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1908-9 Washington-Franklin Double Line Watermark Perforated 12

In 1908 the Post Office changed the design of its regular issue stamps once again. Collectors refer to the definitive stamps of 1908-22 collectively as “Washington-Franklins.” You will also find the stamp called the "Third Bureau Issue." The new designs were simpler. They used only two portraits and all stamps had identical frames. The new, simpler, approach was intended to make production easier. At the same, the Post Office began to experiment with a variety of papers, perforations, and watermarking combinations in an effort to arrive at stamps that were more resilient to storage and weather, easier for customers to handle and separate, and secure from counterfeiting. These experiments resulted in a huge assortment of collectible variations – in all collectors recognize more than 300 varieties of Washington-Franklin era stamps.







Denom. Description Mint Used
1 cent Franklin green $10.75 $0.40
2 cent Washington carmine $9.50 $0.40
3 cent Washington deep violet $52.50 $2.85
4 cent Washington orange brown $65.00 $1.40
5 cent Washington blue $80.00 $2.50
6 cent Washington red orange $95.00 $6.00
8 cent Washington olive green $75.00 $2.75
10 cent Washington yellow $105.00 $1.75
13 cent Washington blue green $63.50 $25.00
15 cent Washington ultramarine $87.50 $6.25
50 cent Washington violet $435.00 $19.50
1 dollar Washington violet brown $675.00 $85.00


1908-09 Imperforate Double Line Watermark

The 1908-09 imperforate stamps were produced for private firms that in turn used the imperforate stamps to manufacture coil stamps that were issued via vending machines. The distinctive separations found on these stamps are called private perforations and they are usually attributed to their manufacturer such as Schermack or Brinkerhoff.





Denom. Description Mint Used
1 cent Franklin green $6.50 $5.00
2 cent Washington carmine $9.75 $3.00
3 cent Deep violet $20.00 $19.50
4 cent Orange brown $30.00 $23.50
5 cent Blue $50.00 $37.50


1908-10 Coil Double Line Watermark Perforated 12 Horizontal





Denom. Description Mint Used
1 cent Franklin green $55.00 $37.50
2 cent Washington carmine $95.00 $60.00
4 cent Orange brown $225.00 $150.00
5 cent Blue $240.00 $185.00


1909 Coil Double Line Watermark Perforated 12 Vertical





Denom. Description Mint Used
1 cent Franklin green $130.00 $130.00
2 cent Washington carmine $130.00 $80.00
4 cent Orange brown $315.00 $200.00
5 cent Blue $335.00 $225.00


1909 Double Line Watermark Blue Paper

The blue-gray tint to the paper used in these stamps was the result of rag content being added to the wood pulp during manufacture. The Post Office was experiencing problems with sheets of stamps shrinking as they aged and it was hoped the different paper mix would help. The experiment was not successful and the blue paper was soon abandoned.



Denom. Description Mint Used
1 cent Franklin green $130.00 $90.00
2 cent Washington carmine $130.00 $90.00






1909 Commemoratives

1909 saw several very popular commemorative series issued. A small size stamp celebrating the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth was based on a statue by Augustus St. Gaudens. The Alaska-Yukon issue featured William Seward who had negotiated the purchase of Alaska. The Hudson-Fulton issue recognized the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson discovering the Hudson River.







Denom. Description Mint Used
2 cent Lincoln Perforated 12 $9.75 $1.85
2 cent Lincoln Imperforate $27.50 $21.75
2 cent Lincoln Bluish paper $295.00 $250.00
2 cent Alaska-Yukon William H. Seward Perforated 12 $12.75 $1.95
2 cent Alaska-Yukon William H. Seward Imperforate $32.75 $22.50
2 cent Hudson-Fulton Perforated 12 $16.00 $4.25
2 cent Hudson-Fulton Imperforate $39.50 $26.50


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These prices for U.S. stamps are provided as a service to Hobbizine readers. They are derived from numerous sources such as dealer price lists, advertisements in philatelic publications, and public auction results. Use these values as a guideline for evaluating the reasonableness of dealer prices, setting up trades with other collectors, and estimating the worth of your collection. The value of an individual stamp is dependent on its centering and condition. The prices listed here are for well centered, undamaged stamps. A particularly nice example might sell for more than the amount listed, while a poor copy might be worth less.

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