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

(updated 11 December 2014)



There are 13 designs of indicia whose face value is fifteen cents. Nine of these designs are distinctive enough that they can be identified by examining the images immediately below. The remaining 4 designs feature a bust of Daniel Webster.
   For a key to the Webster designs click here.

stylized Uncle Sam
design U128
 =  Scott #U581 (printed in red on white paper)
 
auto racing
design U134
 =  Scott #U587 (printed in red, blue, and black on white paper)
 
Liberty tree
revalued from 13 cents to 15 cents

design U123 revalued
 =  Scott #U588 (printed in orange-brown on white paper)
 
veterinary medicine
design U141
 =  Scott #U595 (printed in brown and gray on white paper)
 
five green stars, Olympics 1980
design U142
 =  Scott #U596 (printed in red, green, and black on white paper)
 
penny-farthing (high-wheeler) bicycle
design U143
 =  Scott #U597 (printed in blue and rose-claret on white paper)
 
America's Cup
design U144
 =  Scott #U598 (printed in blue and red on white paper)
 
honeybee
design U145
 =  Scott #U599 (printed in brown, green, and yellow on white paper)
 
USA in solid colors
design UC16
   printed in gray, red, white, and blue on blue paper and diagnostic for Scott #UC44, or printed in red, white, and blue on blue paper and diagnostic for UC46.


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Images featuring a bust of Daniel Webster:
Question 1: Are the words "War Dept" present near the top of the design? (choose an answer below)

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

Question 2: Does the front of Webster's hair protrude from an otherwise smooth curve of his head? (choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

     yes You have identified design U53, printed in orange and shared by Scott #s U198 (white paper), U199 (amber) and U200 (cream).
design U53
 
 
     no You have identified design U30, printed in red-orange and shared by Scott #s U96 (white paper), U97 (amber) and U98 (cream), or printed in orange and shared by Scott #s U96a (white paper), U97a (amber), and U98a (cream).
design U30

Question 3: Does the front of Webster's hair protrude from an otherwise smooth curve of his head? (choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

     yes You have identified design UO23, printed in red and shared by Scott #s UO64 (white paper), UO65 (amber), and UO66 (cream).
design UO23
 
 
     no You have identified design UO14, printed in dark red and diagnostic for Scott #UO27, or printed in vermilion and diagnostic for Scott #UO41.
design UO14

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