7¢ grey black, black
Printing Method: Flat Plate
Subject: George Washington
Number issued: 21,375,000
Scott #: 469
Issued: October 10th, 1916
No postmark with gum (MH)
$45 - $70
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$90 - $150
Earliest known date of use: February 19th, 1917
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.
#469 was issued with the following plate #'s