Essay (philately)

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For other uses, see Essay (disambiguation).
Three 1922 Irish bi-colour essays printed by Hely Ltd.
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.

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  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. 

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