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



There are 18 designs of indicia whose face value is six cents. Seven of these designs are distinctive enough that they can be identified by examining the images immediately below. The remaining 11 designs feature a bust of Abraham Lincoln (4 designs), a bust of George Washington (5), or a large numeral inside an oval (2).
   For a key to the Lincoln designs click here.
   For a key to the Washington designs click here.
   For a key to the large numeral designs click here.

Statue of Liberty head
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design U107
 printed in light green on white paper and diagnostic for Scott #551; or printed in dark gray-green on white paper and diagnostic for Scott #551a
 
Moby Dick
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design U108
= Scott #U554 (printed in blue on white paper)
 
White House Conference on Youth
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design U109
= Scott #U555 (printed in light blue on white paper)
 
Non-profit Organization
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design U155
= Scott #U609 (printed in green-blue on white paper)
 
single-propellered airplane
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design UC2
   printed in orange on white paper and shared by Scott #s UC3 (die 2a), UC4 (die 2b), UC5 (die 2c), and UC6 (die 3), plus UC10 (die 2a, revalued to five cents), UC11 (die 2b, revalued to five cents), UC12 (die 2c, revalued to five cents), UC13 (die 3, revalued to five cents), UC27 (die 2a, one-cent surcharge), U28 (die 2b, one-cent surcharge), and U29 (die 2c, one-cent surcharge).
 
DC-4 Skymaster
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design UC3
   printed in carmine on white paper and shared by Scott #s UC18, UC20a (erroneous six-cent revaluation), and UC30.
 
flying eagle
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design UC6
   printed in red on white paper and diagnostic for Scott #UC25.




Key to designs that show a bust of Abraham Lincoln

Question 1: Do the words "War Dept" appear near the top of the design?
(choose an answer below)

yes (go to Question 3)     no (go to Question 2)
 


Question 2: Is the back of Lincoln's neck long or short?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

long
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design U26
You have identified design U26, printed in dark red and shared by Scott #s U85 (white paper), U86 (amber), and U87 (cream), or printed in vermilion and shared by Scott #s U85a (white paper), U86a (amber), and U87a (cream).
 
short
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design U48
You have identified design U48, printed in red and shared by Scott #s U181 (white paper), U182 (amber), U183 (cream), and U184 (fawn), or printed in vermilion and shared by Scott #s U181a (white paper), U182a (amber), and U183a (cream).


Question 3: Is the back of Lincoln's neck long or short?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

long
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design UO11
You have identified design UO11, printed in dark red and shared by Scott #s UO23 (white paper), and UO24 (cream).
 
short
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design UO20
You have identified design UO20, printed in red and shared by Scott #s UO56 (white paper), UO57 (amber), and UO58 (cream).




Key to designs that show a bust of George Washington

Question 1: Is the denomination expressed in words only (i.e., "six cents")?
(choose an answer below)

yes
(go to Question 2)
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design U6
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design U12
 
no
(go to Question 3)
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design U14
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design U21
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design U93


Question 2: Are there two stars in the design (one on the left side and one on the right)?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

yes
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design U12
You have identified design U12, printed in red and shared by Scott #s U30 (white paper) and U31 (buff).
 
no
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design U6
You have identified design U6, printed in red and shared by Scott #s U11 (white paper) and U12 (buff), or printed in green and shared by Scott #s U13 (white paper) and U14 (buff).


Question 3: Are the numeral 6's enclosed?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

yes
(go to question 4)

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design U14
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design U93
 
no
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design U21
You have identified design U21, printed in pink and shared by Scott #s U62 (white paper) and U63 (buff), or printed in purple and shared by Scott #s U64 (white paper) and U65 (buff).

Question 4: Are there 6's at the middle of the design?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#3) you answered)

yes
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design U14
You have identified design U14, printed in pink and shared by Scott #s U38 (white paper) and U39 (buff).
 
no
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design U93
You have identified design U93, printed in orange and shared by Scott #s U529 (white paper; die 7), U530 (amber; die 7), and U531 (blue; die 7).





Key to designs that show a large numeral in an oval

Question 1: How high is the numeral 6?
(choose an answer below)

91/2 mm
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design UO3
You have identified design UO3, printed in black on lemon paper, and diagnostic for Scott # UO4.
 
101/2 mm
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design UO6
You have identified design UO6, printed in black and shared by Scott #s UO12 (lemon paper) and UO13 (white).

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