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The 12-Cent Stamps series of Encased Postage in the U.S. Currency contains 30 distinct entries.
Postage stamps encased in a brassy-metal housing were invented by A.M. Gault in 1861 to alleviate a severe shortage of coinage. They were issued only in 1861 by a handful of private businesses. A piece of mica (clear plastic) was used to protect the stamp in its frame. A small number of these fascinating paper money-token crossover items survive today and very few in top quality condition. This is a collectible worthy of greater attention as values have not been well defined for items of superior condition.

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12-Cent Stamps Value Range  
Ayers Cathartic Pills 12c Short Arrows (Fr. EP135)
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Ayers Cathartic Pills 12c Long Arrows (Fr. EP135a)
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Take Ayers Pills 12c (Fr. EP136)
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Ayers Sarsaparilla 12c Medium AYERS (Fr. EP137)
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Ayers Sarsaparilla 12c Small AYERS (Fr. EP137a)
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Bailey & Co., Philadelphia 12c (Fr. EP138)
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Bates, Joseph L., Boston 12c (Fr. EP139)
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Browns Bronchial Troches 12c (Fr. EP140)
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Buhl, F. & Co., Detroit 12c (Fr. EP141)
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Burnetts Cocoaine Kalliston 12c (Fr. EP142)
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Burnetts Cooking Extracts 12c (Fr. EP143)
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Claflin, A.M., Hopkinton, R.I. 12c (Fr. EP144)
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Drakes Plantation Bitters 12c (Fr. EP145)
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Ellis, McAlpin & Co., Cincinnati 12c (Fr. EP146)
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Gage Brothers & Drake, Chicago 12c (Fr. EP147)
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Gault, J. 12c Plain Frame (Fr. EP148)
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Gault, J. 12c Ribbed Frame (Fr. EP149)
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Hunt & Nash, Irving House, N.Y. 12c Plain Frame (Fr. EP150)
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Hunt & Nash, Irving House, N.Y. 12c Ribbed Frame (Fr. EP151)
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Kirkpatrick & Gault, N.Y. 12c (Fr. EP152)
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Lord & Taylor, N.Y. 12c (Fr. EP153)
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Mendums Family Wine Emporium, N.Y., 12c (Fr. EP154)
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North American Life Insurance Co. 12c Plain frame, straight inscription (Fr. EP155)
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North American Life Insurance Co. 12c Plain frame, curved inscription (Fr. EP155a)
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Pearce, Tolle & Holton, Cincinnati 12c (Fr. EP156)
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Sands Ale 12c (Fr. EP156a)
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Schapker & Bussing, Evansville, Ind. 12c (Fr. EP157)
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Shillito, John & Co., Cincinnati 12c (Fr. EP158)
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Steinfeld, S., N.Y. 12c (Fr. EP159)
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Taylor, N.G. & Co., Philadelphia 12c (Fr. EP159a)
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Greysheet Catalog Details

The 12-Cent Stamps series of Encased Postage in the U.S. Currency contains 30 distinct entries.
Postage stamps encased in a brassy-metal housing were invented by A.M. Gault in 1861 to alleviate a severe shortage of coinage. They were issued only in 1861 by a handful of private businesses. A piece of mica (clear plastic) was used to protect the stamp in its frame. A small number of these fascinating paper money-token crossover items survive today and very few in top quality condition. This is a collectible worthy of greater attention as values have not been well defined for items of superior condition.

Catalog Detail