Printing Method: Engraved
Printer: The National Bank Note Company
Subject: Benjamin Franklin
Number issued: 10,000
Number sold: 3,195
Scott #: 102
$1,000 - $4,000
No postmark with gum (MH)
$600 - $1,700
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
No sales recorded
A set of imperforate 1875 reprints was printed for the Paris Exposition in 1900. The stamp above is the only one in private hands
A poster for the 1876 International Exhibition
In 1876 the United States celebrated 100 years of nationhood. A huge International Exhibition in Philadelphia, parades and events around the country were held as part of the celebrations. For it's part the Post Office re-issued all the stamps that had been issued up to 1875. They did not sell well and most of the production had to be destroyed. With the exception of the 1847 stamps they were valid for postage so used examples can be found.
These have been called the “special printings" of 1875. All the original plates were used bar US #1 and #2. The 1847 plates had to be reproduced as the originals were lost to history.
All the printings were on harder whiter paper than the originals and most had a shade difference from the originals.
#102 was printed with the following plate #
Engravers imprint and number
There is not much of a difference between #63 and #102. #102 is on whiter paper and the printing is crisper. The color is also ever so slightly deeper