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Queen Victoria 1d red – the Penny Red (1841)

The obvious objection to a black cancellation was the fact that the existing 1d label was printed in black and the cancellation* would thus not be readily apparent. A red label, however, would be much better. Printing of the new Penny Red stamps began on 30 December 1840 from the original Penny Black plates and they were put on sale on 10 February 1841. The Penny Red was to last, in slightly different forms, for almost 40 years with more than 400 printing plates used.

*A cancellation is applied to a postage stamp to deface the stamp and prevent its re-use.