1851 US Postage Stamps

1861 12¢ - #69



12¢ - Black or gray black
7,300,000 - Perf. 12 -  Scott #69 - 1861

Value

Used: $10-$20
No postmark with gum (MH): $150-$400
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $1,000-$2,000

Statistics

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.


A scarce multiple on piece
Despite the commonality of #69 multiples are scarce, with only two
example of a block of four on cover.

Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100).

Printer: National Bank Note Company, using the flat plate process.

Designer: James Macdonough

Watermark: None

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

68 Earliest use
A most colorful patriotic cover from Baltimore to Bremen, Germany

 

Guide to Identifying #69

Want to convert your garden variety #69 (SHOWN ON LEFT) into the super expensive #59, simple, just sandpaper the corner ornaments off. It is a fairly common trick, kind of useless as the altered stamp will never get the certificate that is required before anyone wil buy a #59.

The Essay's and Proofs


69-E1b
Die I Essay on Proof Paper (1903)

69-E1c
Die I Essay on Green Bond (1903)


69-E1d
Die I Essay on Colored Card (1903)

69-E2a
Die I Essay on Proof Paper (1903)
Printed through a mat


69-E2b
Die I Essay on old Proof Paper (1861)
Red Violet or dim red violet only

69-E2c
Die I Essay on Dull Light Green Bond (1903)

69-E2d
Die I Essay on Pale thin yellow wove (1903)

69-E2e
Die I Essay on Colored Card (1903)

69-E2o
Die I Essay Green Bond (1903)

69-E2p
Die I Essay Pink Bond (1903)

69-E3a
Die Essay on Proof Paper (1903)

69-E3b
Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (1861)

69-E3e
Die Essay on Colored Card (1903)


69-E3g
Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (1861)

69-E3l
Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (1861)
Rosettes blank
Ultramarine only

69-E3o
Die Essay on pale yellow thin wove

69-E3p
Die Essay on pink thin wove


69-E3 var.
Die Essay on glazed bond
Unlisted in Scotts


69-E4a
Die Essay on India
Card Mounted


69-E4b
Die Essay on India
Cut to Shape


69-E4d
Die Essay on Old Proof Paper
Corners drawn in Pencil


69-E4e
Die Essay on Old Proof Paper
Numerals sketched in


69-E5a
Die on India
Sunk on card


69-P3
Plate proof on India


69-E5b
Die on Ivory Paper


69-E6a
"Premiere Gravure"
Die Essay on India
mounted on card

69-E6b
"Premiere Gravure"
Die Essay on White Wove


69-E6d
"Premiere Gravure"
Plate #5 Essay on India

69-E6d
Finished Essay, P12 on
semi-transparent stamp paper
gummed


63-E11a
12 1/2c Premier Gravure
Die Essay on India
(The National Bank Note Company's only submission)

1851 US Postage Stamps