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Barbados: 1861-70 1/- brown-black, unused.

Barbados: 1861-70 1/- brown-black, unused.

Printer: Perkins, Bacon & Co.

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1861

Shelfmark: Tapling Collection

Item number: 3

Length: 25

Width: 20

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Philatelic item

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The first consignment of the 1/- stamp of the 1861-70 series, showing Britannia, were sent out to Barbados by the printers, Perkins, Bacon & Company of London in April, 1863.

The 50,000 stamps should have been printed in brown-black, but on arrival they were found to be printed in blue, the colour of the 1d stamp, in error. (A normal 1/- brown-black is shown here).

Almost all of the errors were returned to England, to be exchanged for new stock in the correct colour. A few examples were kept for a postage label album, and one of these is now in the Tapling Collection. Less than a dozen are known to exist today.

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