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

(updated 11 December 2014)



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
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
design UC23
   shared by Scott #UC53 (blue and brown on blue paper) and Scott #UC54 (yellow, magenta, blue, and black on blue paper)
 
globe
design UC24
 =  Scott #UC55
 
world map
design UC25
 =  Scott #UC56
 
Olympics 84
design UC26
 =  Scott #UC57


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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)
design U32

design U55
 
     yes (go to Question 3)
design UO16

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 You have identified design U32, printed in black and shared by Scott #s U102 (white paper), U103 (amber), and U104 (cream).
design U32
 
     back of bust broader; labels not parallel You have identified design U55, printed in black and shared by Scott #s U204 (white paper), U205 (amber), U206 (cream), U207 (oriental buff), U208 (blue), U209 (manila), and U210 (amber manila), or printed in red-brown and shared by Scott #s U336 (white paper), U337 (amber), U338 (oriental buff), U339 (blue), U340 (manila), and U341 (amber manila), or printed in yellow-brown and shared by Scott #s U336a (white paper), U337a (amber), U338a (oriental buff), U339a (blue), and U341a (amber manila), or printed in chocolate and shared by Scott #s U336b (white paper) and U337b (amber), or printed in brown on manila paper and diagnostic for Scott #U340a.
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 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).
design UO16
 
     back of bust broader; labels not parallel You have identified design UO24, printed in red and shared by Scott #s UO67 (white paper), UO68 (amber), and UO69 (cream).
design UO24

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