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11-cent Franklin

The Post Office Department issued the 11-cent Franklin to pay multiple rates rather than a single rate. The first eleven cent stamp issued by the United States, it underwent three renditions over the course of its use. A variety of papers, coils, watermarks, and perforations differentiated these versions.

Patrons used the 11-cent Franklin stamp with other denominations to fulfill large weight and foreign destination rates. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced more than 169 million of the 11-cent Franklin stamps.


Additional Records
  • Overview
  • 11c Franklin single line watermark single
  • 11c Franklin block of six
  • 11c Franklin plate proof
  • 11c Franklin single line watermark bottom plate block of six
  • 11c Franklin single line watermark left plate block of six
  • 11c Franklin single line watermark right plate block of six
  • 11c Franklin single line watermark top plate block of six
  • 11c Franklin block of six
  • 11c Franklin bottom plate block of six
  • 11c Franklin left plate block of six
  • 11c Franklin plate proof
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