Initially issued in January 1909, the first 10-cent Washington stamp of the Third Bureau Issue underwent four renditions by the year of its last printing. A variety of papers, coils, watermarks, and perforations differentiated the varieties. The rarest 10-cent Washington was the Bluish Paper issue, released in 1909.
As a single stamp, the 10-cent Washington paid the domestic registered mail fee. Patrons also commonly used it with other denominations to fulfill large weight and foreign destination rates. By the time the last 10-cent Washington stamps were sold, more than 220 million had been issued.