Orange, yellowish Orange
Subject: Eagle and shield
Number issued: 3,229,700
Printer: National Bank Note Co.
Scott #: 116
Earliest known use: April 1st, 1869
$30 - $60
No postmark with gum (MH)
$500 - $1,800
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$1,800 - $4,000
The 1869 pictorial stamps were grilled on the reverse with the G grill. An illustration of this grill is shown above
The stamp on the left is sulpharized, the iron oxide in the yellow ink has been allowed to turn the ink brown in the drying process. Sulphurized stamps have a discounted value.
Be careful about the paper. If the stamp is on India paper, versus white wove paper, then you have a proof which has had gum, fake perforations and a grill added. This has been done to make the relatively inexpensive proof appear to be the expensive genuine #116
#116 was issued with the following plate #'s
Imprint and plate number
The commonly used theme of the bald eagle and the US shield was used for the vignette. It was the first stamp to depict an animal.
There are very few blocks left of #116. Above is the largest known multiple, a block of 15
The stamp paid the single-weight rate to many foreign countries, including Mexico, Germany (shown above), Brazil, and Hungary.