2-cents Washington Shield Stamp (Scott #319)

The Bureau of Printing and Engraving reacted quickly to the public’s dislike of the original 2¢ stamp and produced a new 2¢ Washington stamp. The stronger more bold design replaced the ornate flag background with a shield and strengthened Washington’s portrait. The replacement stamp was placed into circulation in November 1903, ten months after the first 2nd Bureau Washington debacle. Like its predecessor, the Washington shield was cut into booklet panes, saw further use in the production of imperforate, and later private vending coil stamps.

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gabon cover

Star-in-diamond machine cancel

  • 1st class letter (< 1 ounce)
  • 2nd class (< 8 oz newspaper or magazine)
  • 3rd class (< 4 oz printed matter )
  • 4th class (< 2 oz samples or merchandise)

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5-dollars Marshall Stamp (Scott #313)

Common to large denominations, the 5$ Marshall stamp found use on parcels. Uses on cover are difficult to find and solo uses do not exist. This stamp was issued on June 5, 1903.

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  • Registered mail
  • Parcels
  • Heavy international letters

Philatelic use

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2-dollars Madison Stamp (Scott #312)

Common to most large denominations, the 2$ James Madison stamp found use on parcels. Uses on cover are difficult to find and solo uses are rare with only two recorded both to Palestine. This stamp was issued on June 5, 1903.

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  • Registered mail
  • Parcels
  • Heavy international letters

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  • Philatelic

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Scott 312 used block

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1-dollar Farragut Stamp (Scott #311)

Common to most large denominations, the 1$ Farragut stamp found use on heavy letters and parcels. Uses on cover are difficult to find and solo uses are rare. This stamp was issued on June 5, 1903.

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  • 20 times UPU 5¢ foreign letter rate.
  • 50 times domestic 2¢ rate.
  • Various combinations with special services.

    Solo $1 Farragut franking once tied to a bank tag. The tag was attached to a bag carrying $50 of fractional silver (coins). The postage paid the 8¢ registry fee plus 92 times the 2¢/ounce 1st class rate for up to 2.875 pounds. $50 of silver weighed 2.76 pounds.

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50-cents Jefferson Stamp (Scott #310)

Common to most large denominations, the 50¢ Thomas Jefferson stamp found use on heavy letters and parcels. Uses on cover are difficult to find. The stamp was issued on March 23, 1903.

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50c stamp to germany

50¢ solo franking 

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15-cents Clay Stamp (Scott #309)

The Henry Clay stamp was issued May 27, 1903, and primarily found use on registered mail, parcels, and heavy letters.

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hawaii to scotland

Registered from Hawaii to Scotland

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13-cents Harrison Stamp (Scott #308)

One of the two stamps issued in 1902 the 13¢ William Henry Harrison stamp found use on multiple rates and registered foreign destined mail. The stamp also saw use well into the 3rd bureau series (the Washington-Franklins) and was sold as late as 1911. Solo uses of the Harrison stamp are most commonly found on registered foreign destined covers.

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Registered from Puerto Rico to Italy.

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10-cents Webster Stamp (Scott #307)

The 10¢ Webster stamp was issued in February 1903 and found use on registered and special delivery letters, multiple rates, and two times the UPU rate (pre-Oct. 1, 1907) of 5¢ per ounce.

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azores

Registered to Turkey

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8-cents Martha Washington Stamp (Scott #306)

The 8¢ Martha Washington stamp was the first US definitive or commemorative stamp to feature a woman. One of two 2nd Bureau stamps issued in November 1902, the 8¢ stamp primarily sought use on domestic registered letters. Solo frankings are uncommon but can be found on four times the 1st class 2¢ / ounce rate and the two ounce UPU rate (after October 1, 1907, the UPU rate changed to 5¢ for the first ounce and 3¢ for each additional ounce).

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6-cents Garfield Stamp (Scott #305)

The 6¢ James Garfield stamp was issued in 1903. The stamp saw minimal use compared to the other lower denominations. The most common use for the Garfield stamp was to make-up the 8¢ or 10¢ registry rates. Solo frankings are challenging to find.

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