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

(updated 11 December 2014)



There are 6 designs of indicia whose face value is twelve cents. You can determine which of the designs your item has by starting with question 1 below.

Question 1: Whose bust is in the image? (choose an answer below)

     George Washington's (go to Question 2)
design U16

design U22
 
     Henry Clay's (go to Question 3)
design U29

design U52

design UO13

design UO22


Question 2: Are there one or two colors in the design? (choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

     one color You have identified design U22, printed in brown on buff paper and diagnostic for Scott #68, or printed in red-brown on buff paper and diagnostic for Scott #U69.
design U22
 
     two colors You have identified design U16, printed in red and brown on buff paper and diagnostic for Scott #U42, or printed in lake and brown on buff paper and diagnostic for Scott #U42a.
design U16



Question 3: Are the words "War Dept" present near the top of the design? (choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

     yes (go to Question 5)
 
     no (go to Question 4)


Question 4: How would you describe Clay's chin and ear? (choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

     chin prominent and ear partially covered by hair You have identified design U29, printed in plum and shared by Scott #s U93 (white paper), U94 (amber), and U95 (cream).
design U29
 
     chin receding and ear prominent You have identified design U52, printed in plum and shared by Scott #s U195 (white paper), U196 (amber), and U197 (cream).
design U52


Question 5: How would you describe Clay's chin and ear? (choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#3) you answered)

     chin prominent and ear partially covered by hair You have identified design UO13, printed in dark red and diagnostic for UO26, or printed in vermilion and diagnostic for UO40.
design UO13
 
     chin receding and ear prominent You have identified design UO22, printed in red and shared by Scott #s UO61 (white paper), UO62 (amber), and UO63 (cream).
design UO22

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