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Stamps issued for the different departments of the U.S. government. The use of these stamps was stopped in 1881.

1873 Agriculture

  1 c yellow
  2 c yellow
  3 c yellow
  6 c yellow
  10 c yellow
  12 c yellow
  15 c yellow
  24 c yellow
  30 c yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cRRRR 
2 cRR 
3 c****** 
6 cRR 
10 cRRRR 
12 cRRRR 
15 cRRRR 
24 cRRRR 
30 cRRRR 

 

1873 Executive

  1 c red
  2 c red
  3 c red
  6 c red
  10 c red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cRRRR 
2 cRRRR 
3 cRRRR 
6 cRRRR 
10 cRRRR 

With 'Specimen' overprint these stamps are much less rare (*** to R).

 

1873 Interior

90 c

30 c
(Reduced size)

  1 c red
  2 c red
  3 c red
  6 c red
  10 c red
  12 c red
  15 c red
  24 c red
  30 c red
  90 c red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c****** 
2 c**** 
3 c***** 
6 c***** 
10 c****** 
12 c****** 
15 c****** 
24 c****** 
30 cR*** 
90 cRRR 

 

1873 Justice

6 c 12 c 90 c
(reduced sizes)

  1 c violet
  2 c violet
  3 c violet
  6 c violet
  10 c violet
  12 c violet
  15 c violet
  24 c violet
  30 c violet
  90 c violet

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cRR 
2 cRRRR 
3 cR*** 
6 cR*** 
10 cRR 
12 cRR 
15 cRRRR 
24 cRRRR 
30 cRRRR 
90 cRRRRRR 

 

1873 Navy

  1 c blue
  2 c blue
  3 c blue
  6 c blue
  7 c blue
  10 c blue
  12 c blue
  15 c blue
  24 c blue
  30 c blue
  90 c blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c****** 
2 c******A 2 c green seems to exist: RRR
3 c****** 
6 c****** 
7 cRRRR 
10 cRR 
12 cR*** 
15 cRRR 
24 cRRRR 
30 cRRR 
90 cRRRR 

 

1873 State

  1 c green
  2 c green
  3 c green
  6 c green
  10 c green
  12 c green
  15 c green
  24 c green
  30 c green
  90 c green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cRR 
2 cRRRR 
3 cR*** 
6 cR*** 
7 cRR 
10 cRR 
12 cRRRR 
15 cRRRR 
24 cRRRR 
30 cRRRR 
90 cRRRR 
Larger size


(Genuine, image obtained from a Bennett auction)

  2 $ green and black
  5 $ green and black
  10 $ green and black
  20 $ green and black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 $RRRRRR 
5 $RRRRRR 
10 $RRRRRR 
20 $RRRRRR 

I have seen forgeries of the dollar values, example:


(Forgeries! Between 'Department' and 'State', 'FACSIMILE' is written, are these Senf forgeries?)


(Zoom in on the 'FACSIMILE' overprint)

I've also seen a similar forgery of the 2 $ value (also with overprint 'FACSIMILE' at the same place).

 

1873 Treasury

  1 c brown
  2 c brown
  3 c brown
  6 c brown
  7 c brown
  10 c brown
  12 c brown
  15 c brown
  24 c brown
  30 c brown
  90 c brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cR*** 
2 c***** 
3 c**** 
6 c***** 
7 cRR 
10 c****** 
12 c***** 
15 c****** 
24 cRRRR 
30 c****** 
90 cR*** 

 

1873 War

24 c 90 c


(Reduced sizes)

  1 c red
  2 c red
  3 c red
  6 c red
  7 c red
  10 c red
  12 c red
  15 c red
  24 c red
  30 c red
  90 c red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c** 
2 c**** 
3 c** 
6 c** 
7 cRR 
10 c****** 
12 c****** 
15 c****** 
24 c****** 
30 c****** 
90 c****** 

Envelopes of the War Department, example:

envelope 1 c red

These envelopes were issued in 1873 in the values: 1 c, 2 c, 3 c, 6 c, 10 c, 12 c, 15 c, 24 c and 30 c (all in red, with the portrait of a different person in the center).

 

1873 Post Office Dept. Official Stamp.


(Reduced size)

  1 c black
  2 c black
  3 c black
  6 c black
  10 c black
  12 c black
  15 c black
  24 c black
  30 c black
  90 c black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c****** 
2 c****** 
3 c** 
6 c***** 
10 cRR 
12 c****** 
15 c****** 
24 c****** 
30 c****** 
90 cRR 

Cut from an envelope, inscription 'POST OFFICE DEPT OFFICIAL STAMP.':

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

The following values were issued in 1873: 2 c black, 3 c black and 6 c black. All values exist in two types. Forgeries seem to exist of the 3 c and 6 c values.


Postal Savings Stamps

1911 Inscription 'US POSTAL SAVINGS OFFICIAL MAIL'

  1 c violet
  2 c black
  10 c red
  50 c green
  1 $ blue

These stamps have perforation 12 and watermark 'USPS'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c**** 
2 cR* 
10 c**** 
50 cRRR 
1 $RRR 


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