1882 US Postage Stamps

1882 6¢ - #208
Printed by the American Bank Note Company


Abraham Lincoln
PRINTED BY THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY
LARGE BANKNOTE ISSUE
6¢ - Rose
Re-engraved - Only three vertical lines to the side between 
the middle of the frame and the edge of the design.

 11,000,000 - Scott #208 - 1882
Generaly poorly centered

Value

Used: $10-$30
No postmark with gum (MH): $100-$200
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $250-$500


6¢ - Brown red
Scott #208a - 1882

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.

HOW DO I IDENTIFY THIS STAMP FROM ALL THE OTHER 6¢ STAMPS?

To identify #208 you will look for only three vertical lines to the side between 
the middle of the frame and the edge of the design.

1882 US Postage Stamps