The 1898 Bureau Series
Watermarked Double Lined letters - USPS
President James A Garfield (biography)
6¢ - Lake or claret
Double line USPS wmk. - Scott #282 - 1897
No postmark with gum (MH): $12-$35
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $90-$130
6¢ - Purple lake
Double line USPS wmk. - Scott #282a - 1897
Facts and Statistics
Issued: Issued December 31st, 1898. Earliest recorded date of use, March 13th 1899.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Watermark: USPS, double lined, see below
Quantity Issued: 46,000,000.
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
What you should look for
Shown above a circular date cancel and on the right is a registered cancel. The registry cancel is the most common strike on this stamp, along with other heavy 'killer' cancels. The less common town cancel on the left should sell at a slight premium.
The Inspiration for the Design
The source photograph of James Garfield is shown below, followed by the Bureau of Engravings Master Die of the President, folllowe by the design used in the stamp.
Varieties to look for
The Essay's and Proofs
The Assassination of James Garfield