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

(updated 11 December 2014)



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


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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 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).
design U51
     no (go to Question 3)
design U28

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 You have identified design U50, printed in brown and shared by Scott #s U187 (white paper) and U188 (amber).
design U50
 
 
     no 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.
design U28
 

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 You have identified design UO21, printed in red and shared by Scott #s UO59 (white paper) and UO60 (amber).
design UO21
     no 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.
design U12
 


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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)
design U7

design U8

design U12
 
     as the numeral "10" (twice) as well as the words "ten cents" 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).
design U15


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

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 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. a>
design U7
 
     about 20 mm 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).
design U8

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