Varieties and types of postage stamps of the United States


1870-1882. Presidents of the USA.

Printed in line engraving by National Bank Note Co. (NBN), Continental Bank Note Co. (CBN) and American Bank Note Co. (ABN). Printed in sheets of 100. Perforation line 12.

TYPES

1 cent

  • blue, Types I, II and III

Types III and II:
USA postage stamp George Washington Types III and II

Type I:

  • without shading on the first circle to the left from number 1 (NBN).

Type II:

  • shading on the first circle to the left from number 1 (ABN and CBN).

Type III:

  • retouching: darker engraving in upper corners (ABN).

3 cents

  • green, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA postage stamp Types I and II

Type I:

  • vertical lines in ornaments below letters HR in THREE (ABN).

Type II:

  • outline around vertical lines in the ornaments (ABN and CBN).

10 cents

  • brown, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA postage stamp Types I and II

Type I:

  • ornament next to the letter E in POSTAGE without shading (ABN and NBN).

Type II:

  • the ornament with a shade (ABN and CBN).

 

POSSIBLE CONSTANT VARIETIES
1 Warn plate (?) USA postage stamp serror: The stamp on the right with barely visible engraving of the frame, appearing almost white

 

1894-1900. Presidents of the USA in medallion.

Printed in line engraving by Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Printed in sheets of 100. Perforation line 12.

TYPES
George Washington

2 cents

  • red, Types I, II, III and IV

Types I, II and IV:
USA postage stamp Washington Types I, II and IV

Type I:

  • without triangular ornaments in upper corners.

Type II:

  • horizontal lines go trough triangular ornaments, lines inside the ornament are of the same thickness as the lines outside the ornament.

Type III:

  • horizontal lines go trough triangular ornaments, lines inside the ornament are thinner then the lines outside the ornament.

Type IV:

  • horizontal lines don’t cross the ornament’s outline, lines inside the ornament are thinner then the lines outside the ornament.
Daniel Webster

10 cents

  • brown, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA postage stamp Daniel Webster Types I and II

Type I:

  • circular ornament around denomination doesn’t cross the oval medallion with the portrait.

Type II:

  • the circular ornament continues in the oval medallion with two thin lines.

 

1903-1908. George Washington.

Printed in line engraving by Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Printed in sheets of 100. Perforation line 12, imperforate, imperforate on one side, imperforate on two sides: horizontally or vertically. Watermark horizontally or vertically oriented.

TYPES

2 cents

  • red, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA postage stamp Washington Types II and I

Type I:

  • inner outline in the lower left corner thin.

Type II:

  • the outline is thick.

 

1917. George Washington.

COINCIDENTAL VARIETIES
1

1 dollar, dark brown

Impression on the back

USA postage stamp offset error - Front USA postage stamp offset error - Back

 

1959. Airmail, Statue of Liberty.

Printed in line engraving in sheets of 50. Perforation line 11.

TYPES

15 cents

  • orange and black, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA postage stamp 1959 Statue of Liberty Types II and I

Type I:

  • image and inscriptions joined in an orange frame,
  • frame on the left is black.

Type II:

  • image and inscriptions in separate frames.

Note: the Type II stamp was printed both on regular and phosphor coated paper.

 

1962. Dag Hammarskjöld.

Printed in line engraving in sheets of 50. Perforation line 11.

TYPES

4 cents

  • multicolored, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA postage stamp Dag Hammarskjöld Types I and II

Type I:

  • regular stamp.

Type II:

  • yellow background inverted.

 

1966-1967. George Washington.

Printed in line engraving. Sheets of 100, perforation line 11¼:10½. Rolls, horizontally imperforate, vertically perforated 10.

TYPES

5 cents

  • blue, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA postage stamp 1966 George Washington Types I and II

Type I (1966):

  • more details, the face appears to be old.

Note: this type was printed in two formats: 18,9 x 22,5 mm (sheets) and 19,4 x 22 mm (rolls), both on regular and phosphor coated paper.
Type II (1967):

  • retouched, the face appears to be young.

