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One Half Penny

 

In August of 1993 I had the extraordinary pleasure and opportunity of examining first-hand a full proof sheet of 100 of the ONE HALF PENNY Pence Issue of 1857, thanks to my friend John Jamieson of the Saskatoon Stamp Centre. This incredibly beautiful sheet had been printed from the already trimmed plate, from which the two right columns had been removed so that the sheets would fit through the perforator for the 1858 issues. This reduced the plate from its original 120 impressions (12 X 10) down to 100 (10 X 10), and resulted in the loss of the two left vertical columns of the printed sheet. While I still don't know what re-entries were lost with the removal of those stamps, I do know that if the two left columns of the plate had been removed instead, we would have lost five major re-entries, including The Major from Position #120. As it is, on this reduced sheet I found some 28 re-entries, including TEN major re-entries, plus two other strong ones! The majors include some of THE nicest re-entries you could ever hope to see on a Canadian stamp! I have photographed all four corners of each of the majors, along with the pertinent areas of the more minor re-entries. I wanted to find a way of quickly identifying the majors to you without too much difficulty, so what I did was to also photograph close-up, THE main feature of each major, and these are the photos you shall find on this page. For photographs of all four corners of each Major, click on the 'Plate Position' line next to each 'Main Feature' to go to a separate page for each Major Re-entry. I believe this is the first time photos of many of these re-entries have ever been made available to the general public and should hopefully clear up some of the confusion found in Boggs & Jarrett.

For Scott #8, the imperforate half penny, the plate positions given refer to that of the full sheet of 120 stamps. In brackets after each plate position, I have given the plate position of the perforated stamps, Scott #11, from the reduced sheet of 100.  (For example, The Major Re-entry on #8 is pp120, whereas the identical re-entry on #11 is pp100.)


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The Main Distinguishing Feature

of Each Major Re-entry


Note that I have left all plate scratches and guidelines visible in the photos. It is not certain just how many of these may have survived and appear on the issued stamps.


 

*1

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #22 (18)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 

 


*2  

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #42 (34)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 

 


*3

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #46 (38)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 


*4

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #58 (48)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 

 


*5

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #60 (50)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 


*6

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #70 (58)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 


*7

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #72 (60)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 

 

 

 

 


*8

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #84 (70)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 

 

 

 

 

*9

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #96 (80)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 

 

 

 

 

 


*10

Scott #8

One Half Penny

A Strong Re-entry

Plate Position #102 (84)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 

 

 

 


*11  

Scott #8

One Half Penny

The Major Re-entry

Plate Position #120 (100)

(Click the line above to go to a page showing all four corners of this stamp.)

 

 

 

 


*12

Scott #8

One Half Penny

Strong Re-entry

Plate Position #10 (8)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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*14

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*15

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Ralph E. Trimble

Specialist in BNA Re-entries
retrimble@rogers.com