Hand Punched Printing Orders

    It was the practise of the American Bank Note Company to assign an order number to each request for stamps beginning sometime in 1905.
    In February 1911 the company started the practise of punching the order number into the plate itself.   If a plate was reused for a subsequent order the first order number was defaced and a second added to the plate.   This practise started with the later plates of the Edward Issue.   These order numbers can also be found on plates of the Postage Dues, the first Special Delivery stamp, and of course on the earliest Admiral Plates.

The Printing Order became part of the plate imprint in 1915 starting with order number 240.
Only if the plate was reused for a second order was the order number punched in by hand.

Plates used for each Printing Order

Printing
10¢
20¢
50¢
1¢ WT
2¢ WT
Order
Green
Carmine
Blue
Bistre
Plum
Olive
Grey
Green
Carmine
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83
1,2,3,4
1,2,3,4
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84
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1,2
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85
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1,2
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86
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1,2
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87
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1
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88
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1
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98
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3,4,5
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6,7,8
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100
3,4,5,6
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7,8,9,10
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101
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1
1
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104
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1,2
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108
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7,9,10,11
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12,13,14
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110
11,12,13,14
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115
15,16,17,18
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1,2
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19,20,21,22
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116
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14,15,16
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17,18,19
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20,21,22
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117
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1
1
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119
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2
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122
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23,24,25,26
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123
21,22,23,24
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25,26,27,28
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129
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2
2
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131
27,28,29,30
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31,32,46,47
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48,49,50
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138
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27,28,29,30
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31,32,33
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36,37,38
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146
46,47,49,50
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51,52,55,56
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147
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37,38,39,40
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41,42,43,44
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157
55,56,57,58
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59,60,61,62
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158
-----
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3
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174
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44,47,48,49
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50,69,70
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175
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3
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177
60,61,62,63
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64,66,68
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185
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5,6
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193
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1
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194
61,62,66,68
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71,72,75,76
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77,78,80
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195
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43,44,45,46
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59,60,61
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197
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2
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208
79,80,81,82
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87,88,89,90
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214
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59,60,61,62
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64,65,66
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215
89,91,92
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93,96
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216
-----
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5,6
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226
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5
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236
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69,70,71,72
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75,76
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240
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80,81,89
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242
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73,74,75,76
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265
93,96,99,100
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289
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6
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104,105,106
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295
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1,2,3,4,5,6,7
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8,9,10,11,12
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296
-----
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1,2
310
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5,6,8
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312
101,106,107,108
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109,110,115,116
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313
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2,3
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317
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1,2,3,4
321
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5,6,7,8
347
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12,13,14
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366
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13,14,15,16
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365
109,111,112,113
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117,118,119,120
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901
119,120
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909
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15,16,17,18
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Printing
10¢
20¢
50¢
1¢ WT
2¢ WT
Order
Green
Carmine
Blue
Bistre
Plum
Olive
Grey
Green
Carmine