Daniel Webster (biography)
Brown or dark brown - Type I
The tips of the foliate ornaments do NOT impinge on the white curved line below "ten cents"
42,000,000 - Double line USPS wmk. - Scott #282C - 1897

How to identify the difference between 282C and 283

283 the leaf enters into the circular frame, 282C it just touches

Used: Almost $1
No postmark with gum (MH): $30-$45
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $300


Issued: November 11th, 1898, earliest recorded date of use, December 10th, 1898.

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: 42,000,000


The color was changed from the green of #273 to brown to conform to UPU regulations.

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

#282C is hard to find without a heavy cancel.
Registered letter cancels (as shown above) are common


The Inspiration for the Design

The source photograph of Daneil Webster is shown below.

The final design saw Daniel Webster as the chosen subject, a decision made over General Sherman, who was chosen for the 8¢ design and John Adams. If John Adams had been chosen the stamp would have looked like the illustration below.

Varieties to look for

There are no varieties of #282C

The Essay's and Proofs

Plate Proof produced for the 1915
Panama-Pacific Exhibition