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



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)
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design U16
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design U22
 
Henry Clay's
(go to Question 3)
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design U29
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design U52
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design UO13
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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
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design U22
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.
 
two colors
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design U16
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.



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, see the next queation or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

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


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

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