1¢ Violet

Engraved and printed by the National Bank Note Company of New York from 1868 to 1871.
Engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Company of New York from 1872 to 1880.

Used to pay the rate for newspapers and circulars from 1868 to 1880.
Also used to pay the local letter rate from 1873 to 1880.
All stamps were printed in violet.



a Die Proof in Grey Blue printed on India paper with the National Bank Note imprint.



Plate Proof block in Chestnut Brown printed on India paper.


Plate Proof block in Red Brown printed on India paper.


Plate Proof block in Orange Red printed on India paper.


Plate Proof block in Orange Yellow printed on India paper.


Plate Proofs in Blue Green printed on India paper.


Plate Proofs in Violet Grey and Black printed on India.


Plate Proof pair in Blue printed on India paper.


Plate Proof in Red printed on India paper.


Plate Proof in Violet printed on India paper.



Block of 4 in Violet. No significant variations in color are known.


In 1871 a new supply of the 1c value was needed and the American Bank Note Company
was asked to print the new stamps and to copy the previous design.

National(1868) Die
American(1871) Die



Various types of proofs are known
A proof progressive in black. A Die proof with a small dot of color 5 mm below the right hand "1".
Goodall proofs in the usual colors of Red, Brown, Black, Blue, and Green.


Die Proof on India without imprint


Goodall Proof in light Brown on woven paper


Goodall Proof in Grey Green on woven paper


Goodall Proof in Grey Black on wove paper


Goodall Proof in Orange on wove paper


Plate Proof blocks of four in Brown Lilac and Violet printed on India paper and mounted on card.


Plate Proof examples in Orange and Yellow Brown

Also known in Red Brown, shades of Green, and Black



Block of eight with imprint in Brown Lilac.


In 1877 a new supply of the 1c was needed and the stamps were printed from the same plate
and in the same color but were rouletted instead of pereforated.


Rouletted block of four in Brown Lilac.