Save on Classic Washington Stamps
Now you can own four scarce and historic U.S. Washington stamps for a great price. These stamps (US #37, 70, 78, and 99) were all issued in limited quantities over 145 years ago. Many examples have been lost to the ravages of time, making each one difficult to find today. As you might expect with used stamps this old, each has one or two minor imperfections that don’t detract from beauty or collectability but do allow me to offer them at a nice discount.
Must-Haves for All Serious U.S. Collectors
US #37 is the 1860 24¢ Washington perforated 15-1/2. It was one of the first perforated stamps in US history and was the first stamp with this denomination. In 1860, the 24¢ face value was a lot of money (over $45 today). Many early collectors were unable to add it to their collections and few were saved. Today, US #37 is fairly scarce in any condition, so don’t miss out on the chance to add it to your collection.
US #70 is the 1862 24¢ Washington in red lilac and was part of the first series to have the denomination represented by numerals in addition to being written out. There were only around 400,000 stamps printed, so it can be difficult to find examples today.
US #78 is also an 1862 24¢ Washington, but was printed in lilac. Both #70 and 78 are Civil War-era stamps that satisfied the treaty rate for mail heading to Great Britain. Who knows what fascinating messages these stamps carried? While Britain officially didn’t choose sides in the Civil War, if it had there could’ve been a different outcome. Some of the letters these stamps sent might have even been trying to sway Britain one way or the other.
US #99 is the 1868 24¢ Washington gray lilac with an “F” grill. Part of a short-lived experiment to discourage cleaning and reuse of postage stamps, only 200,000 US #99s were ever printed. The “F” grill is around 9 millimeters wide by 13 millimeters tall and has 11 to 12 grill points horizontally and 15 to 17 vertically. This type of grill was smaller than earlier grills to increase penetration of the stamps by the points. Thinner paper was also used to help achieve this. Very few US #99 are found today.
George Washington’s portrait has been featured on countless US stamps over the years. Get four classic 24¢ examples right now in used condition with one or two minor imperfections. These tiny flaws don’t detract from beauty or collectability but do allow you to save hundreds off Mystic’s catalog price.