A philatelist, or stamp collector, would be interested in collecting a penny black stamp. Conversely, a numismatist is a collector of coins; a conchologist is a collector of sea shells or a scientist who studies mollusc shells.
The penny black stamp, inaugurated in Britain in 1840, was the first public postage stamp to use adhesive. It featured a profile of Queen Victoria and used black ink. The value of the stamp was one penny. Although it is an important stamp for its historical value, the British postal service printed large numbers of it, reducing its value to philatelists.Learn More
A numismatist is a person who collects coins. Coin collectors value a coin based primarily on its date, condition and place of origin. Coins that contain production errors also carry a high value for collectors.Full Answer >
A 1944 D penny features the Lincoln wheat penny design and was minted in 1944 at the Denver mint facility. The D is the coin's mint mark, which indicates the production site. A 1944 D penny may be worth between 15 cents and $6, as of 2014.Full Answer >
The first official U.S. penny was minted in 1787 according to coinfacts.com, so this would make the oldest U.S. penny 227 years old as of 2014. According to the Professional Coin Grading service, these coins are still in existence.Full Answer >
"Hay penny" is a variant spelling of "halfpenny," a coin used in the United Kingdom, according to the Collins English Dictionary. The Royal Mint Museum notes that halfpennies were regularly used as far back as the 13th century, but BBC News says the coin was phased out in 1984.Full Answer >