The red king: how Australia's rarest stamp escaped an inferno

By Calla Wahlquist

Sale of twopenny scarlet featuring Edward VIII – who abdicated soon after it was printed – expected to spark a frenzy

On 29 September 1936, William Vanneck, the right honourable Lord Huntingfield and governor of Victoria, paid a ceremonial visit to the Commonwealth Stamp Printers in Melbourne to mark the first printing of a new twopenny stamp featuring an etched portrait of King Edward VIII in his naval uniform.

It was the first of a large run due to be released into public circulation by Christmas.

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