Types of the 2¢ Washington: the Line Under the Ear

The Line in the Middle of the Right Ribbon

Type I.
The white line under the ear is quite pronounced in the Type I stamp. This is actually a break in the horizontally printed lines below the ear.

Type IA.
The white line under the ear is not quite as pronounced in the Type Ia stamp as in the Type I. The line is even lighter in the Type II and III stamps.
Type II.
The white line under the ear is not as pronounced as in the Type I and Ia stamps.

Type III.
The white line under the ear is barely seen in the Type III stamp. The horizontally printed lines below the ear are nearly intact.



It should be noted that the Type II stamps are usually much sharper and printed in a heavier ink than Types I and III. This shows up quite clearly in the above examples.

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