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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Carlisle Penny Blacks letter sells for £3,000

A letter that cost six pennies to send has been sold for £3,480.

Penny Blacks photo
The letter fetched three times its estimate

The letter, posted on October 24 1840, fetched three times its estimate and features six Penny Black stamps. It was sent to Carlisle solicitor George Mounsey five months after the introduction of the UK’s first adhesive stamp.

The letter is simply addressed to ‘G.G.Mounsey, Bishops Registrar, Carlisle’ and managed to find its way from Hawick despite not having a street name or number, which suggests that Mr Mounsey was well known.

A letter in 1840 only needed one stamp but his probably contained legal documents, hence the six. According to the 1841 census, Mr Mounsey was living at Castle Street, Carlisle.

The letter was sold by Spink, in Bloomsbury, London.

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