Identification Guide for Two Cent United States Postage Stamps

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V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 400 - Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
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(updated 19 January 2014)


Welcome to the online identification guide for two-cent United States postage stamps.

Purpose of this web page: The purpose of this web page is to help you identify the Scott number for two cent United States postage stamps.

Limitations of this web page: This page often requires you to use a perforation gauge to determine how many perforations there are in 2 cm. Sometimes you will have to determine whether the paper a stamp is printed on is watermarked or not. Occasionally you will have to measure the design to determine the printing method used. These are tasks you have to perform and are not something that you can ask someone to do based on an image of a stamp. Further, this is not the place for determining the value of a stamp. There are many variables that can affect the value of a stamp, and these usually require a direct examination of the stamp. A good place to begin is a local stamp club. Club members are usually willing to give you an idea if what you have is worth a more detailed review by a dealer. They can also save you the embarrassment of walking into a dealer's shop and announcing that you have found a rare stamp, which you probably have not.

How to contribute: Feedback about this page is welcomed and should be e-mailed to info@vfthomas.com or sent by traditional mail to U.S. Postage Stamp Identifier, c/o V. F. Thomas Co.; P. O. Box 400; Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.






There are 184 United States postage stamps with a denomination of two cents. You can determine which one you have by comparing your stamp with the images below and then reading what is printed to the right of the matching image. Sometimes that will involve working your way from left to right in a table.



Andrew Jackson
design A32
with grill grill about 12 x 14 mm, 15 x 17–18 points (= grill D) - Your stamp is Scott #84
grill about 11 x 14 mm, 13–14 x 18 points (= grill Z) - Your stamp is Scott #85B
grill about 11 x 13 mm, 14–15 x 17 points (= grill E) - Your stamp is Scott #87
grill about 9 x 13 mm, 11–12 x 15–17 points (= grill F) - Your stamp is Scott #93
without grill regular paper - Your stamp is Scott #73
hard, white paper, with white, crackly gum - Your stamp is Scott #103




horse and rider
design A35
with grill about 9.5 x 9 mm, 12 x 11–11.5 points (= grill G) - Your stamp is Scott #113
without grill - Your stamp is Scott #124




Andrew Jackson
design A45

no mark under scroll above "U.S."
(compare with design A45a below)

with grill grill 11–13 x 14–16 points - Your stamp is Scott #135
grill 10 or 11 x 10–13 point - Your stamp is Scott #135A
without grill - Your stamp is Scott #146




Andrew Jackson
design A45a
[image provided by Scott Payton]

diagonal line under scroll above "U.S."
(compare with design A45 above)
[image provided by Scott Payton]

brown; white, wove paper - Your stamp is Scott #157
dark brown; hard, white, wove paper; without gum - Your stamp is Scott #168 [rare]
black-brown; soft, porous paper; without gum - Your stamp is Scott #193 [rare]
vermilion yellowish, wove paper - Your stamp is Scott #178
soft, porous paper - Your stamp is Scott #183
carmine-vermilion; hard, white, wove paper; without gum - Your stamp is Scott #180 [rare]
scarlet-vermilion; soft, porous paper; without gum - Your stamp is Scott #203 [rare]




George Washington
design A57
red-brown - Your stamp is Scott #210
pale red-brown - Your stamp is Scott #211B [rare]
green - Your stamp is Scott #213




George Washington
design A61
carmine - Your stamp is Scott #220
lake - Your stamp is Scott #219D




landing of Columbus
design A72
perf. 12 - Your stamp is Scott #231
perf. 101/2 - Your stamp is Scott #2625a




George Washington
design A88
Based on the images and descriptions from the Scott Specialized Catalogue below, determine which type your stamp is. Then turn to the table at the right.

Type I (image below) - lines pass through both triangles with no change in thickness
   

Type II (image to be obtained) - lines pass through both triangles but are thinner inside

   
[image provided by Scott Payton]

Type III (image below) - lines thinner inside inner triangle but absent between triangles. Most designs do not have a dot in the 'S' of 'CENTS' (which is present in type II).
   

Type IV (image below) - lines thinner inside inner triangle but absent between triangles. Hairline is recut and lengthened; toga button shaded; lines on sleeve strengthened; additional dots on the ear; the right side of the 'T' of 'TWO' is straight at the right; background lines extend into the white oval opposite the 'U' of 'UNITED'.
   
