Mauritius Island, 2 Pence 1847

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CATALOG INFORMATION
ID Number: YB01-0001
Category: Stamp (Reproduction in Gold)
Description: Mauritius Island, 2 Pence 1847
Country or State: Colonial British Island of Mauritius
Year: Released in 1990
Period: British Rule (Original Stamp)
Head of State/Ruler: Queen Victoria (Queen of England)
Reign: 20 June 1837 – 22 January 1901
Face Value: TWO PENCE
Subject/Theme: Portrait of Queen Victoria (Queen of England)
Legend: POST OFFICE, MAURITIUS, POSTAGE, TWO PENCE
Designer: Joseph Osmond Barnard
Edge: Plain
Note: Collection Article in 23 Carrot Gold (99.800% Au)
Composition: Gold 99.800% (Au)
Dimensions (B x H): 36 x 40 mm
Release: 20,000
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State of Conservation: Uncirculated (UNC)
Rarity: Very rare, this article was released in April 1990 only in 20'000 copies
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HISTORICAL NOTES

 

The Mauritius "Post Office" stamps was released on 21 September 1847 on the Colonial British Island of Mauritius situated in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. The original stamps contained the portrait of Queen Victoria (Queen of England) and were issued in two denominations: a red-orange background for the one penny stamp and on a marine-blue background for the two pence stamp.

Their name comes from the wording on the stamps reading "Post Office", which was soon changed in the next issue to "Post Paid." They are among the rarest postage stamps in the world, and are of legendary status in the world of philately.

The Mauritius "Post Office" stamps were the first stamps produced by the British Empire outside of Great Britain.

The number of original stamps still existing are 27 pieces, 15 one penny stamps and 12 two pence stamps, the value of each stamp was estimated around $4 million in 1993.