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1898 - Stamps by Year

Regular Issue of 1898

Ten Cent - Daniel Webster
Issued November 11, 1898
#283 (type II) is the Ten cent issue of the Series of 1898.

283 Series of 1898Small Die Proof 283p2a Series of 1898

 #283P2a Small Die Proof (right) was a small die proof produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for display by the Post Office Department at the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, in San Francisco, California.

This stamp is part of the first issue produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Prior stamps were produced by private firms under contract to the government.

- Stamp Design Subject -

Rising quickly within the Federalist Party, Daniel Webster was elected in 1812 to the U.S. House of Representatives because of his opposition to the War of 1812. After three terms, he returned to practicing law in Boston and won major constitutional cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Dartmouth College v. Woodward and McCulloch v. Maryland.

Webster returned to Congress in 1827 as a senator from Massachusetts. Webster ran for the presidency as one of three Whig candidates in 1836, but carried only his home state.

President William Henry Harrison named Webster secretary of state in 1841. At Harrison's death, John Tyler succeeded to the presidency and all Whig members of the cabinet but Webster resigned. He finally succumbed to pressure and resigned in 1843. Webster opposed both the annexation of Texas in 1845 and the subsequent war with Mexico, issues he believed forced the nation to face the issue of the expansion of slavery. Webster opposed the expansion of slavery, but opposed even more the threat to the Union through the dispute. He was named secretary of state by Millard Fillmore in 1850 to supervise the strict enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act. Webster's stand antagonized antislavery forces and split the Whig Party.

- Technical Data -
Scott #:
Daniel Webster
The Series of 1898.
Issue Date:
November 11, 1898
Omaha, Nebraska
Size (design):
Orange Brown
Printing Method:

Plates for the 1897-1903 issue were of two sizes:
400 subjects for the 1c and 2c denominations; 200 subjects for all 4c, 5c, 6c and 15c denominations; and both 400 and 200 for the 10c denomination; all issued in panes of 100 each.
Printings from the 400 subject plates show the watermark reading horizontally, on the 200 subject plate printings the watermark reads vertically.

On the 400 subject plate 932, all are Type I except the following: UL 20; UR 11, 12, 13; LL 61, 71, 86, these 7 being Type II.

Bureau or Printing and Engraving

Double Line USPS (#191)

Known Plate #s:
932-935, 996-999, 1336-1339
No. Issued:
Earliest Documented Use:
Mar. 13, 1899.
Sup. Mail Type G, China, Puerto Rico
Major variants:
282C (type I)

In January, 1898, the color of the 1-cent stamp was changed to green and in March, 1898, that of the 5-cents to dark blue in order to conform to the colors assigned these values by the Universal Postal Union. These changes necessitated changing the colors of the 10c and 15c denominations in order to avoid confusion.

282c Type I Identification  283 Type II Identification

Type I (left) stamps are typically found in shades of brown and dark brown. The circles around the numerals “10” do not penetrate (impinge) on this white border.

Type II (right) stamps are typically found in shades of orange brown. In the Type II stamps the circles around the numerals “10” do impinge into the white border. The plates producing the Type II stamps were printed from newer plates. They had been prepared by using the original dies, upon which the impingement existed but had been removed from the plates used previously.

The 10-cent stamp was used to pay the first-class rate plus registry and double U.P.U. first-class rates.

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- Related Stamps of interest -

Scott's 226, 258, Cuba 226, Cuba 226a, Guam 8, Guam 9, Phil 217, Phil 217a, P.R. 214

The Series of 1894.

- Other Stamps of 1898 -

Regular Issues:

For the two cent stamp, see Scott 279B, (1897)
Rose Brown
Lilac Brown
Orange Brown
Dark Blue
Lake, Claret
Purple Lake

Commemorative Issues:

# 285-293 Trans-Mississippi Exposition Series of 1898

# 285
"Marquette", is based on a painting by Lamprecht.
# 286
"Farming in the West", is based on a photograph.
# 287
"Indian hunting buffalo", is based on an engraving in Schoolcraft's history of the Indian tribes.
# 288
"Fremont on the Rocky Mountains", is based on an old engraving.
# 289
"Troops guarding train", is based on a drawing, by Frederic Remington.
# 290
"Hardships of emigration", is based on a painting, by A. G. Heaton.
# 291
"Mining prospector", a drawing, by Frederic Remington.
# 292
"Cattle in a storm", is based on a painting, by J. MacWhirter.
# 293
"Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis", is based on photograph.

Special Delivery:
None were issued in 1898

Postage Dues:
None were issued in 1898

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