1½¢ - Brown, deep brown, dark brown
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Subject: Warren Harding
Number issued: Not Known
Perforations: 11 x 10½
Scott #: 684
Issued: December 1st, 1930
No postmark with gum (MH)
25¢ - 50¢
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
50¢ - $1
#684 was issued with the following plate #'s
20390-91, 94-95, 98-99
#684 with a gutter in between two stamps. The panes of 100 were in sheets of 400, each pane was separated from the next by a gutter. Normally these are removed by the post office staff before sale. It is rare to find a gutter pair, the value is approximately $130.
The previous design of the Harding stamp, shown on the top row showed Harding in profile, and was not that pleasing. The design was changed to portrait, in line with other lower values and as you can see is a much more attractive design.
The source photograph of the vignette was the above photograph of Warren Harding taken by Edmonston in Washington DC.
A first day cover of #684, dated December 1st, 1930