George V 1d Downey Head (1911)

When King George V acceded to the throne on 6 May 1910, new photographs were needed for coin, medal and stamp designs. The definitive stamps were originally based on a three-quarter profile photograph taken in June 1910 by W & D Downey, the Court Photographers, referred to as the ‘Downey head’. The first ½d and the 1d values in ‘Dolphin’ and ‘Lion’ frames with the Downey head were issued on Coronation Day, 22 June 1911.