Queen Victoria, is the most famous philatelic effigy!
With good reason: hers was the first one! The first stamp, the “penny black”, was issued in 1840 during her reign. So, it makes perfect sense that her portrait was on it. What’s more, the British Empire was at its peak. That’s all it took to ensure that Queen Victoria would become the most emblematic figure of stamp collecting. Queen Victoria had such an impact on her times that they were renamed the “Victorian Era”.January 29, 2020