Postage Stamps of the United States - 1873

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Ulysses S. Grant

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John A. J. Creswell

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Postage Rate


Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per ½ oz

Registry Fee: 15¢

Foreign Rate: 5¢

Card Rate: A new rate of 1¢ for mailing cards was instituted on May 1, 1873


Stamps

1¢ Franklin
2¢ Brown Jackson
3¢ Locomotive
6¢ Washington
10¢ Shield and Eagle
12¢ S.S. Adriatic
15¢ Columbus Landing
24¢ Declaration of Independence
30¢ Flag, Shield and Eagle
90¢ Lincoln
12¢ S.S. Adriatic

Ordinary Postage Stamps First Issued in 1873 - The Continental Bank Notes
Continental Bank Note Company - Hard White Paper - Perf 12 - 200 Subject Plates - With Secret Marks

See also: Bank Note Identifier

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1873:
Continental Bank Note Co. - Hard White Paper - With Secret Marks
All but the 90¢ are known with grill and bring a premium if authenticated
Scott 156 - One Cent Ultramarine Franklin - EDU: Aug. 22, 1873 - about 448 million issued
Scott 157 - Two Cent Brown Jackson -EDU: July 12, 1873 - about 141 million issued
Scott 158 - Three Cent Green Washington -EDU: July 17, 1873 - about 2.7 billion issued
Scott 159 - Six Cent Dull Pink Lincoln - EDU: June 8, 1873 - about 38 million issued
Scott 160 - Seven Cent Orange Stanton -EDU: Sep. 10, 1873 - about 2.5 million issued
Scott 161 - Ten Cent Brown Jefferson - EDU: Aug. 2, 1873 - about 21 million issued
Scott 162 - Twelve Cent Dark Violet Clay - EDU: Jan. 3, 1874 - about 2.9 million issued
Scott 163 - Fifteen Cent Yellow Orange Webster - EDU: July 22, 1873 - about 3 million issued
Scott 164 - Twenty-Four Cent Purple Scott (only 1 verified copy known) Aug. 22, 1873 - number issued not known
Scott 165 - Thirty Cent Greenish to Grayish Black Hamilton - EDU: Oct. 14, 1874 - about 782,500 issued
Scott 166 - Ninety Cent Rose Carmine Oliver Perry - EDU: June 25, 1875 - about 197,000 issued

Commemoratives: The first Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893
Special Delivery: The first Special Delivery stamps were not issued until 1885
Postage Dues: The first Postage Due Stamps were not issued until 1879

see also: Designs of the 1870-1888 Regular Issues