Is it possible to tell if the stamp on this cover is Sc. 136 or Sc. 158

Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by DonSellos, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    @Molokai or others who collect the 1870-1888 definitive series

    I have this stamp on cover and the postmark, while clear, has no year date.

    It seems like I recall you saying that you used to collect the Bank Note Series. If so, can you give me a reading on whether this stamp is Sc 136 or 158, or another Scott number?

    I know next to nothing about 19th-century U.S.



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  2. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    It looks like a 158 with the secret mark to me <DON>.

    <HOCH> knows these well; perhaps he will check-in.

    There is a 158 variety with a grill...
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  3. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    Thanks, Molokai. I'll call it a Sc. 158.

  4. RICHARD Babcock

    RICHARD Babcock Active Member

    Don there is also a printed on both sides type. if you can open cover to see inside of back of stamp place a bright light in front of cover so you can see through the stamp and cover. You just might see a off print of the stamp pastern. It would be rare so good luck. 158k.jpg
  5. RICHARD Babcock

    RICHARD Babcock Active Member

    This is mine but its used and just might be ink bleeding through rather 158 back 2.jpg then a back partial print.
  6. Takis Kalogerakos

    Takis Kalogerakos Active Member


    what has been issued from 1870 - 1880
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