Identification guide for design numbers of United States stamped envelopes, wrappers, and letter sheets
four cents



There are 12 designs of indicia whose face value is four cents. Four of these designs are distinctive enough that they can be identified by examining the images immediately below. The remaining eight designs feature a bust of Benjamin Franklin (3 designs), of Andrew Jackson (2), or of Abraham Lincoln (3). The remaining 3 images are of: Benjamin Franklin, with 3 designs accounting for 6 Scott numbers; Andrew Jackson, with 2 designs accounting for 16 Scott numbers; and Abraham Lincoln, with 3 designs accounting for 6 Scott numbers.
   For a key to the Franklin designs click here.
   For a key to the Jackson designs click here.
   For a key to the Lincoln designs click here.

Ulysses S. Grant
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design U87
  printed in chocolate and shared by Scott #s U390 (white paper), U391 (amber), and W392 (manila).
 
Mount Vernon
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design U95
= Scott #U527 (printed in black on white paper)
 
Pony Express
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design U101
= Scott #U543 (printed in brown on white paper)
 
Old Ironsides
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design U105
= Scott #U549 (printed in bright blue on white paper)




Key to designs that show a bust of Benjamin Franklin

Question 1: How many times does the numeral "4" appear in the design?
(choose an answer below)

two
(go to Question 2)
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design U90
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design U92
 
one
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design U96
You have identified design U96, printed in red-violet on white paper and shared by Scott #s U536 (die 1), U536a (die 2), and U536b (die 3).


Question 2: Are the 4's at the midheight of the design or on the lower half?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

midheight
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design U90
You have identified design U90, printed in black on white paper and shared by Scott #s U416 (die 2) and U416a (die 1); or printed in black on amber paper and shared by Scott #s U417 (die 2) and U417a (die 1).
 
lower half
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design U92
You have identified design U92, printed in black and shared by Scott #s U440 (white paper; die 1), U441 (amber; die 1), and U442 (blue; die 1).

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Key to designs that show a bust of Andrew Jackson

Question 1: How many times does the numeral "4" appear in the design?
(choose an answer below)

one
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design U73
You have identified design U73, printed in carmine and shared by Scott #s U324 (white paper), U325 (amber), U326 (oriental buff), U327 (blue), U328 (manila), and U329 (amber manila), or printed in lake and shared by Scott #s U324a (white paper), U325a (amber), U326a (oriental buff), U327a (blue), U328a (manila), and U329a (amber manila), or printed in scarlet and shared by Scott #s U324b (white paper) and U325b (amber), or printed in pink and shared by Scott #s U328b (manila) and U329b (amber manila).  
 
two
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design U66
You have identified design U66, printed in green and shared by Scott #s U250 (die 1, white paper), U251 (die 1, amber), U252 (die 1, oriental buff), U253 (die 1, blue), U254 (die 1, manila), U255 (die 1, amber-manila), U256 (die 2, white), U257 (die 2, amber), U258 (die 2, manila), and U259 (die 2, amber manila).




Key to designs that show a bust of Abraham Lincoln

Question 1: Is the inner oval notched?
(choose an answer below)

yes
(go to Question 2)
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design U81
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design U82
 
no
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design U83
You have identified design U83, printed in brown and shared by Scott #s U374 (white paper), U375 (amber), and W376 (manila).


Question 2: Is the bust narrow and undraped or broad and draped?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

narrow and undraped
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design U81
You have identified design U81, printed in brown and shared by Scott #s U371 (white paper) and U372 (amber).
 
broad and draped
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design U82
You have identified design U82, printed in brown on white paper and diagnostic for Scott #U373 (rare).


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