5¢ light blue, bright blue, blue, dark blue
Printing Method: Flat Plate
Subject: George Washington
Number issued: 36,967,000
Scott #: 466
Issued: October 17th, 1916
25¢ - $1
No postmark with gum (MH)
$15 - $22.50
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$40 - $60
Earliest known date of use: December 7th, 1916
While these stamps were current, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing made the first experimental precanceled stamps. An example of a precancel is shown above. Almost all precancels have a solid line above and below the location name.
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.
#466 was issued with the following plate #'s