#2875 – 1994 $2 Bureau of Engraving and Printing Centenary

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U.S. #2875
1994 $2 Bureau of Printing and Engraving
   
Issue Date: November 3, 1994
City: New York, NY
Quantity: 5,000,000
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved
Perforations: 11
Color: Multicolored
 
The 100th anniversary of printing stamps at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is celebrated with this fascinating issue. To make this celebration of history unique, four $2.00 James Madison stamps, first issued in 1894, are featured on the sheet.
 
On the selvage of the souvenir sheet is engraved the image of the BEP's original home, a red brick building at the corner of 14th Street and Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C. Before the BEP assumed responsibility for printing America's stamps, private companies had been contracted to fulfill the task.
 
This stamp was first issued on November 3, 1994, at the MEGA Stamp Show in New York City, which is the largest stamp collecting event in the United States.
 

Rare Double Transfer Souvenir Sheet 

On November 3, 1994, the USPS issued a souvenir sheet honoring the Bureau of Engraving and Printing with a seldom-seen double transfer.

The original souvenir sheet, U.S. #2875, was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing producing U.S. stamp.  To make this celebration of history unique, four $2.00 James Madison stamps, first issued in 1894, were featured on the sheet.

On the selvage of the souvenir sheet is engraved the image of the BEP’s original home, a red brick building at the corner of 14th Street and Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C. Before the BEP assumed responsibility for printing America’s stamps, private companies had been contracted to fulfill the task.

This stamp was first issued on November 3, 1994, at the MEGA Stamp Show in New York City, which is the largest stamp collecting event in the United States.

Of the 5 million souvenir sheets produced, 104,000 (a relatively small number) were found to have a double transfer.  A double transfer was created when the original, 100-year-old #262 die image was transferred to new printing sleeves. Two images were not properly laid out.  They were burnished out – but not thoroughly enough – creating a “double” image.  Although the minor double transfer is very “out of register,” it’s not always noticeable at a glance. A light horizontal line appears at the bottom and small traces of the lettering, numerals and the lower-left inner frame are doubled.

This tribute to the BEP and the classic #262 stamp, with their unique double transfers, offer a special connection to the classic-stamp era – when double transfers occurred much more frequently.

This rare modern double transfer souvenir sheet is very scarce – scarcer than the Bugs Bunny pane with 10th stamp imperforate as well as the Legends of the West error sheet.  But it’s much more affordable!

 
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U.S. #2875
1994 $2 Bureau of Printing and Engraving

 

 

Issue Date: November 3, 1994
City: New York, NY
Quantity: 5,000,000
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved
Perforations: 11
Color: Multicolored
 
The 100th anniversary of printing stamps at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is celebrated with this fascinating issue. To make this celebration of history unique, four $2.00 James Madison stamps, first issued in 1894, are featured on the sheet.
 
On the selvage of the souvenir sheet is engraved the image of the BEP's original home, a red brick building at the corner of 14th Street and Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C. Before the BEP assumed responsibility for printing America's stamps, private companies had been contracted to fulfill the task.
 
This stamp was first issued on November 3, 1994, at the MEGA Stamp Show in New York City, which is the largest stamp collecting event in the United States.
 

Rare Double Transfer Souvenir Sheet 

On November 3, 1994, the USPS issued a souvenir sheet honoring the Bureau of Engraving and Printing with a seldom-seen double transfer.

The original souvenir sheet, U.S. #2875, was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing producing U.S. stamp.  To make this celebration of history unique, four $2.00 James Madison stamps, first issued in 1894, were featured on the sheet.

On the selvage of the souvenir sheet is engraved the image of the BEP’s original home, a red brick building at the corner of 14th Street and Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C. Before the BEP assumed responsibility for printing America’s stamps, private companies had been contracted to fulfill the task.

This stamp was first issued on November 3, 1994, at the MEGA Stamp Show in New York City, which is the largest stamp collecting event in the United States.

Of the 5 million souvenir sheets produced, 104,000 (a relatively small number) were found to have a double transfer.  A double transfer was created when the original, 100-year-old #262 die image was transferred to new printing sleeves. Two images were not properly laid out.  They were burnished out – but not thoroughly enough – creating a “double” image.  Although the minor double transfer is very “out of register,” it’s not always noticeable at a glance. A light horizontal line appears at the bottom and small traces of the lettering, numerals and the lower-left inner frame are doubled.

This tribute to the BEP and the classic #262 stamp, with their unique double transfers, offer a special connection to the classic-stamp era – when double transfers occurred much more frequently.

This rare modern double transfer souvenir sheet is very scarce – scarcer than the Bugs Bunny pane with 10th stamp imperforate as well as the Legends of the West error sheet.  But it’s much more affordable!