Embossed Stamp Issues

Between 1847 and 1854, the British postal system witnessed the introduction of embossed postage stamps. The embossing created a raised effect on the paper, making the stamps not only visually appealing but also adding an extra layer of security against forgery.

The Queen Victoria Embossed Issues had a relatively short period of use, being replaced by perforated stamps as technology advanced. So these stamps are highly sought after due to their limited production period. They represent a experimentation and innovation phase in the evolution of postage stamps.

Margin Status

Embossed issues are listed according to how many clear margins exist around the embossment. Below are from 1 to 4 margin examples, as well as "cut to shape" where margins have been trimmed off completely.

Stamp Product Grading

Please refer to the following grading abbreviations:

  • UM = Unmounted mint.
  • FMM = Fine Mounted Mint.
  • AMM = Average Mounted Mint, will have some defect.
  • VFU = Very Fine Used, with a very light postmark.
  • FU = Fine Used, with moderate postmark.
  • GU = Good Used, with heavier postmark.
  • AU = Average Used, slight defect such as poor cancel, pulled perf or small snagged corner.
  • SF = Stamp with faults, such as trimmed perfs, thinned, small tear.

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