Prior to the 1890-1893 Issue, one stamp design was created and reused for all Henry Clay stamps. The National Bank Note Company created Clay’s likeness from Clevenger’s sculpture for their 1870-1871 Issue; it was used again by the Continental Bank Note and American Bank Note Companies.
The 1890-1893 Issue featured a new, strong image of Clay (befitting a man of his accomplishments and personality), engraved from a surviving daguerreotype. The stamp was most often used to pay large domestic rates; or sometimes, in combination with other denominations, to fulfill foreign destination rates. The American Bank Note Company printed approximately 5,548,710 of these stamps.