Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1873

President: Ulysses S. Grant · Postmaster General: John A. J. Creswell.
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per 1/2 oz. · Registry Fee: 15¢ · Foreign Rate: 5¢.
Card Rate: A new rate of 1¢ for mailing cards was instituted on May 1, 1873.
Ordinary Postage Stamps First Issued in 1873 – The Continental Bank Notes.
Continental Bank Note Company – Hard White Paper – Perf 12 – 200 Subject Plates – With Secret Marks.

See also: Bank Note Worksheet

1¢ Franklin 2¢ Brown Jackson 3¢ Washington 6¢ Lincoln
7¢ Stanton 10¢ Jefferson 12¢ Clay 15¢ Webster
24¢ Scott (Proof) 30¢ Hamilton 90¢ Perry

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1873:

Continental Bank Note Co. – Hard White Paper – With Secret Marks
All but the 90¢ are known with grill and bring a premium if authenticated

Scott 156 – One Cent Ultramarine Franklin – EDU: Aug. 22, 1873 – about 448 million issued.
Scott 157 – Two Cent Brown Jackson -EDU: July 12, 1873 – about 141 million issued.
Scott 158 – Three Cent Green Washington -EDU: July 17, 1873 – about 2.7 billion issued.
Scott 159 – Six Cent Dull Pink Lincoln – EDU: June 8, 1873 – about 38 million issued.
Scott 160 – Seven Cent Orange Stanton -EDU: Sep. 10, 1873 – about 2.5 million issued.
Scott 161 – Ten Cent Brown Jefferson – EDU: Aug. 2, 1873 – about 21 million issued.
Scott 162 – Twelve Cent Dark Violet Clay – EDU: Jan. 3, 1874 – about 2.9 million issued.
Scott 163 – Fifteen Cent Yellow Orange Webster – EDU: July 22, 1873 – about 3 million issued.
Scott 164 – Twenty-Four Cent Purple Scott (only 1 verified copy known) Aug. 22, 1873 – number issued not known.
Scott 165 – Thirty Cent Greenish to Grayish Black Hamilton – EDU: Oct. 14, 1874 – about 782,500 issued.
Scott 166 – Ninety Cent Rose Carmine Oliver Perry – EDU: June 25, 1875 – about 197,000 issued.

see also: Designs of the 1870-1888 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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