1861 12¢ - #69
12¢ - Black or gray black
7,300,000 - Perf. 12 - Scott #69 - 1861
No postmark with gum (MH): $150-$400
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $1,000-$2,000
Issued: May 6th, 1861, earliest known of use 30th August 1861. This according to Brookman, this stamp must be lost to history as I find no other reference in Philatelic magazine prior to the publication of the book.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100).
Printer: National Bank Note Company, using the flat plate process.
Designer: James Macdonough
Quantity Issued: 7,314,000
PLATE #: 16
Color: Black, gray black and intense black
OF INTEREST: The 12c was used primarily on foriegn male, it being the standard rate to England and Hawaii
Guide to Identifying #69
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