The registered mail fee had been ten cents for about fifteen years when the Post Office Department released the Daniel Webster stamp of the 1890-1893 Issue. The fee that had been stable since July 1, 1875, was overturned on January 1, 1893. On that date the fee returned to eight cents, the pre-July 1875 level. T he American Bank Note Company printed approximately 70,591,710 of these stamps. Then on March 21, just two months later, the 8-cent Sherman was released as the new registered mail fee stamp.
Just as the 10-cent Daniel Webster was seemingly eclipsed by this new stamp, a second use for it became clear. It could be used to pay the combined two-cent first-class rate and the eight-cent registered mail fee, a total of ten cents. This kind of customer convenience had not been envisioned in the 1890-1893 Issue. No twelve-cent stamp was designed to pay the combined two-cent first-class rate and the then ten-cent registered fee.
When the fee returned to ten cents on November 1, 1909, it would be almost five years before the Post Office Department issued a twelve-cent stamp which could pay the combined registered and first-class rate.