Types of the Offset 2¢ Washington
Types IV, V, VA, VI and VII

Quick and dirty guide to the Types of the 2¢ Offset Washington

Eight Areas that Distinguish Types IV, V, VA, VI, and VII

The chart below highlights the defining characteristic of each of the Types of the 2¢ offset stamp. Please note that the Type V stamp is identified by what it is NOT. If it has none of the features listed below, it most likely is a Type V; it would be advisable, however, to check all eight identification areas before assuming the stamp is a Type V, "Eight Areas that Determine the Type of the 2¢ Offset Stamp".






Area on Map Part of Design What to Look For
1 Left Numeral  VI from VII from IV, V, VA
2 Toga Button IV from Others
3 Toga Rope IV from Others 
4 Upper Lip VII from Others 
5 Shading in Nose VA from Others
6 Detail in Ribbons IV from Others
7 Detail in Leaves IV from Others
8 Shading at Top of  Head VI I from Others 

Only the offset printings of the 2¢ Washington may have the following types. If your stamp is rotary or flat plate, you are on the wrong page and should go here: Types of the 2¢ Rotary and Flat Plate Washington

Methods of Printing for the Washington Franklin Stamps

You will need to link to the identification pages by clicking on the appropriate number on either the picture or in the chart above. The chart provides links to a comparison of each of the Types for all eight areas. All of the Types have a distinguishing feature except Type V. You will need to identify Type V by what it isn't, that is if it doesn't have any of the features of the other types it is most likely a Type V stamp. In the case of a cancellation covering the identifying area, or if the ink is light, or you simply have a faded copy, you will need to examine many of the areas. In particular, if you think the stamp is a scarcer variety, you should examine all of the areas for positive identification. A powerful magnifying glass, microscope, or a high resolution scan will greatly aid in identifying the type.