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Regular Issue of 1898

Fifteen Cent - Henry Clay
Issued November 30, 1898
#284 is the fifteen cent regular issue of 1898.(left)

284 of 1898 Small Die Proof 284 of 1898

 #284P2a 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.

- Stamp Design Subject -

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.

Known as the "Great Compromiser," Henry Clay was a principal figure in U.S. politics in the first half of the 19th century. He moved from Virginia to Kentucky in 1797, quickly rose in that state's politics, and was speaker of the state assembly in 1807. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1811.

In Washington, as a spokesman for the West, he was a leader of the "war hawks", seeking war against Britain in 1812. In 1820, he was instrumental in devising the Missouri Compromise, which settled a dispute over the extension of slavery into the western territory.

His first attempt at the presidency was in 1824, when he threw his support to John Quincy Adams--and was named secretary of state--in a four-man contest. The furor caused by this move led to Adams losing to Andrew Jackson in the next presidential election. In 1831, Clay was elected a senator from Kentucky and led the opposition to Jackson. He ran against Jackson in 1832 in a losing effort.

Following several disappointments in the early 1840s, Clay resigned from the Senate in 1842. He returned to the Senate in 1849 and helped persuade Congress to accept the Compromise of 1850 concerning slavery in the Southwest. The compromise kept the Union together for an additional decade.

- Technical Data -
Scott #:
Henry Clay
Series of 1894.
Issue Date:
October, 1894
Size (design):
Olive Green
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.
Bureau or Printing and Engraving
Double Line USPS (#191)
Known Plate #s:
No. Issued:
Earliest Documented Use:
May 1, 1899
Sup. Mail Type F or G, China, Samoa
Major variants:
None Known

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 to these values by the Universal Postal Union. The colors of the 10c and 15c denominations in order to avoid confusion.

When the color of the 5-cent stamp was changed from brown to blue in 1898, the 15-cent was issued in olive green on watermarked paper to prevent confusion. Only about fifteen million copies were issued. The 15-cent stamp, which depict U.S Senator and Representative Henry Clay (Ky), were commonly used as payment for multiples of the 5-cent U.P.U. rate.

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- Related Stamps of interest -

227, 259, 274, Guam 10, Phil 218, Phil 218a

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
Orange Brown
Daniel Webster (Type II)

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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