Printing Method: Engraved
Printer: The National Bank Note Company
Subject: George Washington
Number issued: 10,000
Number sold: 436
Scott #: 104
$7,500 - $8,500
No postmark with gum (MH)
$3,750 - $6,750
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
No sales recorded
The plate number for #104 is not known
#104 is easily identified by it's color, which is a distinctive brown red. The crispness of the printing and the hard white paper are other features of #104. However many of the stamps submitted for certification as #104 are plainly the rose color of #65, #85 and other 2¢ Washington stamps
1876 Centennial event in Philadelphia
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.
Trial color proof