Printing Method: Engraved
Printer: The National Bank Note Company
Subject: George Washington
Number issued: 10,000
Number sold: 346
Scott #: 109
$5,250 - $7,500
No postmark with gum (MH)
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
No sales recorded
#109's plate number is not known
The 24¢ Washington is not the easiest stamp to identify. Time and fading have altered the appearance of many, with the violet hue is particularly prone to fading. The above guide may be of some help in identifying which shade you have. Note that #109 is extremely rare, it is printed on harder white paper and its printing is crisper.
1876 Centennial parade, Philadelphia
The marble cutters float
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.