Own Sought-After Classic Bank Note Stamps
After the unpopularity of the 1869 Pictorial Series, the US postmaster general decided to issue new stamps. These stamps were larger, better quality, and featured new, expertly engraved designs. They have come to be known today as the “Bank Note” stamps. This is because the series was printed by three different companies. The National Bank Note Company came first, then Continental, and finally American.
As the printing contract passed from company to company, so did the stamp dies and plates. However, each company added their own spin... They added secret marks to the plates, changed ink colors, and even used different paper. These changes make collecting Bank Note stamps a fun challenge!
Spot the Differences in These U.S. Classics…
You’ll love using your expert eye to identify the tiny details that make each stamp special:
US #153 – 24¢ General Winfield Scott, purple (National). Part of the first printing of the Bank Note stamps, before the National Bank Note Company contract ran out. Part of the later printing without impressed grills.
US #165 – 30¢ Alexander Hamilton, gray black (Continental). No secret mark, but this stamp was printed in a different shade of ink than the original National Bank Note stamp. (The original was black.)
US #179 – 5¢ Zachary Taylor, blue (Continental). A new denomination printed by Continental on hard, yellowish, wove paper and perforated 12.
US #208 – 6¢ Abraham Lincoln, rose (American). Part of the 1881-82 re-engravings by American. On the re-engraved stamp, there are only three lines from the edge of the panel to the outside of the stamp. On the original stamps, there were four. The ink color is also darker. Printed on soft paper.
US #211 – 4¢ Andrew Jackson, blue green (American). One of two new denominations added by American in 1883. Printed on soft paper.
These fragile pieces of history have made a remarkable journey through time. Thanks to caring stamp collectors, they still exist today. Now it’s your turn to preserve these American heirlooms by adding them to your collection. Send for yours now.