Type I double-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #265
unwatermarked pink - Your stamp is Scott #248
carmine-lake - Your stamp is Scott #249
carmine - Your stamp is Scott #250
Type II double-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #266
unwatermarked - Your stamp is Scott #251
Type III double-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #267
unwatermarked - Your stamp is Scott #252
Type IV double-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #279B




farming in the West
design A101
Your stamp is Scott #286




fast express
design A110
perf. 12 - Your stamp is Scott #295
perf. 121/2, reproduction of Scott #295a [with inverted center] - Your stamp is Scott #3505b




Washington
design A116
Your stamp is Scott #301




Washington
design A129
perf. 12 - Your stamp is Scott #319
perf. 12 vert. - Your stamp is Scott #322
perf. 12 horiz. - Your stamp is Scott #321
imperf. - Your stamp is Scott #320




Jefferson
design A131
Your stamp is Scott #324




founding of Jamestown
design A136
Your stamp is Scott #329




Washington
design A139
perf. 12 double-line watermark white paper - Your stamp is Scott #332
bluish paper - Your stamp is Scott #358
single-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #375
perf. 12 vert. double-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #353
single-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #388
perf. 12 horiz. double-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #349
single-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #386
perf. 11 - Your stamp is Scott #519
perf. 81/2 vert. - Your stamp is Scott #393
perf. 81/2 horiz. - Your stamp is Scott #391
imperf. double-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #344
single-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #384




Washington
design A140
Based on the Scott Specialized Catalogue descriptions below, determine which type your stamp is. Then turn to the table at the right.

   [images to be obtained]
   Type I - "There is one shading line in the first curve of the ribbon above the left '2' and one in the second curve of the ribbon above the right '2'. The button of the toga has only a faint outline. The top line of the toga rope, from the button to the front of the throat, is also very faint. The shading lines of the face terminate in front of the ear with little or no joining, to form a lock of hair." [flat plate and rotary press]

   [images to be obtained]
   Type Ia - "The design characteristics are similar to type I except that all of the lines of the design are stronger. The toga button, toga rope and rope shading lines are heavy. The latter characteristics are those of type II, which, however, occur only on impressions from rotary plates." [flat plates #10208 and #10209]

   [images to be obtained]
   Type II - "Shading lines in ribbons as on type I. The toga button, rope and rope shading lines are heavy. The shading lines of the face at the lock of hair end in a strong vertical curved line." [rotary press]

   [images to be obtained]
   Type III - "Two lines of shading in the curves of the ribbons. Other characteristics similar to type II." [rotary press]

   [images to be obtained]
   Type IV - "Top line of the toga rope is broken. The shading lines in the toga button are so arranged that the curving of the first and last form 'D (reversed) ID'. The line of color in the left '2' is very thin and usually broken." [offset]

   [images to be obtained]
   Type V - "Top line of the toga is complete. There are five vertical shading lines in the toga button. The line of color in the left '2' is very thin and usually broken. The shading dots on the nose [have 6 or 7 dots in each of the bottom three rows]." [offset]

   [images to be obtained]
   Type Va - "Characteristics are the same as type V except in the shading dots of the nose. The third row of dots from the bottom has four dots instead of six. The overall height is 1/2mm shorter than type V." [offset]

   [images to be obtained]
   Type VI - "General characteristics the same as type V except that the line of color in the left '2' is very heavy." [offset]

