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1858
Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1858
President: James Buchanan · Postmaster General: Aaron V. Brown
Admitted to the Union: Minnesota on May 11, 1858
Domestic Letter Rate under 3000 mi. per ½ oz.: Three Cents - Prepayment compulsory, stamp required
Domestic Letter Rate over 3000 mi. per ½ oz.: Ten Cents - Prepayment compulsory, stamp required
Foreign Letter Rate under 2500 mi. per ½ oz.: Ten Cents - except where otherwise adjusted by treaty
Foreign Letter Rate over 2500 mi. per ½ oz.: Twenty Cents - except where otherwise adjusted by treaty
Rate for Drop Letters : One Cent - prepayment not required - no weight restrictions
Rate for Newspapers and Circulars up to 3 oz.: One Cent, with one cent for each additional oz.
Carrier Fee (not available in all cities) : One Cent
Registry Fee: Five Cents (no return receipt to sender) - No stamp required

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1858:
Perforated 15.5
5¢ Brick Red Type I Jefferson - EDU: Oct. 6, 1858 - over 135,000 issued
5¢ Indian Red Type I Jefferson - EDU: March 31, 1858 - 25 to 50 thousand issued

see also: Designs of the 1851-1860 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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