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Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1869

Presidents: 1/1-3/3: Andrew Johnson 3/4-12/31: Ulysses S. Grant
Postmasters General: 1/1-3/4: Alexander Randall 3/5-12/31: John A. J. Creswell
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per ½ oz Registry Fee: 15¢

1¢ Buff Franklin 2¢ Pony Express 3¢ Locomotive 6¢ Washington 10¢ Shield and Eagle





12¢ S.S. Adriatic 15¢ Columbus Landing 24¢ Declaration of Independence 30¢ Flag, Shield and Eagle 90¢ Lincoln

Printed by the National Bank Note Company on hard white paper with grills. The mono-color stamps (the 1¢, 2¢, 3¢, 6¢, 10¢, and 12¢) were printed on 300 subject plates, panes of 150. The bi-color stamps (the 15¢, 24¢, 30¢, and 90¢) were printed on 100 subject plates.

Vignettes: 1¢: Joseph Pease 2¢ & 3¢: Christian Rost 6¢: W. Marshall 10¢ & 30¢: D. Ronaldson 12¢, 15¢ and 24¢: James Smillie 90¢: J. Ourdan
Frames:
1¢ and 6¢, the intricate lathwork,: Wm. Nichols 2¢, 3¢ and 12¢: George Thurber 10¢, 15¢, 24¢, 30¢ and 90¢: D. S. Ronaldson
Lettering: 1¢, 6¢, 15¢, 24¢ and 90¢: J, C, Kenworthy 2¢, 3¢ and 12¢: George Thurber 10¢ and 30¢: D. S. Ronaldson

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1869:
National Bank Note Co. - Hard White Paper - With Grill - Perf 12
All but the 6¢, 10¢ and 12¢ are known without grill, which brings a premium if authentic.
Scott 112 - 1¢ Buff Franklin EDU: April 1, 1869 - about 12 million issued
Scott 113 - 2¢ Brown Pony Express EDU: March 20, 1869 - about 72 million issued
Scott 114 - 3¢ Ultramarine Locomotive EDU: March 27, 1869 - about 336 million issued
Scott 115 - 6¢ Ultramarine Washington EDU: April 26, 1869 - about 4.3 million issued
Scott 116 - 10¢ Yellow Shield and Eagle EDU: April 1, 1869 - about 3.3 million issued
Scott 117 - 12¢ Green S.S. Adriatic EDU: April 1, 1869 - about 3 million issued
Scott 118 - 15¢ Landing of Columbus - Type I - EDU: 3/31/69 (off cover) 4/2/69 (on cover) - about 120,000 issued
Scott 119 - 15¢ Brown/Blue Landing of Columbus Type II - EDU: April 5, 1869 - about 1.4 million issued
Scott 119b - 15¢ Brown/Blue Landing of Columbus Type II Center Inverted
Scott 120 - 24¢ Green/Violet Signing of Dec. of Independence EDU: April 7, 1869 - about 250,000 issued
Scott 120b - 24¢ Signing of Dec. of Independence Center Inverted
Scott 121 - 30¢ Ultramarine/Carmine Flags/Shield and Eagle EDU: May 22, 1869 - about 305,000 issued
Scott 121b - 30¢ Flags inverted
Scott 122 - 90¢ Carmine/Black Lincoln EDU: May 10, 1869 (off cover) - There is only one cover known with the 90¢ 1869 stamp, the famous "Icehouse Cover" with a penciled in date on the front of Aug. 8, 1873 - about 55,500 issued

Note: The Special Printings of the 1869 Series, Scott 123-133, were printed by the National Bank Note Company in 1875. An additional Special Printing of the one cent stamp was printed by the American Bank Note Company in 1881.

see also: Designs of All 1861-1868 Regular Issues

Commemoratives: The first Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893
Special Delivery: The first Special Delivery stamps were not issued until 1885
Postage Dues: The first Postage Due Stamps were not issued until 1879


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