The Post Office Department issued the first 10-cent Franklin stamp of the Third Bureau Issue in January of 1912. By its last printing, the 10-cent Franklin had witnessed five renditions, differentiated by a variety of papers, coils, watermarks, and perforations.
As a single stamp, the 10-cent Franklin paid the domestic registered mail fee. Patrons also used the stamp with other denominations to fulfill large weight and foreign destination rates. By the time the last 10-cent Franklin stamps were sold, more than 1.8 billion had been issued.