Note: this type was printed in two formats: 18,9 x 22,5 mm (sheets) and 19,4 x 22 mm (rolls).

 

1968. Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Printed in line engraving.

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TYPES

15 cents

  • lilac, Types I, II and III

Types I, II and III:
USA postage stamp Oliver Wendell Holmes Types I, II and III

Type I (sheets and rolls):

  • tie long and pointed,
  • letter R in OLIVER with straight downstroke,
  • right shoulder short.

Note. This type was printed:

  • in two formats: 19 x 22,5 mm (sheets) and 19,3 x 22 mm (rolls),
  • both formats on regular or phosphor coated paper.

Type II (booklets):

  • tie short.

Type III (sheets and rolls):

  • tie long and pointed,
  • letter R in OLIVER with curved downstroke,
  • right shoulder longer than in Type I.

Note:

  • there are 2 types of gum on stamps of this type: shiny and dull,
  • this type was printed in two formats: 19 x 22,5 mm (sheets) and 19,3 x 22 mm (rolls).

 

1982. Animals: bighorn sheep.

TYPES

20 cents

  • dark blue, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA 1982 postage stamp sheep types

Type I:

  • big format (image 0,5 mm wider)

Type II:

  • small format.

 

1991. Christmas stamp.

TYPES

29 cents

  • multicolor, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA 1991 Christmas postage stamp types

Type I:

  • the first chimney brick in the upper row well visible

Type II:

  • the first brick in the chimney is missing.

 

1992. Christmas stamp.

TYPES

29 cents

  • multicolor, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA 1992 Christmas greeting postage stamp toy

Type I:

  • printed in line engraving,
  • perforation line 10¾.

Type II:

  • printed in offset,
  • perforation comb 11.

29 cents

  • multicolor, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA 1992 Christmas greeting postage stamp steam machine

Type I:

  • printed in line engraving,
  • perforation line 10¾.

Type II:

  • printed in offset,
  • perforation comb 11.

29 cents

  • multicolor, Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA 1992 Christmas greeting postage stamp boat

Type I:

  • printed in line engraving,
  • perforation line 10¾.

Type II:

  • printed in offset,
  • perforation comb 11.

29 cents

  • multicolor, Type II

Type II:
USA 1992 Christmas greeting postage stamp train

Type I:

  • printed in line engraving,
  • perforation line 10¾.

Type II:

  • printed in offset,
  • perforation comb 11.

Type III:

  • imperforate (self adhesive).

 

1993. Hank Williams.

TYPES

29 cents

  • multicolor, Type I, II and III

Type I:
USA postage stamp Hank Williams Type I
Type III:
USA postage stamp Hank Williams Type II

Type I (sheets of 40):

  • 2 tuners on the guitar,
  • inscription on the left: 27,5 mm.

Type II (se tenant sheets):

  • 4 tuners, (2 partially visible)
  • inscription on the left: 27 mm.

Type III (booklets):

  • printed in line engraving,
  • black frame.

 

1995-1996. American flag.

TYPES
Year mark 1995 below the frame on the left

32 cents

  • multicolor Types I, II and III

Types I, II, III:
USA 1995 postage stamps flag types

Type I:

  • year mark 1995 blue, font normal,
  • inscription “USA 32” thin.

Type II:

  • year mark 1995 blue, font narrow
  • inscription “USA 32” thick.

Type III:

  • year mark 1995 red,
  • inscription “USA 32” thin.
Year mark 1996 below the frame on the left

32 cents

  • multicolor Types I and II

Types I and II:
usa-1996-postage-stamp-flag

Type I:

  • year mark 1996 blue,
  • inscription “USA 32” thick.

Type II:

  • year mark 1996 red,
  • inscription “USA 32” thin.

 

1999. American flag.

TYPES

32 cents

  • multicolor Types I and II

Types I and II:
USA 1999 postage stamp flag types

Type I:

  • year mark 1999 black.

Type II:

  • year mark 1999 red.

 

Bibliography


  1. Michel USA-Spezial 1997, Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, ISBN 3-87858-342-7