1866 15¢ - #77
15¢ - Black or full black
2,100,000 - Scott #77 - 1866
No postmark with gum (MH): $700-$1,700
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $21,000-$25,000
There was no real need at the time for a 15c stamp at the time of issue as there was no
postal rate that required 15c. It was probably issued to commemorate Lincoln who had been
assassinated the prior year. Three years after it's issue the registration rate was reduced from
20c to 15c and the stamp finaly became useful. Postmarks before 1869 are uncommon and command
quite a good price premium.
The centering of this design and the 1863 2c were some of the worst in all of the 19thC issues, as
the designs were probably too large for the area of the stamp. Copies with the design clear
of the perforations on all four sides sell at a premium.
Lincoln Mourning Card
Produced by the Treasury Department