A design created by Joseph Barnard (1816-1865), whose initials are engraved
on the neck of the queen on Post Office Mauritius Stamps. A copper plate of 3.25 inches by 2.5
inches was used to engrave the design. 240 pieces of this stamp was sold before
it was realized that words on the stamp should be "Post Paid" and not "Post Office".
There are only 26 known copies of the Post Office Mauritius Stamps that have survived to this day. One
Penny: 12 cancelled, 2 mint. Two Penny: 6 cancelled, 6 mint. They are mostly
in the hands of private collectors, but are on display at the British Museum
in London and the Blue Penny Museum in Mauritius.
Mauritius was the 5th British colony (and country) to issue postage stamps.
Most of the stamps were sent out in some ball invitation letters sent out by
Mauritius' governer's wife (Lady Gomm):