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



There are 16 designs of indicia whose face value is ten cents. Seven of these designs are distinctive enough that they can be identified by examining the images immediately below. The remaining 9 designs feature a bust of George Washington (4 designs) or a bust of Thomas Jefferson (5).
   For a key to the Jefferson designs click here.
   For a key to the Washington designs click here.

Columbus and Liberty heads
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design U76
= Scott #U351 (printed in slate-brown on white paper)
 
Liberty Bell
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design U114
= Scott #U567 (printed in emerald on white paper)
 
Tennis racket
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design U116
= Scott #U569 (printed in yellow, bright blue, and light green on white paper)
 
Compass
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design U118
= Scott #U571 (printed in brown and blue on light brown paper)
 
DC-4 Skymaster
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design UC4
= Scott #UC16 (printed in bright red on pale blue paper)
 
Jet airplane
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design UC7
= Scott #UC32 (printed in blue and red on blue paper)
 
Jet airplane
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design UC13
printed in red on white paper and shared by Scott #s UC40 (not revalued) and UC45 (revalued)




Key to designs that show a bust of Jefferson

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

yes(go to Question 4)     no(go to Question 2)
 


Question 2: Does the bottom of Jefferson's braid project strongly toward the oval?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

yes
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design U51
You have identified design U51, printed in chocolate and shared by Scott #s U189 (white paper) and U190 (amber), or printed in bister-brown and shared by Scott #s U189a (white paper) and U190a (amber), or printed in yellow-ochre and shared by Scott #s U189b (white paper) and U190b (amber), or printed in brown and shared by Scott #s U191 (oriental buff paper), U192 (blue), U193 (manila), and U194 (amber manila), or printed in gray-black on blue and diagnostic for Scott #U192a, or printed in red-brown and shared by Scott #s U192b (blue paper), U193a (manila), and U194a (amber manila).
no
(go to Question 3)
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design U28
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design U50
 


Question 3: Does the top of Jefferson's head and the front of his bust nearly touch the oval?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#2) you answered)

yes
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design U50
You have identified design U50, printed in brown and shared by Scott #s U187 (white paper) and U188 (amber).  
 
no
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design U28
You have identified design U28, printed in olive-black and shared by Scott #s U89 (white paper) and U90 (amber), or printed in brown and shared by Scott #s U91 (white paper) and U92 (amber), or printed in dark brown on amber and diagnostic for Scott #U92a.  

Question 4: Does the bottom of Jefferson's braid project strongly toward the oval?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

yes
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design UO21
You have identified design UO21, printed in red and shared by Scott #s UO59 (white paper) and UO60 (amber).
no
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design U12
You have identified design UO12, printed in red on white paper and diagnostic for Scott #UO25 or printed in vermilion on white paper and diagnostic for Scott #UO39.
 




Key to designs that show a bust of Washington

Question 1: How does the face value of the envelope appear?
(choose an answer below)

only as the words "ten cents"
(go to Question 2)
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design U7
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design U8
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design U12
 
as the numeral "10" (twice) as well as the words "ten cents"
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design U15
You have identified design U15, printed in yellow-green and shared by Scott #s U40 (white paper) and U41 (buff), or printed in blue-green and shared by Scott #s U40a (white paper) and U41a (buff).


Question 2: Are the words "ten cents" enclosed in a "label"?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

no, plus there are 2 stars in the design
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design U12
You have identified design U12, printed in green and shared by Scott #s U32 (white paper) and U33 (buff).
 
yes, and there are no stars in the design
(go to Question 3)
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design U7
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design U8


Question 3: How long is the label?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#2) you answered)

about 15 mm
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design U7
You have identified design U7, printed in green and shared by Scott #s U15 (white paper) and U16 (buff), or printed in pale green on buff and diagnostic for Scott #U16a.
 
about 20 mm
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design U8
You have identified design U8, printed in green and shared by Scott #s U17 (white paper) and U18 (buff), or printed in pale green and shared by Scott #s U17a (white paper) and U18a (buff).

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