The World Stamp Show-NY2016 is very near and the preparations for it are almost complete. According to information got by StampNews.com, one of the most difficult tasks was to bring all precious philatelic items from different countries to their destination.
So, a priceless sheet of the world's first stamps, the Penny Black, is getting an armed guard as it leaves the UK for the first.
The 176-year-old stamps are so rare that they are being transported in a specially designed bombproof briefcase. The sheet – one of only a handful left in existence – are normally stored at a low temperature in a humidity controlled vault at London's Postal Museum.
The suitcase has also been fitted with sensors and shock alarms so the Museum can check on the condition of the stamps throughout their journey to New York.
The sheet is set to go on show at the World Stamp Show in the US which is held once every 10 years and is expected to attract 250,000 visitors from around the globe. People in the UK will also however get a chance to see them for the first time when the sheet goes on permanent public display at The Postal Museum, due to reopen in spring 2017.
Issued in 1840, the Penny Black was the first ever adhesive postage stamp. Featuring the head of Queen Victoria it is viewed as being largely responsible for revolutionising the way people communicated with each other. They could, as the stamp's name suggests, spend just a penny to send a letter, no matter how far it was travelling, which was much cheaper than it had been previously.
The Postal Museum will also be taking the earliest surviving sheet of Two Penny Blue stamps to the show, which was used for heavier letters.
The show, which is taking place between 28 May and 4 June, will – amongst other rarities – also exhibit John Lennon's stamp album, as well as the world's most expensive single stamp; the British Guiana 1c Magenta, which sold at Sotheby's in 2014 for just under US$9,500,000.
Sourced by mirror.co.uk