Woodford was concerned enough about the possibility of
unauthorized reprints that he wrote into the printing contract
that the plates were to be defaced as soon as the printing was
complete. He even had the printer sign a bond to this effect.
The original copper die used to prepare the plates was delivered
to Woodford with the stamps, and he threw it into the sea after
the final remainders of the issue were destroyed in 1909.
Nonetheless, a few years after this remaining stock had been
destroyed, "proofs" began to appear on the market. An
Australian dealer acquired a supply in good faith and, in turn,
sold some to a well-known London dealer.
Woodford acted quickly to put a stop to sale of the items. In
a letter of October 1912 quoted in Gisburn,
"The trouble about the unauthorized stamps of our first
issue has been settled. It now appears that several sheets of
stamps were abstracted from the stock of the printers by a
confidential employee, who in turn sold them to a well-known
London dealer. They were mostly imperforate. We have recovered
the whole with very few exceptions, and they have now been
destroyed. If you see any imperforate stamps of our first issue
on the market you may take it from me that they are fraudulent
and were never issued with authority."