The Post Office Departmental Stamp Designs of 1873

The 1¢, 3¢, and 6¢ stamps were printed on plates of 200 stamps and cut into two panes of 100 stamps.
The 2¢, 10¢, 12¢, 15¢, 24¢, 30¢, and 90¢ stamps were printed on 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¢ Post Office 2¢ Post Office 3¢ Post Office 6¢ Post Office 10¢ Post Office
12¢ Post Office 15¢ Post Office 24¢ Post Office 30¢ Post Office 90¢ Post Office

The Post Office Officials range in color from gray black to black. The 3¢ Post Office Departmental stamp was also issued in 1879 by the American Bank Note Company on soft porous paper. The stamps are distinguished by paper type, the Continental stamps are on thin hard paper and the American stamps on soft porous paper:
see: Bank Note Paper Types
Three Cent Post Office Official
Cat. # O49 – Continental Bank Note Printing of the Post Office Department 3¢ stamp.
Cat. # O108 – American Bank Note Printing of the Post Office Department 3¢ stamp.

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