8¢ Olive green or dark olive green
Printing Method: Flat Plate
Subject: Benjamin Franklin
Number issued: 21,375,000
Scott #: 470
Issued: November 13th, 1916
$1 - $3
No postmark with gum (MH)
$14 - $35
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$30 - $50
The eight cent denomination was issued primarily to care for the payment of registration fees and also for letter postage in excess of three ounces.
The earliest known date of use, February 13th, 1917
Vignette essay on india die sunk on card
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.
While these stamps were current, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing made the first experimental precanceled stamps. An example of precancel is shown above. Almost all precancels have a solid line above and below the location name.
#470 was issued with the following plate #'s
Imprint, A and number
"A" and number
7734-40, 42, 48