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Saint Helena

1st January 1856

British Colony 7

StHel1
  St. Helena #1  

Imperforate, 6-star watermark, recess-printed.
Printed by Perkins Bacon, London

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T
1st January 1856
6 pence blue, imperforate   1 1    
1861
6 pence blue, clean-cut perf 14-16   2 2    
6 pence blue, rough perf 14-16   2B 2a    

St. Helena was an vital port for shipping between Europe and South Africa until the Suez Canal opened in 1869. The 6d stamp was the letter rate for ½ from the island to Britain as there was no local postal service.

Sources:
James Mackay, The World of Classic Stamps, 1972
Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-52, 106th edn., 2003
Scott Classic, 10th edn., 2003

Image from David Olson.

FI ref: 58 Page credit: NB

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