Green, dark green or yellowish green
Printing Method: Die-to-relief-to-plate transfer process
Plate: plate 1
Printer: Toppan, Carpenter, Casilier & Co.
Subject: George Washington
Number issued: 2,000,000
Scott #: 15
Issued: April 12th 1855
$75 - $115 (four margins)
No postmark with gum (MH)
$800 - $7,500 (four margins)
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
£3,500 - £6,000
Gilbert Stuart, 1803
Source image for the design of the vignette
Along the side margin of the sheet can be found the Printers imprint along with the plate number
#15 on a rare campaign cover, in this case depicting Fremont when a Republican Party presidential candidate in 1856
The Letter Rate for distances greater than 3,000 and under ½ oz was 10¢, the domestic rate for letters over ½ oz. Because of this the 10¢ stamp was relatively common. Not only used for foreign mail, it was used for coast to coast mail when the rate for the latter was raised from 6¢ to 10¢ in 1855.
The plate positions of Plate 1, the yellow spaces are #15's
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#15 comes exclusively from plate #1. In plate one there is a break in the bottom line of the value label and the pearl at the right and left edges care complete.
The stamps come in a wide spectrum of greens, ranging from light green to dark green. The darker the shade of green, the more desirable. Plate 2 stamps have not breaks in the bottom line and the pearls at the sides are shaved.
The 10¢ value was printed with wider spaces between the stamps than the 1¢, 3¢ and 5¢ values, consequently copies with less than four margins are sold at a heavy discount.
Narrow margins can be indicative of a #33 with its perforations trimmed off to appear as if it is a #15