Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1869

Presidents: 1/1-3/3: Andrew Johnson · 3/4-12/31: Ulysses S. Grant.
Postmasters General: 1/1-3/4: Alexander Randall · 3/5-12/31: John A. J. Creswell.
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per ½ oz · Registry Fee: 15¢

1¢ Buff Franklin 2¢ Pony Express 3¢ Locomotive 6¢ Washington 10¢ Shield and Eagle
12¢ S.S. Adriatic 15¢ Columbus Landing 24¢ Declaration of Independence 30¢ Flag, Shield and Eagle 90¢ Lincoln

Printed by the National Bank Note Company on hard white paper with grills. The mono-color stamps (the 1¢, 2¢, 3¢, 6¢, 10¢, and 12¢) were printed on 300 subject plates, panes of 150. The bi-color stamps (the 15¢, 24¢, 30¢, and 90¢) were printed on 100 subject plates.

Vignettes: 1¢: Joseph Pease · 2¢ & 3¢: Christian Rost · 6¢: W. Marshall · 10¢ & 30¢: D. Ronaldson · 12¢, 15¢ and 24¢: James Smillie · 90¢: J. Ourdan
Frames: 1¢ and 6¢, the intricate lathwork,: Wm. Nichols · 2¢, 3¢ and 12¢: George Thurber · 10¢, 15¢, 24¢, 30¢ and 90¢: D. S. Ronaldson

Lettering: 1¢, 6¢, 15¢, 24¢ and 90¢: J, C, Kenworthy · 2¢, 3¢ and 12¢: George Thurber · 10¢ and 30¢: D. S. Ronaldson.

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1869:

National Bank Note Co. – Hard White Paper – With Grill – Perf 12
All but the 6¢, 10¢ and 12¢ are known without grill, which brings a premium if authentic.
Scott 112 – 1¢ Buff Franklin EDU: April 1, 1869 – about 12 million issued.
Scott 113 – 2¢ Brown Pony Express EDU: March 20, 1869 – about 72 million issued.
Scott 114 – 3¢ Ultramarine Locomotive EDU: March 27, 1869 – about 336 million issued.
Scott 115 – 6¢ Ultramarine Washington EDU: April 26, 1869 – about 4.3 million issued.
Scott 116 – 10¢ Yellow Shield and Eagle EDU: April 1, 1869 – about 3.3 million issued.
Scott 117 – 12¢ Green S.S. Adriatic EDU: April 1, 1869 – about 3 million issued.
Scott 118 – 15¢ Landing of Columbus – Type I – EDU: 3/31/69 (off cover) 4/2/69 (on cover) – about 120,000 issued.
Scott 119 – 15¢ Brown/Blue Landing of Columbus Type II – EDU: April 5, 1869 – about 1.4 million issued.
Scott 119b – 15¢ Brown/Blue Landing of Columbus Type II Center Inverted.
Scott 120 – 24¢ Green/Violet Signing of Dec. of Independence EDU: April 7, 1869 – about 250,000 issued.
Scott 120b – 24¢ Signing of Dec. of Independence Center Inverted.
Scott 121 – 30¢ Ultramarine/Carmine Flags/Shield and Eagle EDU: May 22, 1869 – about 305,000 issued.
Scott 121b – 30¢ Flags inverted.
Scott 122 – 90¢ Carmine/Black Lincoln EDU: May 10, 1869 (off cover) – There is only one cover known with the 90¢ 1869 stamp, the famous "Icehouse Cover" with a penciled in date on the front of Aug. 8, 1873 – about 55,500 issued.

Note: The Special Printings of the 1869 Series, Scott 123-133, were printed by the National Bank Note Company in 1875. An additional Special Printing of
the one cent stamp was printed by the American Bank Note Company in 1881.

See also: Designs of the 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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