   [images to be obtained]
   Type VII - "The line of color in the left '2' is invariably continuous, clearly defined and heavier than in type V or Va but not as heavy as type VI. An additional vertical row of dots has been added to the upper lip. Numerous additional dots have been added to the hair on top of the head." [offset]
perf. 12 - Your stamp is Scott #406
perf. 12 x 10 - Your stamp is Scott #423B
perf. 11 flat plate type I single-line watermark, pale carmine-red - Your stamp is Scott #461
unwatermarked, rose - Your stamp is Scott #499
type Ia, deep rose, unwatermarked - Your stamp is Scott #500
offset (carmine, unwatermarked) type IV - Your stamp is Scott #526
type V - Your stamp is Scott #527
type Va - Your stamp is Scott #528
type VI - Your stamp is Scott #528A
type VII - Your stamp is Scott #528B
rotary press (carmine-rose, type III, unwatermarked) - Your stamp is Scott #546
perf. 11 x 10 (rotary press, carmine rose, unwatermarked) type II - Your stamp is Scott #539
type III - Your stamp is Scott #540
perf. 10 x 12 - Your stamp is Scott #423E
perf. 10 (flat plate, type I) rose-red, single-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #425
carmine, unwatermarked - Your stamp is Scott #463
perf. 10 vert. flat plate (carmine, type I, single-line watermark) - Your stamp is Scott #444
rotary press type I (carmine-rose, single-line watermark) - Your stamp is Scott #453
type II red, single-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #454
carmine, unwatermarked - Your stamp is Scott #491
type III (carmine) single-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #455
unwatermarked - Your stamp is Scott #492
perf. 10 horiz. flat plate (carmine, type I, single-line watermark) - Your stamp is Scott #442
rotary press type I (red, single-line watermark) - Your stamp is Scott #449
type II (carmine, unwatermarked) - Your stamp is Scott #487
type III (carmine) single-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #450
unwatermarked - Your stamp is Scott #488
perf. 81/2 vert. - Your stamp is Scott #413
perf. 81/2 horiz. - Your stamp is Scott #411
imperf. flat plate type I, carmine single-line watermark - Your stamp is Scott #409
unwatermarked - Your stamp is Scott #482
type Ia, deep rose (unwatermarked) - Your stamp is Scott #482A [rare]
offset (unwatermarked) type IV, carmine-rose - Your stamp is Scott #532
type V, carmine - Your stamp is Scott #533
type Va, carmine - Your stamp is Scott #534
type VI, carmine - Your stamp is Scott #534A
type VII, carmine - Your stamp is Scott #534B
rotary press (type I, carmine, single-line watermark) - Your stamp is Scott #459 [rare]




Lincoln
design A141
perf. 12 white paper - Your stamp is Scott #367
bluish paper - Your stamp is Scott #369
imperf. - Your stamp is Scott #368




William H. Seward
design A142
perf. 12 - Your stamp is Scott #370
imperf. - Your stamp is Scott #371




Hudson-Fulton celebration
design A143
perf. 12 - Your stamp is Scott #372
imperf. - Your stamp is Scott #373




Panama Canal
design A145
perf. 12 - Your stamp is Scott #398
perf. 10 - Your stamp is Scott #402




Pilgrim Tercentenary
design A152
Your stamp is Scott #549




Washington
design A157
Based on the Scott Specialized Catalogue descriptions below, determine which type your stamp is. Then turn to the table at the right.

   [images to be obtained]
   Type I - "No heavy hair lines at top center of head. Outline of left acanthus scroll generally faint at top and toward base at left side."

   [images to be obtained]
   Type II - "Three heavy hair lines at top center of head; two being outstanding in the white area. Outline of left acanthus scroll very strong and clearly defined at top (under left edge of lettered panel) and at lower curve (above and to left of numeral oval)."
overprinted "Molly Pitcher" - Your stamp is Scott #646
"Hawaii / 1778–1928" - Your stamp is Scott #647
"Kans." - Your stamp is Scott #660
"Nebr." - Your stamp is Scott #671
not overprinted perf. 11 flat plate - Your stamp is Scott #554
rotary press - Your stamp is Scott #595
perf. 11 x 101/2 type I - Your stamp is Scott #634
type II - Your stamp is Scott #634A
perf. 11 x 10 - Your stamp is Scott #579
perf. 10 - Your stamp is Scott #583
perf. 10 vert. type I - Your stamp is Scott #599
type II - Your stamp is Scott #599A
perf. 10 horiz. - Your stamp is Scott #606
imperf. - Your stamp is Scott #577




Harding
design A177
perf. 11 flat plate - Your stamp is Scott #610
rotary press - Your stamp is Scott #613 [rare]
perf. 10 - Your stamp is Scott #612
imperf. - Your stamp is Scott #611




Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary
design A179
Your stamp is Scott #615




Lexington-Concord
Birth of Liberty
design A182
Your stamp is Scott #618




Norse-American Centennial
design A184
Your stamp is Scott #620




Sesquicentennial Exposition
design A188
Your stamp is Scott #627




Battle of White Plains
design A190
Your stamp may be Scott #629 (from a pane of 100), or it may be a single stamp from souvenir sheet Scott #630.
The only way to distinguish between these two possibilities is to have attached to the stamp selvage with a distinguishing feature such as a plate number (which differs between #629 and #630) or text from #630.




