1¢ 1851-57
Plating Initiative

Contributers include: Richard Nance, Douglas Kouril 
Some images and information courtesy of Richard Doporto

The 1¢ 1851-57 Plating Initiative was started as an foundational, long-term archive for the 1851-57 Franklin 1 Cent stamps plating information. This is a community effort, others are welcome to join in and help publish this information for decades to come. Please use Contact page if you would like to contribute images or with data entry.



Graphical Plate Reconstruction - A unique graphical overview made from reassembled plates.
Note: This section is still under development.


View Database - A quick and easy way to view the Plating information by Plate Name, Scott Number, Type, Relief or Search by Position.


View Database - Advanced - Advanced user functionality allows you to contstruct multi-level filtering and search queries. Note: this page opens in a new window and takes 10-12 seconds to load.


Guide Dots Illustrations - A quick and easy way to view the Plating information by Plate Name, Type, of Relief. Simply select the plate name from drop down box.


Easy Identification of the US 1c 1851 Issue The 3c 1851-57 designs can be confusing to identify. This article is intended to help hobbyists easily identify the four different types by the process of elimination.


Step-By-Step Plating Identifier Tool - This simple to use tool guides you through the process of identifying your stamp with yes/no questions. Developed by Douglas Kouril


Frame Name and Letter Tool - This tool helps you understand the different names and letters assigned by Neinken for identifying a stamp’s plate position.

Additional Resources


USPCS web site