Black, gray black, intense black
Printing Method: Engraved
Printer: Toppan, Carpenter & Co.
Subject: George Washington
Number issued: 3,000,000
Scott #: 36
Issued: July 30th, 1857
$25 - $110
No postmark with gum (MH)
$250 - $350
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
The double transfer can be identified by the rosette points overflowing into the right bottom margin.
A fake bisect with a fake cancel on piece
Five singles, all rebacked, all with fake vertical perforations and all with removed cancels to appear as if an unused strip of five.
Three known covers
Vertical imperforate in between
Three known examples
Value $4,000 - $6,750
As far as I can see there is no recorded example of a complete imprint. A one stamp wide imprint is all that is left to us
The 12¢ portrait of George Washington differs slightly from the 10¢ portrait as it was based off Durand's engraving (shown above) and not the original painting. The result was a more clearly defined portrait. The 10¢ portrait is more faithful to the original, keeping more of the 'wood teeth' smile that Gilbert captured so well.
This stamp typically was used most commonly for mail to Great Britain (example shown above), as a pair, for double rate domestic mail over 3,000 miles or for quadruple rate mail under 3,000 miles.