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15-cent Webster

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) reused the National Bank Note (NBNCo) design of Daniel Webster in its 1879 Issue. Webster had proposed the legislation to produce pre-paid adhesive postage stamps. The stamp's image was inspired by a sculpture by Shobal Vail Clevenger (1812-1843), which was completed around 1838.

ABNCo printed a 15-cent Webster that was closer to the original NBNCo issue because the secret distinguishing marks that Continental Bank Note had cut into the plate had been diminished by cleaning or by the introduction of a new, soft porous paper. That paper provides one means of identifying the ABNCo issue; the ink color on the stamp offers another avenue in that the ABNCo stamp is a different shade, a red orange. Continental Bank Note’s was yellow orange and NBNCo’s used shades of orange.

The 15-cent Webster conveniently paid the registered fee and the U.P.U. five-cent rate in one stamp. American Bank Note printed approximately 14,750,000 stamps of the 15-cent issue.


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