121P4 1869 Pictorial Issue 30c Eagle with Shield Plate Proof on Card
The issue of 1869 is straight forward, with only one issue which was not created as a card proof for the series, the fifteen-cent. The card proof for the fifteen-cent is from the dies for the reprint, Scott 129. The same plates were used for the reissue in 1875, being made without grill and on the same paper, but with a distinctly different gum. This series was immensely unpopular at the time the stamps were issued, lasting less than a year. The grilled issues of the 1867 series were again released to post offices as an interim solution. The final answer would be to replace both the 1869 issue and the 1867 issue with what would become known as the large Banknote Issues.