248 Washington 246 247, 264249 250, 265 Franklin Franklin Washington Washington 251, 266252, 267253, 268254, 269255, 270 Washington Washington Jackson Lincoln Grant 256, 271257, 272258, 273259, 274260, 275 Garfield Sherman Webster Clay Jefferson 261, 276261A, 276A Perry Perry Scott Number Mint Used 1894 Bureau Issues, Unwatermarked 246 1¢ ultramarine........... $55.00 $7.50 247 1¢ blue...................... 100.00 3.50 248 2¢ pink, Type I .......... 40.00 9.00 249 2¢ carmine lake, Type I 275.00 7.25 250 2¢ carmine, Type I.... 55.00 1.50 251 2¢ carmine, Type II... 375.00 13.00 252 2¢ carmine, Type III.. 165.00 18.00 253 3¢ purple................... 145.00 16.50 254 4¢ dark brown........... 185.00 12.00 255 5¢ chocolate ............. 160.00 10.00 256 6¢ dull brown ............ 200.00 30.00 257 8¢ violet brown (1895) 200.00 29.00 258 10¢ dark green.......... 375.00 12.00 259 15¢ dark blue............ 385.00 75.00 260 50¢ orange................ 725.00 160.00 261 $1 black, Type I ........ 1,250.00 440.00 261A $1 black, Type II ....... 2,450.00 825.00 262 $2 blue...................... 3,500.00 1,195.00 263 $5 dark green............ 5,000.00 2,250.00 262, 277263, 278 Madison Marshall Scott Number 1895 Bureau Issues Double Line Watermark 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 Mint Used $9.50 $.25 58.00 2.95 60.00 4.50 6.50 .20 52.00 1.95 70.00 2.50 60.00 2.50 276A $1 black, Type II .......... 1,650.00 275.00 277 $2 blue.........................1,400.00 475.00 278 $5 dark green............... 2,650.00 695.00 1¢ blue......................... 2¢ carmine, Type I....... 2¢ carmine, Type II...... 2¢ carmine, Type III..... 3¢ purple...................... 4¢ dark brown.............. 5¢ chocolate ................ 6¢ dull brown ............... 8¢ violet brown............. 10¢ dark green............. 15¢ dark blue............... 50¢ orange................... $1 black, Type I ........... 155.00 7.50 85.00 3.00 125.00 2.00 290.00 20.00 360.00 58.00 795.00 115.00 Interest-Free Time Payments Available on Stamps $200 or More Watermarks Added to Prevent Counterfeiting The United States printed stamps on watermarked paper from 1895 to 1915. The watermarks, consisting of the letters “USPS” (for United States Postal Service), were faint patterns impressed into the paper during its manufacture. Often only a single letter or a portion of a letter is found on a single stamp. Since the special watermark paper may already have been ordered at the time of the “Chicago Counterfeits,” the Postal Service may have anticipated the possibility before it actually happened. Other nations had used watermarking earlier. The “USPS” watermarks are in single line or double line letters. To see a watermark, put the stamp in a watermark tray face down and add a few drops of watermark fluid. The mark (or part of it) should show clearly, though it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between single line and double line. 9 1894-98 2¢ Washington Designs The triangles in the upper right and left corners determine the different types. 248-50, 265 Type I The horizontal lines are the same thickness and continue through the entire triangle. 251, 266 Type II The horizontal lines go through the triangle, but are thinner on the inside than on the outside. 252, 267 Type III The lines are thin on the inside of the triangle and do not cross the frame lines of the triangle. The “Chicago Counterfeits” of the 1894 2¢ U.S. Stamps The most talked-about counterfeits of U.S. stamps occurred in 1895 – when an ad in the Chicago Tribune stated that a Canadian firm had $115 worth of 2¢ U.S. stamps it couldn’t use in Canada, and would sell them for $100. Several dealers and others answered the ad. All received the proper number of 2¢ stamps! However, a philatelic expert detected that they were counterfeit, and the authorities managed to close down the operation. The fake stamps were “Two Centers” with Type I triangles to simulate Scott #250. 279 279B 280 Franklin Washington Lincoln 281 282 282C Grant Garfield Webster 283 284 Webster Clay Scott Number Mint Used Series of 1898-99 Universal Postal Union Colors 279 1¢ deep green.............. $12.50 $.20 279B 2¢ red, Type IV ............ 11.50 .20 280 4¢ rose brown.............. 55.00 3.00 281 5¢ dark blue................. 47.50 2.00 282 6¢ lake ......................... 79.00 4.75 282C 10¢ brown, Type I........ 265.00 5.50 283 10¢ orange brown, Type II 225.00 6.50 284 15¢ olive green ............ 190.00 13.50
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