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.