1883 US Postage Stamps

1883 2¢ - #210


George Washington
2¢ - Orange brown
4,300,000,000 - Scott #210 - 1883

Value

Used: $0.20
No postmark with gum (MH): $5-$12
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $25-$45

In 1882 the inland letter rate was reduced from three to two cents and, as Washington had been associated for
many years with the stamp which franked the internal correspondence it was decided to transfer his profile from
the 3 cents to the 2 cents value. Accordingly, a new design was prepared, for the 2 cents bearing his bust and
Jackson, dethroned from the 2 cents, was given a place on the 4 cents (#211), which was a new value.


A pane of 100, there were two panes to a sheet


First day cover of #210 dated October 1st, 1883

The Essay's and Proofs


Black vignette proof mounted on watercolor frame design, on 80x90mm card
210-E3


Dusky blue green engraved vignette on white background mounted
on a brush and watercolor unadopted design, 88x101mm on card,
210-E4


Die proof on india die sunk on card
210-P1


Roosevelt small die proof
210-P2a


Small die proof on india
210-P3



Plate proof on white card
210-P4


Overprinted sample
210-P4

1883 US Postage Stamps