Printing Method: Engraved
Printer: The National Bank Note Company
Subject: Benjamin Franklin
Number issued: 10,000
Number sold: 346
Scott #: 110
$6,000 - $7,500
No postmark with gum (MH)
$2,300 - $4,750
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
No sales recorded
#110's plate number is not known
Atlanta trial color proofs
1876 Centennial Exhibition, Pennsylvania.
The hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty was on display
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.
Between #71 and #110 there is an obvious difference in color. Things get trickier when looking at a #71 that has the sulphur effect. To truly identify #110 look for a crisp printing on harder whiter paper.