The 1895 Bureau Series
Watermarked Double Lined letters - USPS
Andrew Jackson (biography)
3¢ - Dark purple or purple
Triangles in Corners
Scott #268 - Double line USPS wmk. - 1895
No postmark with gum (MH): $6-$15
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $15-$28
Issued: October 31st, 1895, earliest recorded date of use, October 20th, 1894. Earliest recorded cover, January 31st 1896
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Quantity Issued: 203,000,000.
This stamp was not superceded until 1903, hence they are relatively common.
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
As this was the Bureau of Printing and Engraving contract a small triangle was cut into
the design at top left and top right. This distinguishes it from the earlier 1890 series.
The design was taken from the portrait bust of Andrew Jackson by Hiram Powers.
Now at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Plate proofs on stamp paper (268P5)
Large Die Essay
Dusky Blue Green
Large Die Essay
Die sunk directly on card
Large Die Trial Color Proof on India
Large Die Proof on India
Roosevelt Album Proof