1908-1909 New Designs In 1908, the Post Office Department issued a new set of definitive (regular issue) stamps. While the 1¢ stamp carried a profile of Benjamin Franklin, all the rest bore a profile of George Washington. The border designs were identical, with a much cleaner and more modern look than previous issues. The uniformity and simpler design made preparation 331, 352332, 349, 358333, 345, 359334, 346, 350, 354 work easier and extended the life of the printing plates. Franklin Washington Washington Washington The $2 and $5 denominations were discontinued. Demand for the stamps decreased as international rates fell and the weight that could be sent per package was increased. While 1908-09 designs remained in use for several years, there were several varieties of perforations and watermarks. See stamps listed below. Scott Number Mint Used Series of 1908-09 335, 347, 351, 355336, 362337 338, 356 Double Line Watermark Washington Washington Washington Washington 331 1¢ green.................................. $11.00 $.50 332 2¢ carmine.............................. 11.25 .20 333 3¢ violet .................................. 50.00 3.50 334 4¢ orange brown..................... 57.50 1.25 335 5¢ blue.................................... 65.00 2.25 336 6¢ red orange ......................... 80.00 5.00 337 8¢ olive green ......................... 55.00 4.50 338 10¢ yellow............................... 95.00 1.95 339 13¢ blue green........................ 60.00 60.00 340 15¢ pale ultramarine............... 85.00 8.00 341 50¢ violet ................................ 395.00 29.00 339 340 341 342 342 $1 violet brown........................ 625.00 100.00 Washington Washington Washington Washington Imperforates Issued for Coil Makers The 1908-09 stamps were issued in imperforate form for private coil makers. These coil manufacturers joined the sheets, then cut them into strips, which were themselves joined to form very long coils. For example, the 2-cent carmine Washington was issued in 400-stamp sheets. These were divided into sheets of 100. Fifteen of these sheets were pasted 343 344 348 Franklin Washington Franklin together, and cut into coils of 3,000. Every twentieth stamp on the coils was pasted together. Long coils worked well in the new coil machines of the day. 353 357 364 Washington Franklin Washington Scott Number Mint Used Scott Number Mint Used 1908-09 Double Line Watermark 1909 Coil StampsImperforate StampsPerforated 12 Vertically 343 1¢ green............ $12.50 $6.00 352 1¢ green............ $250.00 $375.00 344 2¢ carmine........ 20.00 4.75 353 2¢ carmine........ 250.00 395.00 345 3¢ deep violet ... 50.00 49.00 354 4¢ orange brown 450.00 450.00 346 4¢ orange brown 65.00 60.00 355 5¢ blue.............. 450.00 500.00 347 5¢ blue.............. 90.00 75.00 356 10¢ yellow......... 4,750.00 4,750.00 1908-10 Coil Stamps1909 Bluish Gray PaperDouble Line Watermark Double Line Watermark Perforated 12 Horizontally Perforated 12 348 1¢ green............ 125.00 140.00 357 1¢ green............ 200.00 190.00 349 2¢ carmine........ 240.00 250.00 358 2¢ carmine........ 200.00 190.00 350 4¢ orange brown 425.00 415.00 359 3¢ violet (I)........ 3,000.00 8,000.00 351 5¢ blue.............. 425.00 495.00 362 6¢ red orange... 2,000.00 – – – 364 10¢ yellow......... 2,400.00 – – – Interest-Free Time Payments Available (#343-64 Have Same Designs as Preceding Issue) On Stamps $200 or More 12 First BEP Speedy Stamps In 1894, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) began printing U.S. stamps, including Special Delivery or “Speedy” stamps. Using plates from the American Bank Note Company, the BEP added a line under “ten cents” to distinguish its stamps from other issues. #E5 was printed on double line watermark paper. 1894-95 10¢ Messenger Running Special Delivery Stamps E4 1894, Used ...........................................$75.00 E5 1895, Used ...............................................5.50
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