1869 15¢ Lincoln
This is a difficult issue because it tends to have heavier cancels that,
together with the darker colors, can obscure the defining attributes. In addition, the
position of the blue vignette is often shifted enough to do the same. I have deliberately
chosen examples that readily show the attributes. You may not be so lucky with your stamp.
On the #119 (Type II), there is a small diamond in the center of the vignette frame (red arrow),
right under the “T” in “POSTAGE”. On the #118 Type I) there is no diamond (green arrow).
Note also the dark brown outline around the vignette which also defines the diamond
shape on the #119 (purple arrow). There is no such frame line on the #118 (orange arrow).
Shown above - #118, click here for more information
Shown above - #119, click here for more information