President James A Garfield (biography)
6¢ - Lake or claret
Double line USPS wmk. - Scott #282 - 1897

Used: $1
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.


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

Scotts mention a double transfer variety and a variety with an extra frame line on top, neither of which I have seen.

The Essay's and Proofs

282- P1
Die Proof on India

Plate Proof produced for the 1915
Panama-Pacific Exhibition


The Assassination of James Garfield