Blue and carmine
Subject: Shield, eagle and flags
Number issued: not known
Printer: National Bank Note Co.
Scott #: 131
Earliest known use: 1875
$1,400 - $4,000
No postmark with gum (MH)
$1,600 - $2,000
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
No sales recorded
The stamp paid the rate for large-weight letters sent domestically or for double rate to foreign-destination rates.
The union side of the US produced a significant amount of patriotic imagery, an example of this can be seen above. Four years after the end of the Civil War the patriotic spirit was still strong. With the exception of the 3¢ and 12¢ values all the vignettes from the 1869 series emphasised the one nation idea. There were probably a few confederate die hards who were not too keen about putting an image of Lincoln or a US flag on their letters.
The only used multiple of #131