My Scott# 120

Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by kacyds, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. kacyds

    kacyds New Member

    Just receive this today. Have been looking for a few months and finally won a bid at a price that I was willing to Hope you enjoy the pics as much as I am enjoying the stamp.

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    U.S. #120
    1869 24¢ Declaration of Independence Pictorial
    G Grill
    Earliest Known Use: April 7, 1869​
    Quantity issued: 248,925​
    Printed by: National Bank Note Company​
    Method: Flat plate​
    Watermark: None​
    Perforation: 12​
    Color: Green and violet​

    One of the finest examples of engraving, the center of the stamp consists of a miniature masterpiece. James Smillie engraved 42 persons, and the six principal figures can be recognized under a magnifying glass!

    The 1869 Pictorial Series
    The appearance of the 1869 Pictorials marked a significant change in U.S. stamp design. For the first time in American postal history, something other than portraits of national leaders was being pictured on a stamp. These were the first U.S. stamps to be printed using two colors.

    Printing with two colors required the stamps to be run through the press twice; once, to print the vignette (center design), and then again, to print the frame. Carelessness in merging the two impressions resulted in the rare inverts. Instead of an inverted center, the stamp actually has an inverted frame, since the center design was printed first. The 30¢ Shield and Eagle with inverted flags is the rarest of the 1869 inverts. The least obvious of the three, it was the last to be discovered.

    The pictorials were to be produced over a four-year period by the National Bank Note Company. When issued, however, the stamps were unpopular with the public. Within a year after their release, they were withdrawn from sale.

    Today, the pictorial issues are the most popular of the 1840 – 1870 Classic Stamps. Because the stamps were only in circulation for a year, they have become increasingly hard to find in both unused and used condition.
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  2. steve logan

    steve logan Logie Bear

    Very nice Kris
  3. kacyds

    kacyds New Member

  4. Larry L. Taylor

    Larry L. Taylor Active Member

    Maybe I could trade my #128 for the #120, 121, and 122. :D
  5. steve logan

    steve logan Logie Bear

    Sorry Kris :)
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  6. kacyds

    kacyds New Member

    Thats okay, just messing with you.

    Maybe the second Tuesday of next week!!! :eek:
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  7. swish513

    swish513 Active Member

    very nice!! thanks for sharing bob!! :p
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  8. kacyds

    kacyds New Member

    No problem, Fred!!
  9. windmill

    windmill Active Member

    Oh wow! looks very old, congrats kacyds :)
  10. kacyds

    kacyds New Member

    Yes it is Windmill. It was printed in 1869.
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  11. windmill

    windmill Active Member

    You are lucky, I checked ebay and that stamp is expensive :). Congrats again kacyds.
  12. Sam B

    Sam B Active Member

    nice looking stamp there Kris? not sure what you go by these days:D
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  13. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    WOW! Got me drooling already this morning kacyds! I can absolutely NEVER, EVER, EVER seem to find a decent #120 I would be comfortable spending that type of money on. I will have one someday and a #122 to complete my set but it's got to be somewhat reasonable. Great Job buddy! it's a beautiful specimen!!!
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  14. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

  15. kacyds

    kacyds New Member

    Thats nice, go for it. I dont collect proofs.........yet, lol
  16. Steve Robinson

    Steve Robinson Well-Known Member Supporter

    Lovely set Kris and I do like the proof as well LOL
  17. Philantic48

    Philantic48 New Member

    One of three of that set I am missing, 118, 120 & 122
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  18. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Nice old and good looking stamps you had there Kris. ;)
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