World Stamps

By Denise McCarty

Ireland plans revised version of withdrawn stamp

April 08, 2014 03:30 PM

  • Ireland’s withdrawn Irish Citizen Army stamp. The post office, An Post, is scheduled to issue a revised version of the stamp April 17 without the photograph in the foreground.

Ireland’s An Post will issue a revised version of its withdrawn Irish Citizen Army stamp April 17, according to an announcement in the second 2014 issue of its publication for collectors, Irish Stamps, The Collector.

The announcement says that the revised stamp will show an image of the Irish Citizen Army at Croydon Park, Dublin. An Post has not yet revealed the new stamp design.

A stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Irish Citizen Army was to be issued Jan. 23 but was withdrawn from sale over a dispute about the identify of the man shown in the photograph in the foreground. The inscription on the stamp reads, “Captain Jack White.”

According to the recent announcement, “The original stamp was withdrawn due to the emergence of new information regarding the photograph of a man believed to be Captain Jack White, a former British Army Officer who, in 1913, volunteered to train the Irish Citizen Army. This photograph had been published, without challenge, in academic books and periodicals over many years, including the highly regarded publications History Ireland and The Irish Civil War. However, just ahead of the stamp issue date, a number of historians disputed the veracity of the image saying that the man depicted is not Jack White.”

A photograph of the Irish Citizen Army at Croydon Park is pictured in the background of the withdrawn stamp.

Examples of the withdrawn sale have reached the public. According to a report in the Feb. 17 issue of Linn’s, Irish stamp dealer Padraig O’Shea of Raven Stamps sold a pane of 15 for £3,000 (about U.S. $4,100). O’Shea also reported that he knew of at least six other single stamps.

Two of the withdrawn stamps were recently offered on eBay. One sold for £711,07 (U.S. $977.15) in an auction ending April 2. The other auction will end April 13.