The 3¢ Stamp that Might Have Been
U.S. stamp essays are an important part of our history – but are missing from most collections. Created in 1851, this seldom-seen 3¢ Washington essay engraved by England’s “Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co.” features an eye-catching portrait of George Washington. #11-E5a will expand the scope of your serious U.S. collection by documenting this interesting stage of stamp production.
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Essays are designs submitted to postal authorities for vignettes, borders or both that weren’t used in the final printing of a stamp. Few were created, so this 3¢ Washington essay is quite rare and very collectible. It pictures a seldom-seen portrait of our first President in a circular design rarely seen on U.S. stamps.