1861 10¢ Washington
IDENTIFYING THIS STAMP
You have the second version of the 10¢ Washington. It was issued between the years 1861 and 1869. It is common without the grill and fairly common with grill (see grills below). It can be distinguished from its earlier version by the fact that it has the number '10' in the top corners. Earlier versions had the roman numeral 'X' in the top corners.
Should the stamp have an embossed grill pattern on the stamp (shown below) then click one of the pictures in the grills area below.
If the stamp does not have an embossed grill click here to learn more.
A Guide To Embossed Grills
A grill is a grid that has been embossed onto the stamp. They are most obvious when looking at the back of the stamp. With the exception of the 'A' gril,l the grill is a block of this grid. The grid is made up of tiny points (they look like squares to the naked eye). The key to identifying them is to count the number of rows and columns of thes tiny points, and also to measure the width and height of the grid. Sound easy? Not really, these grids were not that well pressed into the stamp, often only a couple of sides are well defined, leaving the rest to a best guess. A trick to counting these is to scan the back, blow the up the size of the scan, and then count. Doing it with the naked eye is only for the patient.
The easiest to identify, the grid is all over the stamp, from one side to another. Click the stamp above that matches yours to view more details.
There are only four copies, all accounted for, so you are unlikely to have this stamp. Click here for this stamp.
The points are all pointing up. The grid measures 13mm x 16mm and is 16 or 17 points wide and 18 to 21 points high. Click here for this stamp
The points are all pointing down. The grid measures 12mm x 14mm and is 15 points wide and 17 or 18 points high. Click the stamp that matches yours above to view more details.
The points are all pointing down. The grid measures 11mm x 13mm and is 14 or 15 points wide and 17 points high. This is a fairly common grill. You will see it a lot on the 3¢ stamp. Click here for the E Grill. Click the stamp above that matches yours to view more details.
The points are all pointing down. The grid measures 9mm x 13mm and is 11 or 12 points wide and 17 points high. This is also a fairly common grill. You will see it a lot on the 3¢ stamp. Click here for the F Grill page. Click the stamp above that matches yours to view more details.
The rarest of the grills. The little points are all pointing down. The grid measures 11mm x 14mm and is 13 or 14 points wide and 18 points high. Click here for the Z grill page. Click the stamp above that matches yours to view more details.
DETAILS OF THE GRILLS
VALUING THE STAMP
The value is dependent on how well the design is centered on the stamp and whether the stamp has no hinge mark, a hinge mark or is used. The stamp also has to be undamaged, meaning no thinning of the paper, no tears and complete perforations. If there is a grill on the stamp it helps that it is clearly defined. Rare grills require a certificate.
THE RARE REPRINTS
This stamp was reprinted (shown above) on hard white paper in 1875 and it can be found by clicking here. The odds of finding one are very slim and they require a certificate to verify its identity.