This 30-cent stamp was the third to depict Benjamin Franklin and the second stamp of 1851-1861 to be issued without an imperforate release; all of the 30-cent stamps were perforated. In terms of color, it was the brightest of all the previously issued stamps. It served many different purposes. Though most frequently thought of as a single stamp usage on cover to France and Germany, it was also combined with lower denominations to pay more expensive multiple-weight or foreign destination rates. Toppan, Carpenter & Co. printed approximately 357,000 stamps of the 30-cent issue.