The 1851 issue stamps of Nova Scotia, although printed in several separate
printings, were sent to Nova Scotia in only three shipments. The first
and second shipments both occurred in the fall of 1851. The last shipment
took place in July, 1857. Although some catalogs list several distinct
shades, this exhibitor believes that only the two distinct shades of each
value, representing the 1851 shipments and the 1857 shipment, deserve
recognition. In 1853 a one penny value was added to the set. This stamp
exists in only one shade from a single shipment made in April, 1853.
The bisecting of the three and six pence stamps was first authorized
by Postmaster General Woodgate in October, 1854 specifically to make up
the 7 1/2 pence rate to Great Britain. Other bisects were accepted but
not authorized. On January 1, 1860 Nova Scotia switched to a decimal currency
and the pence issue was replaced.