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1862
Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1862
President: Abraham Lincoln · Postmaster General: Montgomery Blair
Domestic Letter Rate East of the Rockies per ½ oz.: Three Cents - Prepayment compulsory, stamp required
Domestic Letter Rate crossing the Rockies 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
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
The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1862:
Scott 70 - 24¢ Red Lilac Washington - EDU: Jan. 7, 1862 - about 400,000 issued
Scott 70a - 24¢ Brown Lilac Washington - EDU: Feb. 5, 1862
Scott 75 - 5¢ Red Brown Jefferson - EDU: Jan. 2, 1862 - about 1 million issued
Scott 78a - 24¢ Gray Lilac Washington - EDU: Oct. 23, 1862
Scott 78b - 24¢ Gray Washington - EDU: (Oct. 26?), 1862

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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