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The National Banknote issues

The National Bank Note Company originated these designs, and printed stamps under contract from the USPOD from 1870 to 1873.

The plate numbers were not unique. Typically, plate number 1 was assigned to one value in each series, plate 2 to another value, and so on. When they printed a new series of stamps, plate number 1 was assigned again.

Plate number material from all three companies is rare, but this is especially true of the National printings. The company held the contract for only a brief period (at least for the printing of this series), and did not retain a vast archive of their work the way American did. Most National plate number examples are photographically cropped from larger blocks of proofs and essays.

 

Scott 136, 3¢ Washington, plate number 8

Scott 136b, 3 Washington imperf error, plate number 44

Image courtesy of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, from the Bill Gross collection

Scott 145, 1¢ Franklin, plate number 182

Image courtesy of the Philatelic Foundation.

Scott 145P3, 1 Franklin proof on India paper, plate number 17

Scott 146, 2 Jackson, plate number 34

Scott 146 var, 2¢ Jackson, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 15

Scott 146P3, 2 Jackson proof on India paper, plate number 12

Scott 147, 3¢ Washington, plate number 6

Scott 147-E13c, 3 Washington essay, dull orange on thick paper, plate number 25

Scott 147TC, 3 Washington trial color, dull carmine, plate number 10

Scott 147P3, 3 Washington proof on India paper, plate number 25

Scott 148, 6¢ Lincoln, captured plate number 26

Scott 148P3, 6 Lincoln proof on India paper, plate number 26

Scott 149, 7 Stanton, plate number 33

Scott 149P3, 7 Stanton proof on India paper, plate number 33

Scott 150P3, 10 Hamilton proof on India paper, plate number 49

Scott 151P3, 12 Clay proof on India paper, plate number 24

Scott 151P3, 12 Clay proof on India paper, strip of 4 from uncut sheet with straddle plate numbers from both panes

Scott 151P4, 12¢ Clay proof on card, plate number 24

Scott 152P3, 15 Webster proof on India paper, plate number 20

Image courtesy of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries

Scott 153, 24 Scott, plate number 21

Scott 153P3, 24 Scott proof on India paper, plate number 21

Scott 154, 30¢ Hamilton, captured plate number 22

Scott 154P3, 30 Hamilton proof on India paper, plate number 22

Image courtesy of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries

Scott 155P3, 90 Perry proof on India paper, plate number 23

Image courtesy of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries

 

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This page last updated January 2, 2021.