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Types of the 2¢ Offset Washington: Types IV, V, VA, VI and VII 
  Quick and dirty guide to the Types of the 2¢ Offset Washington

 Eight Areas that Distinguish Types IV, V, VA, VI, and VII

 
Area on Map Part of Design Identifies Type
1 Left Numeral  VI from VII from IV, V, VA
2 Toga Button IV from Others
3 Toga Rope IV from Others 
4 Upper Lip VII from Others 
5 Shading in Nose VA from Others
6 Detail in Ribbons IV from Others
7 Detail in Leaves IV from Others
8 Shading at Top of  Head VI I from Others 



Only the offset printings of the 2¢ Washington may have the following types. If your stamp is rotary or flat plate, you are on the wrong page and should go here: Types of the 2¢ Rotary and Flat Plate Washington

See also: Methods of Printing for the Washington Franklin Stamps

You will need to link to the identification pages by clicking on the appropriate number on either the picture or in the chart above. The chart provides links to a comparison of each of the Types for all eight areas.  All of the Types have a distinguishing feature except Type V. You will need to identify Type V by what it isn't, that is if it doesn't have any of the features of the other types it is most likely a Type V stamp. In the case of a cancellation covering the identifying area, or if the ink is light, or you simply have a faded copy, you will need to examine many of the areas. In particular, if you think the stamp is a scarcer variety, you should examine all of the areas for positive identification. A powerful magnifying glass, microscope, or a high resolution scan will greatly aid in identifying the type. 

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