Eight Areas that Distinguish Types IV, V, VA, VI, and VII
||Area on Map||Part of Design||Identifies Type|
||VI from VII from IV, V, VA|
IV from Others
|3||Toga Rope||IV from Others|
|4||Upper Lip||VII from Others|
|5||Shading in Nose||VA from Others|
|6||Detail in Ribbons||IV from Others|
|7||Detail in Leaves||IV from Others|
|8||Shading at Top of Head||VI I from Others|
Only the offset printings of the 2¢ Washington may have the following types. If your stamp is rotary or flat plate, you are on the wrong page and should go here: Types of the 2¢ Rotary and Flat Plate Washington. .
You will need to link to the identification pages by clicking on the appropriate number on either the picture or in the chart above. The chart provides links to a comparison of each of the Types for all eight areas. All of the Types have a distinguishing feature except Type V. You will need to identify Type V by what it isn’t, that is if it doesn’t have any of the features of the other types it is most likely a Type V stamp. In the case of a cancellation covering the identifying area, or if the ink is light, or you simply have a faded copy, you will need to examine many of the areas. In particular, if you think the stamp is a scarcer variety, you should examine all of the areas for positive identification. A powerful magnifying glass, microscope, or a high resolution scan will greatly aid in identifying the type.