1¢ blue green, green, dark green
Booklet pane of 6
Printing Method: Flat Plate
Subject: George Washington
Number issued: 1,815,000,000
Scott #: 462a
Issued: October 15th, 1916
$3 - $9
No postmark with gum (MH)
$3 - $4
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$5 - $9
There are examples of cracked plates, position 9 and 10 in the sheet. The crack is on the right margin of the pane on position 9 (shown above). An almost identical crack can be found in the left margin of position 10. The value of this cracked pane is around $300
A full sheet of 360 of the 1¢ booklet pane, in this case a proof sheet. The siderographers, or persons who created the plate from a transfer roll, signed the proof off in the bottom right corner.
#462a was issued with the following plate #'s
7449-74, 80, 84
During the World War I questions of economy were paramount and the Bureau finding that unwatermarked paper could be bought at considerable saving specified this for their contracts effective July 1, 1916. On August 22 this new paper was first used.
While these stamps were current, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing made the first experimental precanceled stamps. These were prepared for Augusta, Me., New Orleans, La., and Springfield, Mass.
The earliest known use of #462a, February 16th, 1917
Contributed by Tom Varela
1¢ Green Booklet, four panes of six
Value for unexploded booklet: $275
1¢ Green Booklet, sixteen panes of six
Value for unexploded booklet: $190
1¢ Green four panes of six
2¢ (463a) Carmine two panes of six
Value for unexploded booklet: $650
There are four different booklet covers for the 1¢ #462a, one of the books had additional panes of the 2¢ #463a. Each pane was separated from the next by a glassine, semi-opaque sheet. There is a tendency, over time, for these glassine sheets to stick to the stamps thus rendering the booklet almost valueless. In good condition with its contents complete they can fetch from $300 to $600 each.