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Early U.S. stamps were printed by private printers in Philadelphia and New York.

There are no plate numbers on the first U.S. stamps, the 5 Franklin and 10 Washington, Scott 1 and 2, or on their 1875 reprints, Scott 3 and 4.

1851 imperforate issue

Scott 7, 1 Franklin, pos 41L2, plate number 2

Scott 9, 1 Franklin pos 51L1L, plate number 1

Fewer than 10 plate number examples of Scott 9 are thought to exist, all from Plate 1.

Scott 11, 3 Washington, plate number 4

Scott 11A, 3¢ Washington, plate number 5

Scott 14, used 10 Washington, plate number 1

Scott 17, used 12 Washington, imprint single, Position 51L1

 

1857 issue, perforated

Scott 20, 1¢ Franklin, plate number 2

Scott 22, 1¢ Franklin, plate number 11

Scott 24, 1 Franklin, plate number 9

Scott 26, 2 Washington, plate number 25

Scott 30A, 5 Jefferson, plate number 2

Scott 35, 10 Washington, plate number 2

Scott 38, 30 Franklin, left imprint single

 

1861, New designs due to the Civil War

All previous issues were demonetized, and new stamps with new designs were issued to postmasters in states that remained in the Union.

Scott 42, 5 Jefferson, 1875 special printing, left imprint single

Scott 42P3, 5¢ Jefferson, proof of 1875 special printing, plate number 2

Scott 45P3, 24¢ Washington, proof of 1875 special printing, plate number 1

Scott 46P3, 30¢ Franklin, proof of 1875 special printing, plate number 1

Scott 47P3, 90 Washington proof, 1875 special printing, plate number 1

Scott 56, 3 Washington, plate number 2

Scott 56TC3, 3 Washington trial color, pair with plate number 2

Scott 57P3, 5¢ Jefferson proof on India paper, plate number 3

Scott 63, 1 Franklin, plate number 10. Image courtesy of Douglas Willinger.

Scott 63E11d, 1 Franklin first design essay, plate number 1

Scott 63TC5, 1 Franklin trial color, brown, pair with plate number 27

Scott 63TC5, 1 Franklin trial color, dull violet, pair with plate number 27

Scott 63TC5, 1 Franklin trial color, black, pair with plate number 27

Scott 63TC5, 1 Franklin trial color, orange, pair with plate number 27

Scott 63TC6, 1 Franklin trial color, dull green, pair with plate number 27

Scott 63TC, 1¢ Franklin, Lowenberg trial color proof on surfaced paper, bright orange, plate number 27

Scott 63TC, 1¢ Franklin, Lowenberg trial color proof on starched paper, dull carmine, plate number 27

Scott 63P3, 1 Franklin proof on India paper, plate number 27

The trial colors and the proof in blue were all printed from the same position of the same plate.

Scott 64, 3 Washington, pair with plate number 12

Scott 65, 3 Washington, plate number 33

Scott 65P, 3 Washington trial color proof, blue, plate number 2 probably from Plate 32 or 52

Scott 65TC5, 3 Washington trial color proof, brown, plate number 34

Scott 65TC var, 3 Washington trial color proof, pale lilac, underinked, pair with plate number 21

Scott 65P3, 3¢ Washington proof on India paper, plate number 44

Scott 65P5, proof of 3¢ Washington essay on decal paper, plate number 19

Scott E65P5a, proof of 3¢ Washington essay on decal paper, plate number 19

Scott 66, 3 Washington, lake, plate number 34

Scott 66P3, 3 Washington proof on India paper, lake, plate number 55

Scott 67E9d, 5 Jefferson first design essay, pair with plate number 3

Scott 68, 10¢ Washington, plate number 15

Scott 68P3, 10¢ Washington proof on India paper, plate number 59

Scott 68BP3, 10¢ Washington proof on India paper, plate number 4

Scott 69, 12¢ Washington, used, plate number 10. Image courtesy of Douglas Willinger.

Scott 69P3, 12 Washington proof on India paper, plate number 60

Scott 70a, 24¢ Washington, plate number 6. Image courtesy of Douglas Willinger.

Scott 71, 30 Franklin, misperfed, plate number 7

Scott 71P3, 30 Franklin proof on India paper, plate number 7

Scott 71SB, 30 Franklin specimen, plate number 7, photographically cropped from the unique plate block of 8

Scott 72, 90 Washington, plate number 18

Scott 72P3, 90 Washington proof on India paper, plate number 18

Scott 72SB, 90 Washington specimen, pair with plate number 18, photographically cropped from what is believed to be the only plate block in existence (a bottom plate block of 8) of Scott 72, with or without overprint.

Scott 73, 2 Jackson, plate number 29

Scott 73E, 2 Jackson essay, plate number 30

Scott 73P3, 2 Jackson proof on India paper, plate number 28

Scott 73SB, 2 Jackson specimen, plate number 50

Photographically cropped from the bottom plate block of 8, which is thought to be unique.

Scott 76P3, 5¢ Jefferson proof on India paper, plate number 58

Scott 77, 15¢ Lincoln, used, plate number 41

Scott 77P3, 15 Lincoln proof on India paper, plate number 41

Scott 78a, 24¢ Washington, plate number 6

Scott 78P3, 24 Washington proof on India paper,  pair with plate number 6

Scott 79E15a, 3 Washington essay,  pair with plate number 36

The "essay" designation is not due to the stamp design nor the color, but rather the experimental "all-over" grill with points down.

Scott 79E15d, 3 Washington essay,  pair with plate number 34

The "essay" designation is not due to the stamp design nor the color, but rather the experimental "music box" grill.

Scott 87, 2 Jackson E Grill, plate number 53

Scott 88, 3 Washington E Grill, plate number 36

Scott 92, 1¢ Franklin F Grill, plate number 10. Image courtesy of Douglas Willinger.

Scott 93, 2 Jackson F Grill, pair with plate number 51

Scott 94, 3 Washington F Grill, pair with plate number 32

Scott 98, 15¢ Lincoln F Grill, plate number 41

Scott 99, 24¢ Washington F Grill, plate number 6

 

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