Product Code: L1165900
In 1847, just seven years after the release of the Penny Black, the world’s first postage stamp, the United States Government approved the release of two stamps valued at 5c and 10c.
The 5c stamp was produced in a brown shade and depicted Benjamin Franklin, the great politician and inventor who had been an important part of the American quest for Independence whilst the 10c stamp produced in black bore a portrait of the first American President George Washington. Both these stamps are now quite scarce with the catalogue price for the 5 cent at $12,500 and for the 10 cent at $27,500.
160 years later, these two much sought after stamps have been reproduced in the finest detail by Pobjoy Mint Ltd on behalf of the Government of the British Virgin Islands. It was in 1990 that the craftsmen of Pobjoy reproduced the Penny Black on a coin of the Isle of Man and quite rightly won no fewer than three International Coin of the Year Awards for this ground breaking piece which, by a special Pobjoy process was coloured black. Since then, issued coins have depicted some of the rarest and most collectable of all stamps, the Mauritius 2d Blue, the British Guiana 1c and the Western Australia Inverted Swan, the latter two coins being produced for BVI in coloured Titanium.
Due to the difficulty of striking titanium, the metal is as strong as steel but 45% lighter, each coin in this series is truly exclusive as no two titanium coins are exactly the same. Each collector's coin also features a lined effect that is present as a result of the unmistakeable qualities of titanium.
This latest fine pair combine both of the special techniques used in colouring metal, with the 5c being produced in Brown Titanium (as well as Titanium and Gold) and the 10c in the special Pobjoy ‘Pearl Black’ finish in Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver.
Both coins are exceptional examples of a modern day Sculptor copying the intricate designs of a 19th Century Engraver and would be the perfect set for any coin or stamp collector as well as any student of fine art.
Approved by Buckingham Palace the obverse of each coin carries a fine effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS FSNAD and each precious metal coin has been struck four times to achieve the lustrous Pobjoy Proof finish.
Pobjoy Mint aims to dispatch all in stock items within 48 hours.
USA delivery charges:
- $0 - $79.99 = $5.00
- $80.00-$149.99 = $7.50
- $150.00-$229.99 = $10.00
- $230.00-$499.99 = $15.00
- $500.00-$749.99 = $20.00
- $750.00-$999.99 = $25.00
- $1000 - $4999.99 = $35.00
- $5,000 + = $50.00
North and South America (Excl USA) delivery charges:
- $0 - $49.99 $7.50
- $50.00-$99.99 $15.00
- $100.00-$199.99 $20.00
- $200.00-$499.99 $30.00
- $500.00-$999.99 $50.00
- $1000 - $4999.99 + $100.00
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