The "Two Cents" Washington of the Third Bureau Issue continued the tradition of George Washington appearing on two-cent denomination stamps, the first having been the 1883 American Bank Note Company Issue.
The "Two Cents" issue is distinguished from the "2 Cents 2" issue. The Bureau of Engraving produced fifteen different renditions of the "Two Cents" Washington design, including booklet panes. A variety of papers, coils, watermarks, and perforations differentiate the versions.
The "Two Cent" Washington most often paid the two-cent domestic first-class rate. Patrons also commonly combined it with other denominations to fulfill large weight and foreign destination rates. By the time the last "Two Cents" Washington stamps were sold, more than 16 billion had been issued.