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



There are 9 designs of indicia whose face value is thirty cents. Five 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 Alexander Hamilton.
   For a key to the Hamilton designs click here.

There are 9 designs of indicia whose face value is thirty cents. These indicia are found, collectively, on 27 Scott-numbered stamped envelopes and letter sheets. There are no wrappers with a thirty-cent indicium. Five of the 9 designs are distinctive enough that they can be identified by examining the images below.

Bust of Washington
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design U22
   printed in green on buff paper and diagnostic for Scott #U72, or printed in yellow-green on buff paper and diagnostic for Scott #U72a
 
USA
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design UC23
shared by Scott #UC53 (blue and brown on blue paper) and Scott #UC54 (yellow, magenta, blue, and black on blue paper)
 
Globe
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design UC24
= Scott #UC55
 
World map
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design UC25
= Scott #UC56
 
Olympics 84
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design UC26
= Scott #UC57




Key to designs that show a bust of Hamilton

Question 1: Do the words "war dept" appear near the top of the design?
(choose an answer below)

no
(go to Question 2)
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design U32
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design U55
 
yes
(go to Question 3)
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design UO16
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design UO24


Question 2: Which better describes the back of Hamilton's bust and the labels containing the value?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

Back of bust very narrow; labels parallel
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design U32
You have identified design U32, printed in black and shared by Scott #s U102 (white paper), U103 (amber), and U104 (cream).
 
back of bust broader; labels not parallel
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design U32
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design U55


Question 3: Which better describes the back of Hamilton's bust and the labels containing the letters U and S?
(choose an answer below or return to the previous question (#1) you answered)

back of bust very narrow; labels parallel
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design UO16
You have identified design UO16, shared by Scott #UO29 (printed in dark red on white paper) and Scott #UO43 (printed in vermilion on white paper).
 
back of bust broader; labels not parallel
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design UO24
You have identified design UO24, printed in red and shared by Scott #s UO67 (white paper), UO68 (amber), and UO69 (cream).

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