Arago: 15-cent Clay

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15-cent Clay

Beginning with the 15-cent printings, the numbers of actual stamps printed dropped dramatically. Over seven billion of the 2-cent watermarked printings were made compared to about 1.5 million unwatermarked and seven million of the watermarked 15-cent. Printed in a regal dark blue, these lovely stamps were most commonly used as payment for multiples of the 5-cent U.P.U. rate.

When the color of the 5-cent stamp was changed from brown to blue in 1898, the 15-cent was issued in olive green on watermarked paper to prevent confusion. Only about fifteen million copies were issued.

These 15-cent stamps, which depict U.S Senator and Representative Henry Clay from Kentucky, were most commonly used as payment for multiples of the 5-cent U.P.U. rate.


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  • 15c Henry Clay single
  • 15c Henry Clay top plate block of six
  • 15c Clay block of four
  • 15c Clay block of four
  • 15c Clay block of four
  • 15c Clay block of four
  • 15c Clay block of six
  • 15c Clay block of six
  • 15c Clay proof block of four
  • 15c Clay single
  • 15c Clay strip of three
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