Vermont Sesquicentennial
design A191
Your stamp is Scott #643




Saratoga
Surrender of Gen. Burgoyne
design A192
Your stamp is Scott #644




Valley Forge
design A193
Your stamp is Scott #645




International Civil Aeronautics Conference
design A194
Your stamp is Scott #649




George Rogers Clark
design A196
Your stamp is Scott #651




Edison's first lamp
Electric light's golden jubilee
design A197
perf. 11 - Your stamp is Scott #654
perf. 11 x 101/2 - Your stamp is Scott #655
perf. 10 vertically - Your stamp is Scott #656




Sullivan Expedition
design A198
Your stamp is Scott #657




Battle of Fallen Timbers
design A199
Your stamp is Scott #680




Ohio River Canalization
design A200
Your stamp is Scott #681




Massachusetts Bay Colony
design A201
Your stamp is Scott #682




Charleston, S.C.
design A202
Your stamp is Scott #683




Battle of Braddock's Field
design A205
Your stamp is Scott #688




General Von Steuben
design A206
Your stamp is Scott #689




General Pulaski
design A207
Your stamp is Scott #690




Red Cross (1881–1931)
design A208
Your stamp is Scott #702




Yorktown
design A209
Your stamp is Scott #703




Washington
design A213
Your stamp is Scott #707




Olympic Winter Games
Lake Placid, New York
design A222
Your stamp is Scott #716




Arbor Day
design A223
Your stamp is Scott #717




Grand Canyon
design A240
perf. 11 - Your stamp is Scott #741
imperf. - Your stamp is Scott #757




Jackson, Scott, and the Hermitage
design A259
Your stamp is Scott #786




Decatur and MacDonough
design A264
Your stamp is Scott #791




John Adams
design A278
perf. 11 x 101/2 - Your stamp is Scott #806
perf. 10 vertically - Your stamp is Scott #841
perf. 10 horizontally - Your stamp is Scott #850




James Fenimore Cooper
design A319
Your stamp is Scott #860




John Greenleaf Whittier
design A324
Your stamp is Scott #865




Mark Hopkins
design A329
Your stamp is Scott #870




Dr. Crawford W. Long
design A334
Your stamp is Scott #875




John Philip Sousa
design A339
Your stamp is Scott #880




James A. McNeill Whistler
design A344
Your stamp is Scott #885




Samuel F. B. Morse
design A349
Your stamp is Scott #890




For Defense: Army and Navy
design A359
Your stamp is Scott #900




Nations United for Victory
design A366
Your stamp is Scott #907




"Little White House"
Warm Springs
design A378
Your stamp is Scott #931




Jefferson
design A480
perf. 11 x 101/2 - Your stamp is Scott #1033
perf. 10 vert. - Your stamp is Scott #1055




Frank Lloyd Wright
design A712
Your stamp is Scott #1280




National Parks Centennial
designs A862–865
Your stamps are Scott #s1448 (upper left), 1449 (upper right), 1450 (lower left), and 1451 (lower right)




Freedom to Speak Out - A Root of Democracy
design A985
Your stamp is Scott #1582




Igor Stravinsky
design A1232
Your stamp is Scott #1845




Locomotive 1870s; USA 2c
design A1284
Your stamp is Scott #1897A
Note the similarity between this design and design 1604b (below).




Mary Lyon
design A1552
Your stamp is Scott #2169




Locomotive 1870s; 2 USA
design A1604b
Your stamp is Scott #2226
Note the similarity between this design and design 1284 (above).




Red-headed woodpecker
design A2335
perf. 11 - Your stamp is Scott #3032
perf. 93/4 vert. - Your stamp is Scott #3045




Nahavo necklace
design A2858
serpentine die cut 11 - Your stamp is Scott #3750
serpentine die cut 111/4 x 111/2 - Your stamp is Scott #3751
serpentine die cut 111/4 x 11 - Your stamp is Scott #3752
serpentine die cut 111/4 x 103/4 - Your stamp is Scott #3753



[image to be obtained]
Mississippi River Bridge
design A108
Your stamp is Scott #3209b