The Navy Department Stamp Designs of 1873

Plates of 100 stamps – Perforated 12 – Issued July 3, 1873.
Printed by the Continental Bank Note Company on "thin, hard" whitish paper.
Scroll over the image to get the Cat. # number of the stamp illustrated.


1¢ Franklin

2¢ Franklin

3¢ Franklin

6¢ Franklin

7¢ Stanton

10¢ Stanton

12¢ Stanton

15¢ Stanton

24¢ Stanton

30¢ Stanton

90¢ Stanton

The 1¢, 2¢, 7¢, 10¢, 15¢, 24¢ and 30¢ Navy officials range in color from ultramarine to dark ultramarine. The 3¢ and 12¢ range from pale to dark ultramarine, while the 6¢ ranges from ultramarine to bright ultramarine. The 90¢ is found in ultramarine only. There are collectible "dull blue" varieties of the 1¢, 2¢, 3¢, 6¢, 7¢, 10¢ and 24¢ Navy Officials.

There were no American Bank Note printings of these stamps.

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