George Washington (biography)
2¢ - Carmine - Type II
Horizontal lines run through upper triangles but thinner inside triangle
Scott #266 - Double line USPS wmk. - 1895

Value

Used: $0.25
No postmark with gum (MH): $11-$20
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $20-$55

Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Quantity Issued: 125,000,000



A first day cover of #266 from February 6th, 1896

A pane of 100. There are 4 panes to a sheet of 400

DETAILED FACTS AND FIGURES

The Post Office report from 1899 supplies one with almost every detail you would wish to know about this stamp,
and every other stamp in this series. The level of detail is amazing.
Click here for more on this report.

The stamps were watermarked USPS and part of one of the three letters will be visible
(sometimes barely so) when immersing the stamp in watermark fluid using a simple black watermark tray.
By the way, you really have to believe you have got a valuable stamp before investing the $20 it costs
to buy the afore mentioned items. You could use the cheaper alternative, Ronosol Lighter fluid, however, unlike
watermark fluid, it is highly inflammable and dangerous to use, plus it stinks the house up.

Look for part of one of the above letters in the watermark
Remember, the letters have to be double lined. If single
lined then go here to identify your stamp

This was the first instance of the Bureau applying a watermark, it was applied to make counterfeiting more difficult.
It is not known if the Bureau had anticipated the Chicago Counterfeits or added the watermark because of them.
The story of the Chicago Counterfeit can be found on the page for Scotts #248.


THE DETROIT 2¢ POSTAGE DUE OVERPRINT

In 1895 the Detroit Post Office ran out of 2¢ Postage Due Samps and resorted to hand
stamping both a 1895 2¢ stamp and the envelope with a straight line 'Due 2' indicating that two
cents of postage was due. The covers are now worth around $500 each.

The design was taken from the portrait bust of Washington by Jean Antoine Houdon.
The busts are now at Mount Vernon.



Essay 250-E1
Die on India, die sunk on card


Essay 250-E2
Maroon
Die on India, die sunk on white card
Note the smaller triangles

Essay 250-E2
Opal Red
Die on India, die sunk on white card


Essay 250-E2
Opal Lake
Die on India, die sunk on white card


Essay 250-E2
Opal Orange
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E2
Red Lake
Die on India, die sunk on white card and cut down

Essay 250-E2
2 white. 4 gem lake, ½ R&D lake written in pencil notations
Die on India

Essay 250-E2
1 white. 7 gem lake, 1/4 carmine lake was written in pencil notations
Die on India

Essay 250-E3
Dusky Red, design has missing details
Die on India, card missing

Essay 250-E4
Bright Red
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E5
Medium Deep Red
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E6
Medium Deep Red
Die on India, die sunk on white card
With pencil notations

Essay 250-E8
Medium Deep Red
Die on India, die sunk on 80 x 99mm card

250-P1
Large die proof on India
mounted on 150 x 200mm card

250-P2 US stamps

250-P2
Small die proof on India

Trial Color Proof on India 250-TC1
Dusky Blue Green