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1873
Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1873
President: Ulysses S. Grant Postmaster General: John A. J. Creswell
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per 1/2 oz. Registry Fee: 15¢ Foreign Rate: 5¢
Card Rate: A new rate of 1¢ for mailing cards was instituted on May 1, 1873

Ordinary Postage Stamps First Issued in 1873 - The Continental Bank Notes
Continental Bank Note Company - Hard White Paper - Perf 12 - 200 Subject Plates - With Secret Marks
See also: Bank Note Worksheet

1¢ Franklin 2¢ Brown Jackson 3¢ Washington 6¢ Lincoln

7¢ Stanton 10¢ Jefferson 12¢ Clay 15¢ Webster

24¢ Scott (Proof) 30¢ Hamilton 90¢ Perry

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1873:

Continental Bank Note Co. - Hard White Paper - With Secret Marks
All but the 90¢ are known with grill and bring a premium if authenticated
Scott 156 - One Cent Ultramarine Franklin - EDU: Aug. 22, 1873 - about 448 million issued
Scott 157 - Two Cent Brown Jackson -EDU: July 12, 1873 - about 141 million issued
Scott 158 - Three Cent Green Washington -EDU: July 17, 1873 - about 2.7 billion issued
Scott 159 - Six Cent Dull Pink Lincoln - EDU: June 8, 1873 - about 38 million issued
Scott 160 - Seven Cent Orange Stanton -EDU: Sep. 10, 1873 - about 2.5 million issued
Scott 161 - Ten Cent Brown Jefferson - EDU: Aug. 2, 1873 - about 21 million issued
Scott 162 - Twelve Cent Dark Violet Clay - EDU: Jan. 3, 1874 - about 2.9 million issued
Scott 163 - Fifteen Cent Yellow Orange Webster - EDU: July 22, 1873 - about 3 million issued
Scott 164 - Twenty-Four Cent Purple Scott (only 1 verified copy known) Aug. 22, 1873 - number issued not known
Scott 165 - Thirty Cent Greenish to Grayish Black Hamilton - EDU: Oct. 14, 1874 - about 782,500 issued
Scott 166 - Ninety Cent Rose Carmine Oliver Perry - EDU: June 25, 1875 - about 197,000 issued

The First Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893
The First Special Delivery stamps were not issued until 1885
The First Postage Due Stamps were not issued until 1879


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