Dietz Die Proof
Genuine Stamp

CSA #10 -- 10c (Frame-Line) -- Jefferson Davis

This die proof scan shows all four lines. The genuine stamp scan shows three lines. The usual copy of this stamp shows only parts of two lines.


1. Designer: John Archer

2. Engraver: John Archer

3. Printing Method: Copper Plate Intaglio

4. Printer: Archer & Daly -- Richmond, Va

5. Number Printed: 500,000

6. Number of Plates: One

7. Earliest Recorded Date of Use: 19 APR 1863

8. Plating: Complete except for 3 positions

9. Inscription: None

10. Plate Numbers: None

11. Arrangement: Sheets of 100

12. Major Colors: Blue

13. Minor Colors: Milky Blue, Greenish Blue, Dark Blue

14. Largest Known Multiple Unused: Strip of 7

15. Largest Known Multiple Used: Strip of 6

16. Major Print Varieties: Double Transfer Pos 74 and several minor short transfers

17. Most Typical Use: 10c letter rate

18. Secondary Use: Pair paying overweight double rate (only 6 covers recorded). One cover reported with 40c Trans-Mississippi rate.

19. Miscellaneous Data: The rarest and most expensive of the CSA stamps. Many examples of stamps with phony frame-lines do exist the most common being with lines drawn in with a ball point pen on a CSA #11 stamp. Before purchasing this stamp, it is recommended that the stamp be authenticated by an expert.