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1861 Benjamin Franklin (originally one cent)

When pre-Civil War stamps were demonetized, replacements were needed. The National Bank Note Company won the exclusive contract to engrave and print stamps in 1861, a contract previously held by the firm of Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Company. National Bank Note produced a striking new design for the one-cent Benjamin Franklin stamp, released August 1861. Its portrait was based on a bust by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. The stamp was printed in an inadvertent variety of blues including shades that collectors describe as bright, deep, pale, and milky. © 2022 United States Postal Service®. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission


Floor Price: $2.99
MARKET CAP: $17,342.00
Listings: 12 (0.21%)
In Circulation: 5,800
Editions Burnt: 0 (0%)
Release: 09/07/2022
Series: Classics Forever
Licensor: United States Postal Service
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