Monday, July 29, 2013

Scott #19

The Benjamin Franklin one cent stamp was issued Sept. 9, 1857 and is a type Ia stamp.  The design is complete on the sides but not at the top.  There is also a flaw below and to the left of the "U" on U.S.  There is also a Scott #19a Postage stamp.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Scott #18

     This Benjamin Franklin One cent stamp is a Type I and is the most complete design of all the types.  Issued on Jan 1, 1861.  The design is complete at top, bottom and sides but its hard to find well centered copies.  The one cent stamp was required to pay the fee for drop letters and circulars under 500 miles.  It was also the rate for newspapers.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Scott # 17

Scott # 17 Washington 12 cent Postage stamp.  Printed with black or gray-black ink.  This stamp was issued in 1851 and was eventually replaced by one with perforations.

Scott # 16


This is a Scott # 16 Washington 10 cent type IV postage stamp.  This stamp was issued in 1855.  The outer lines have been recut at either the top or bottom label or both.  This 10 cent stamp was used a lot, not only for foreign mail but also used for coast to coast mail.  This stamp is frequently forged.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Scott # 15

Scott # 15 is a Washington 10 cent postage stamp.  Its a type III stamp issued in 1855 and was printed in green ink.  It was identified by top line broken at middle and above "x" at upper right and left corner.  Bottom line partly cut away and bottom right and left shells partly cut away.  This is not the best picture of this stamp but wanted to point out the red cancellation ink.

Scott # 14

The Scott # 14 Washington stamp is a 10 cent stamp and ink used was green.  This stamp was used for every single letter for any distance exceeding 3000 miles as the Scott # 13  was used for mailing coast to coast.  Type II stamps can be identified by its missing bottom outer line and cut away lower shells.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Scott # 13

Issued in 1855, the Washington  10 cent stamp is a type I stamp and green in color.  This stamp was used mainly for foreign mail that was sent further than 3000 miles and under not over a 1/2 ounce.  Most used stamps will have red transit cancellation ink on them.