The Justice Department Stamp Designs of 1873

Plates of 100 stamps - Perforated 12 - Issued July 3, 1873
Printed by the Continental Bank Note Company on "thin, hard" whitish paper

Number O15
1¢ Franklin
Number O16
2¢ Jackson
Number O17
3¢ Washington
Number O18
6¢ Lincoln
Number O19
10¢ Jefferson

Number O20
12¢ Clay
Number O21
15¢ Webster
Number O22
24¢ Number
Number O23
30¢ Hamilton
Number O24
90¢ Perry

All of the stamps were issued in purple. The 1¢, 3¢, 12¢ and 90¢ stamps range in color from purple to dark purple. The 2¢ and 6¢ stamps range from light purple to purple. The 3¢, 6¢, and 10¢ stamps are found in a bluish purple as well.

The 3¢ and 6¢ Justice Official stamps were also issued in 1879 by the American Bank Note Company on soft porous paper. The stamps are distinguished by paper type, the Continental stamps are on thin hard paper and the American stamps on soft porous paper.

see: Bank Note Paper Types

Three Cent Justice Stamps
Number O27 - Continental Bank Note Printing of the Justice Department 3¢ Washington stamp
Number O106 - American Bank Note Printing of the Justice Dept. 3¢ Washington stamp - Bluish to deep bluish purple

Six Cent Justice Stamps
Number O28 - Continental Bank Note Printing of the Justice Department 6¢ Lincoln stamp

Number O107 - American Bank Note Printing of the Justice Dept. 6¢ Lincoln stamp - Bluish purple