The 2-cent Jackson stamp of the American Bank Note Company 1879 Issue was printed from the original National Bank Note Company (NBNCo) plate that had been modified with secret marks by Continental Bank Note (CBNCo). That distinguishing mark is, at best, difficult to spot, and in some printings it has not transferred to the paper. On the 2-cent stamp design, the secret mark is a small diagonal line in the top left of the stamp that extends from the rim of the border line above the ‘U.S.’ to the tip of the curled ornament.
Louis Delnoce of NBNCo engraved the design from the Hiram Powers bust of Andrew Jackson. NBNCo had printed the stamp in a red brown ink, and CBNCo and ABNCo printed it in vermilion. The 1875 and 1879 versions of the stamp are distinguishable only by the soft porous paper used by American Bank Note.
The stamp could have paid the multiple domestic rates or, in combination with other denominations, higher foreign destination rates. American Bank Note Company printed approximately 440 million of the 2-cent Jackson issue.