Reprint of 1857-60 Issue 5¢ Jefferson
Earliest Known Use: 1875
Quantity Sold: 878
Printed by: Continental Bank Note Company
Printing Method: Flat plate
Color: orange brown
5¢ Jefferson So Scarce It’s Not Offered in
Mystic’s U.S. Stamp Catalog
Issued for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, this stamp is a reprint of the 5¢ stamp from the series of 1857-61. However, because it was issued for collectors and not postal use, it was issued in much smaller quantities. Just 878 #42 stamps were sol! That’s an amazingly low number – surely not enough to satisfy collector demand. But today it can become part of your collection.
The Post Office Department wanted to sell every U.S. stamp at the Exhibition – including the ones that were no longer in use. Because many of the original plates couldn’t be found, new ones had to be engraved. Observant collectors noticed subtle differences, so Scott gave them their own numbers. Not realizing they had created philatelic rarities, the Post Office Department sold them as planned. Now you can own seldom-seen U.S. #42. Order yours today.