Commodore Matthew Perry (bio)
$1 - Grayish black or black
Type I
The circle enclosing $1 are broken
Scott #276 - Double line USPS wmk - 1895

Used: $25-$50
No postmark with gum (MH): $180-$300
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $800-$1,500

Issued: Issued August 12th 1895, Earliest recorded date of use, March 1st, 1896
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100). Both #276 and #276A were printed from the same plate. 5 of the 20 rows were #276A
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Quantity Issued: 192,449


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.

The watermark will appear as part of the letters above.
A double lined letters US or P. If there is no watermark then go here

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 $1 issue was primarily used for registered mail,
as shown above, therefore light cancels sell at a premium.

The original 1870 design of Perry was based on Walcotts bust, of which I am unable to find an image.
Above is shown a similar marble bust of Perry by Erastus Dow Palmer, a contemporary of Walcott.

Commodore Matthew Perry (1794 -1858)

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