The 1898 Bureau Series
Watermarked Double Lined letters - USPS
Henry Clay (biography)
15¢ - Olive green or dark olive green
16,000,000 - Double line USPS wmk. - Scott #284 - 1897
No postmark with gum (MH): $25-$40
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $90<
Issued: November 3rd 1898, earliest recorded date of use, March 3rd, 1899.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Quantity Issued: 16,000,000. A much undervalued stamp.
The color was changed so as it was not to be confused with #279
which had it recently had it's color changed to green so as to comply with UPU color 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
#284 is hard to find without a heavy cancel.
Ligher cancel are desirable
The source of the design
The source photograph (below) for the print above
Two early photographs of Henry Clay
Large Die Proof on India
Mounted on Card
Trial Color Proof on India
Mounted on grey card
From the Roosevelt Album
Plate Proof produced for the 1915