Dietz Die Proof
Genuine Stamp

CSA #7 -- 5c Blue Richmond Printing -- Jefferson Davis


1. Designer: Jean Ferdinand Joubert De La Ferte

2. Engraver: Jean Ferdinand Joubert De La Ferte

3. Printing Method: Typography first utilizing paper and ink supplied from London and later using paper and ink procured locally in Richmond

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

5. Number Printed: 36,250,000

6. Number of Plates: One

7. Earliest Recorded Date of Use: 13 JUL 1862 (new date certified by the CSA Authentication Service in 2010)

8. Plating: Complete panes still remain

9. Inscription: None

10. Plate Numbers: None

11. Arrangement: Sheets of 400, Panes of 100

12. Major Colors: Blue, Light Blue

13. Minor Colors: Dark Blue, Cobalt Blue

14. Largest Known Multiple Unused:
London Paper: 1/2 Sheet of 200
Richmond Paper: Pane of 100

15. Largest Known Multiple Used:
London Paper: Unknown (a used Block of 8 is known from San Antonio, Tex which may be the largest -- 3/9/2009)
Richmond Paper: Block of 20

16. Major Print Varieties: Numerous plate flaws and varieties (See Dietz Catalog for details). Most prominent variety is the "White Tie" Pos 30 (Upper Right)

17. Most Typical Use: Pairs paying the 10c letter rate

18. Secondary Use: Singles used in combination with other 5c stamps to pay the 10c letter rate. Singles used as overpaid drop letters. Larger multiples for overweight envelopes.

19. Miscellaneous Data: Printed from same plates as CSA #6. Generally distinguished from the London Print by a coarse fuzzy impression and / or the presence of plate flaws. Early Richmond Prints can sometimes be very difficult to distinguish from the London Print.