1st January 1856
Imperforate, 6-star watermark, recess-printed.
Printed by Perkins Bacon, London
|1st January 1856|
|6 pence blue, imperforate||1||1|
|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.