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Continental Bank Note Company

Continental Bank Note only printed U.S. stamps from 1873 to 1879; in 1879, it became part of American Bank Note, which took over the stamp contract. Despite its short duration, the Continental period includes some intriguing stamps.

Continental produced many of the 1875 special printingsā€”reprints of old U.S. stamps that collectors could purchase by mail. Some were sold in very small quantities, making them highly collectible today.

The company also printed official stamps for use by the U.S. government departments. First issued in 1873, official stamps were only in active use for about six years. Miller’s collection of them was considered among the finest of his day.

1c buff Franklin reprint single

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