American Bank Note printed the 30-cent Hamilton in 1888. It was the last Hamilton stamp created by a private printing firm. The Hamilton portrait did not appear on another U.S. stamp until the 1956 Liberty Issue.
National Bank Note Company had designed and engraved this stamp for its 1870-1871 Issue. NBNCo, Continental Bank Note, and American Bank Note printed the design for nearly twenty years. The same was true for the 90-cent Oliver Perry. This was the longest printing of a single design of any regular issue during the Classic Period.
This last 1888 printing of the 30-cent Hamilton was released in an orange brown color, which was a complete departure from the full black ink used to print the 1879 Issue. The 1888 stamp was used primarily in combination with other denominations to fulfill expensive rates. American Bank Note Company printed approximately 915,000 stamps of the 30-cent Hamilton.