The Sir Humphrey Cripps Nissen reconstructions of
the One Penny Black

There are, in effect, twelve different plates of the Penny Black. The huge popularity of specialised collections relies on the ease of identifying stamps from these different plates. There are several publications to assist plating, however, Charles Nissen, in collaboration with Bertram McGowan, produced by far the most widely used photographic plating guide. This was first published in 1922 and this iconic work remains a firm favourite with collectors of Penny Blacks to this day.

The objective of the original reconstruction was to assist easy identification between the twelve plates, so there was no restriction in using 1841 stamps to fill the gaps. Naturally most of these were from plate 11. We hope that collectors and dealers alike will find this digitised version of the original stamps on our website a very useful tool, which is also Smart phone and tablet friendly for plating purposes.

AA-AL

AA - Small / Medium / Large

AB - Small / Medium / Large

AC - Small / Medium / Large

AD - Small / Medium / Large

AE - Small / Medium / Large

AF - Small / Medium / Large

AG - Small / Medium / Large

AH - Small / Medium / Large

AI - Small / Medium / Large

AJ - Small / Medium / Large

AK - Small / Medium / Large

AL - Small / Medium / Large

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BA-BL

BA - Small / Medium / Large

BB - Small / Medium / Large

BC - Small / Medium / Large

BD - Small / Medium / Large

BE - Small / Medium / Large

BF - Small / Medium / Large

BG - Small / Medium / Large

BH - Small / Medium / Large

BI - Small / Medium / Large

BJ - Small / Medium / Large

BK - Small / Medium / Large

BL - Small / Medium / Large

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CA-CL

CA - Small / Medium / Large

CB - Small / Medium / Large

CC - Small / Medium / Large

CD - Small / Medium / Large

CE - Small / Medium / Large

CF - Small / Medium / Large

CG - Small / Medium / Large

CH - Small / Medium / Large

CI - Small / Medium / Large

CJ - Small / Medium / Large

CK - Small / Medium / Large

CL - Small / Medium / Large

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DA-DL

DA - Small / Medium / Large

DB - Small / Medium / Large

DC - Small / Medium / Large

DD - Small / Medium / Large

DE - Small / Medium / Large

DF - Small / Medium / Large

DG - Small / Medium / Large

DH - Small / Medium / Large

DI - Small / Medium / Large

DJ - Small / Medium / Large

DK - Small / Medium / Large

DL - Small / Medium / Large

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EA-EL

EA - Small / Medium / Large

EB - Small / Medium / Large

EC - Small / Medium / Large

ED - Small / Medium / Large

EE - Small / Medium / Large

EF - Small / Medium / Large

EG - Small / Medium / Large

EH - Small / Medium / Large

EI - Small / Medium / Large

EJ - Small / Medium / Large

EK - Small / Medium / Large

EL - Small / Medium / Large

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