1882 US Postage Stamps

1882 5¢ - #205
Printed by the American Bank Note Company


James Garfield
PRINTED BY THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY
LARGE BANKNOTE ISSUE
5¢ - Yellow brown, brown, dark brown 
167,000,000 - Scott #205 - 1882

Value

Used: $1-$4
No postmark with gum (MH): $20-$50
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $150-$250

US stamp 205 proof

Large die essay die sunk on card
205P1

US stamp 205 color trial
US stamp 205 color trial proof

Green and crimson trial color proofs on India
205TC3 & 205TC1

US stamp 205 proof

Small die proof on card
205P3

US stamp 205 proof

Small die proof on card
205P3

US stamp 205 proof

ABCo portrait engraving
205E3var

US stamp 205 essay

Vignette essay on red card
205E3var

US stamp 205 essay

Red brown essay of vignette on india
205E3a

US stamp 205 essay

Essay of vignette on die sunk on card
205E3a

US stamp 205 essay

Blue essay of vignette on india
205E3a

US stamp 205 essay

Green essay of vignette on india
205E3a

US stamp 205 essay

Green essay of vignette on ivory glazed paper
205E3b

US stamp 205 essay

Red brown essay of vignette on ivory glazed paper
205E3b

US stamp 205 essay

Scarlet essay of vignette on ivory glazed paper
205E3b

US stamp 205 proof

Large die proof on india die sunk on blotter card
205E2

US stamp 205 trial color proof

Trial color proof on india - ultramarine
205TC1g

WHY IS THIS STAMP CALLED A LARGE BANKNOTE?

This stamp is part of what is known as the 1870-1888 'Large Banknote' issues. Large because a smaller size issue followed
these in 1890. Banknote because the stamps during this period were printed by companies whose primary business was
printing banknotes, a function now taken over by the Federal Government.

WHO WERE THE BANKNOTE COMPANIES?

There were three banknote companies who consecutively printed the large banknote series. The first was the
National Bank Note company and this stamp was printed by them. The second was the Continental Bank Note
Company, and third was the American Bank Note Company. This last company was acquired by the Federal
Government and using their machines took over the job of printing US postage stamps.

1882 US Postage Stamps