, said: "We love our current waterfront positioning and with all the exciting redevelopments taking place at The Mailbox we thought it would be a good time to refresh our own venue.
The collection includes the very finest examples of the penny black
and two pence blue, printed envelopes and letters relating to another of her private passions: Victorian sensations and scandals.
Lots include the UK's famous Penny Black
stamp, Indian rupees used by GCC countries before 1959, Saudi stamps dating back to the 1920s, a wooden Bahraini camera from the 1960s and a rare Coca-Cola bottle more than 100 years old.
I've seen the Penny Black
example Jim's holding in the photograph.
Emma Moore, of the Royal Mail, said staff had been shocked to find out that there were so few Penny Blacks
across the UK.
The first Penny Blacks
had to be cut from a sheet using scissors.
After the show, the sheet of Penny Blacks
will go on permanent public display for the first time when The Postal Museum opens its doors in spring 2017.
The blockbuster Bath Penny Black
(below), sold by Aqueduct Auctions, and (left) the largest known multiple of Penny Blacks
on a cover (envelope) sold at Spink in London in October last year for pounds 143,850
And one of two mint Penny Blacks
fetched almost pounds 10,000 at the London sale.
They will print reproduction Penny Blacks
160 years after the stamp was first issued on May 6, 1840.
The 1841-dated postage stamp, pictured , was found alongside 26 other Penny Blacks
, the first adhesive stamps used by any postal service in the world, and with 400 examples of its successor the Penny Red in the Denbighshire loft.