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3-cent Washington

Issued in 1908, the 3-cent Washington design served no purpose as a single stamp until 1917, when the three-cent domestic first-class rate was instituted as the war rate. Before this increase, the 3-cent Washington presumably would have best been used with a two-cent denomination stamp to pay the Universal Postal Union rate.

The 3-cent Washington went through twenty-three renditions. A variety of papers, coils, watermarks, and perforations distinguish these versions.

The rarest 3-cent Washington is the Bluish Paper issue, released in 1910. After 1917 the 3-cent Washington paid the first-class domestic rate. Patrons also used the stamp with other denominations to fulfill large weight and foreign destination rates. By the time the last 3-cent Washington stamps were sold, more than 10 billion had been issued.


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  • 3c Washington Type II unwatermarked single
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  • 3c Washington block of six
  • 3c Washington bottom plate block of six
  • 3c Washington left plate block of six
  • 3c Washington right plate block of six
  • 3c Washington top plate block of six
  • 3c Washington block of four
  • 3c Washington block of six
  • 3c Washington block of six
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