1861 "August or First Design" 30¢
#61 (reclassifed as #71eTC)
30¢ - Red Orange
Perf. 12 - Scott ##71eTC - 1861
Date of Issue : This was not an issued stamp, it was produced as a sample for the Post Office Department. It probably reached collectors via postal officials. It is considered to be a trial color proof for the regular issue (#71).
Plate : Created from plate #7 with 200 subjects for the purpose of submission to the Post Office Department, approved and used for the regular issue (#71).
Printer: National Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: 200, of which 12 to 15 examples survive
Color: Red Orange
Identifying the stamp
The paper of the premieres gravures is very thin hard and extremely brittle. The stamps are easily cracked unless handled very carefully. The paper is also quite transparent and much of the designs may be seen from the backs of the stamps.
The gum is very dark brown sometimes staining the paper.
The colors are very dark and rich and the ink heavily applied occasionally giving a blurred appearance though as a rule the impressions are very fine and clear. The color is different than the issued stamp.
The Essay's and Proofs