1881 3¢ - #207
Printed by the American Bank Note Company
PRINTED BY THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY
LARGE BANKNOTE ISSUE
3¢ - Blue green
Re-engraved - A short horizontal dash can be
found below the 'TS' of 'CENTS'
1,500,000,000 - Scott #207 - 1881
Generaly poorly centered
No postmark with gum (MH): $15-$35
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $50-$90
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
HOW DO I IDENTIFY THIS STAMP FROM ALL THE OTHER 3¢ STAMPS?
To identify #207 look under the T and S of CENTS for a horizontal line, usually visible to the naked eye.