Arago: 8-cent Eisenhower

8-cent Eisenhower

When the domestic first-class letter rate increased to eight cents on May 16, 1971, the 6-cent Eisenhower stamp was re-engraved with the new 8-cent denomination. The stamp was issued in sheet, coil, and booklet formats. The sheet stamp was the first and only multicolored stamp of the Prominent American Issue. The black, red, and blue-gray 8-cent Eisenhower sheet stamp was printed on the Bureau’s three-color Intaglio Giori press, in use since 1957. This was a sheet fed press that printed from four plates of four hundred subjects in panes of one hundred with gauge 11 perforations.

The coil and booklet versions were mono-colored claret stamps printed on the Huck/Cottrell web mono-color intaglio presses. These rotary presses, in use since 1955, printed roll-to-roll from two curved plates mounted together around a cylinder forming a perfect circle. The plate layout was four hundred subjects in quadrants (panes) of one hundred.

The 8-cent coil stamps were produced in a horizontal format. The booklet panes were produced in horizontal panes of eight stamp and vertical panes of six stamps. Both formats utilized slogan stamp labels to produce even dollar booklets. The vertical panes of six were used in combination with the 1-cent Jefferson stamp panes to produce a one dollar booklet for use in vending machines.

The multicolored and mono-colored 8-cent sheet, coil, and booklet stamps were issued on May 10, 1971, in Washington, District of Columbia. In addition to paying the domestic first-class letter rate, the 8-cent stamps were used as multiples and with other denomination to cover existing rates.

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