The 1840-41 One Penny


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The First (Later Rejected) Die for the One Penny Stamp.

The printers commissioned Henry Corbould to draw the Queen’s head and began experimenting with the engine-turned background. By January the die was ready for an engraving of the head. This was undertaken by Charles Heath, one-time partner of Perkins, who enlisted the engraving skills of his son Frederick, the die was ready by the middle of January.

A reprinted die proof of the first (later rejected) die for the One Penny Stamp, in yellow-green without smudges below ‘One’ and ‘NNY’ on unwatermarked cream wove paper.

The die in its final form remained with Perkins, Bacon & Co, and reprints were made fro time to time.