Essay (philately)

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Three 1922 Irish bi-colour essays printed by Hely Ltd.
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A British postage stamp essay, believed to be for the 1887 Jubilee issue.

In philately, an essay is a design for a proposed stamp submitted to the postal authorities for consideration but not used, or used after alterations have been made.[1][2] By contrast, a proof is a trial printing of an accepted stamp.

Both essays and proofs are rare, as usually just a few are produced. Although intended for internal use by printers and official bodies, essays sometimes find their way onto the philatelic market.

See also


  1. Mackay, James. Philatelic Terms Illustrated. 4th edition. London: Stanley Gibbons, 2003, p.50. ISBN 0-85259-557-3
  2. Miller, Rick. "What are essays, proofs and specimens?". Linn's Stamp News. Retrieved 17 February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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