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The 1d (1/-) olive-brown stamp features the Victoria Cross.

The design is based on one of the competition entries for the 2d denomination.

It is the only stamp which has featured the Victoria Cross in this detailed way. Some Australian issues have shown winners of the Victoria Cross.

The postal denomination of 1d covered the basic letter rate.

Both stamps in the Patriotic Fund issue were printed from electrotype printing plates in sheets of 42 arranged in six rows of seven stamps.


Main details of printing.

Basic letter rate.
Date of issue:
22 May 1900.
V over Crown (V4) sideways.
12½ single line perf.
Number printed:
Unknown but more than 40,026 (953 sheets) plus some sheets which were sent to the Victorian Agent General in London for sale.
Supplied to Bern Bureau (UPU):
Destroyed under Treasury Authority:
Number issued:
About 4,000 stamps.



Multiples of the 1900 Patriotic Fund stamps are very rare. None have come up at auction since before 2000.

There are some blocks of four of the 1d (1/-) but their number is unknown. One block from the lower right corner of a sheet (Provenance: Stone collection) was sold at the Rodney Perry Sale in July 1989 Lot 675. Another block of four was sold by Rod at his sale in April 1998 Lot 1036. As no photos were included in the catalogue, perhaps these were the same item.

It is assumed there may be five pairs of the 1d (1/-) stamp existing including the three covers bearing pairs.

A pair of the 1d (1/-) Victoria Cross design.

The only pair to be auctioned during the past 20 years.

Abacus Auctions, December 2019, Lot 536.


Used stamps off cover.

As listed below, used 1d (1/-) stamps in good condition with a clear date stamp are scarce. There are at least 11 but probably less than 20 examples recorded.

CTO cancellations are discussed elsewhere.

Some examples are:

Elsternwick 22 September 2011
(Late cancellation beyond postal validity).

Status Auctions January 2013 Lot 1952.


Date stamps on the 1d (1/-) stamp.

Date on stamp From Notes Seller/Reference & Date (lot)
25 May 1900 Melbourne.   Prestige Philately June 2012 Lot 471.
28 May 1900 Melbourne. Double circle date stamp. Matthew Bennett April 2003 Lot 2831.
30 May 1900 Geelong 2. Duplex - rotated anti-clockwise. Status February 2003 Lot 1587.
Spink May 2018 Lot 346 (part)
2 June 1900 Rosedale Unframed date stamp right of centre and rotated about 40 degrees clockwise. Abacus Sale 227 Lot 450 (part)
5 June 1900 Spottiswoode Unframed - with 2d (2/-). Ebay April 2018.
16 June 1900 Illowa Unframed Phoenix Auctions, Jan 2015, Lot 776.
2 August 1900 Port Melbourne 7?. Duplex. Status February 2012 Lot 1672
13 September 1900 Rialto. Duplex. Matthew Bennett April 2003 Lot 2832.
Richard Juzwin July 2018.
8 January 1901 Rialto Telegraph Office.   Status May 2006 Lot 1476
Status December 2006 Lot 1641.
25 May 1901 Bendigo Registered.   Phoenix December 2012 Lot 842;
Phoenix July 2013 Lot 1144.
5 January 1903 Maldon Incomplete and in lower right corner Ebay July 2018
22 September 1911 Elsternwick. Just touching left margin and below centre. Prestige August 2012 Lot 272;
Status March 2013 Lot 2010.