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From 1864 to 1878, all of Hawaii's postage stamps were printed by the National Bank Note Company of New York. Through most of the last half of the 19th Century American printing firms were consolidating, culminating in an 1879 consolidation of the National Bank Note Company, Continental Bank Note Company and American Bank Note Company with predecessor firms such as Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, Toppan and Carpenter and Company. Many United States specialists mistakenly think the NBNCo ceased to exist in 1873 and give Hawaii specialists a skeptical look when we talk about NBNCo stamps being printed as late as 1878. In 1873, the United States switched printers and replaced the NBNCo with Continental, but the NBNCo continued to produce Hawaiian stamps for six more years until both the NBNCo and Continental were swallowed by the ABNCo.

Numbering sequences used in most catalogues bear no relationship to the printing sequence. Cataloguers prefer to order things in ascending denomination. According to printing sequence, the nine Hawaiian stamps produced by the NBNCo are Scott Catalogue Nos. 31, 32, 30a, 33, 34, 35, 36, 33a and 30b. Missing from this list are Scott Nos. 30 and 31a, both of which were printed after the American Bank Note Company merger, as were all of Hawaii's postage stamps beginning with Scott No. 37. For details of each stamp, press the links to their individual pages.

Scott No. 31

2 orange red Kamehameha IV

Scott No. 32

scott 32

1864 - 2 Kamehameha IV, orange red, Scott No. 31

1865 - 5 Kamehameha V, greenish blue, Scott No. 32

THE 1871 STAMPS

1 Princess Victoria Kamamalu, mauve
6 King Kamehameha V, yellow green
18 Kekuanaoa, burgundy

1 Princess Victoria Kamamalu, mauve,
Scott No. 30a

6 King Kamehameha V, yellow green,
Scott No. 33

18 Kekuanaoa, burgundy,
Scott No. 34

THE 1875 STAMPS

2 King Kalakaua, brown
12 Prince Leliohoku, black

2 King Kalakaua, brown, Scott No. 35

12 Prince Leliohoku, black, Scott No. 36

COLOR CHANGES DURING THE NBNCo PRINTINGS

6 King Kamehameha V, bluish green
1 Princess Victoria Kamamalu, violet

1877 - 6 King Kamehameha V, bluish green, Scott No. 33a (See 1871 stamps)

1878 - 1 Princess Victoria Kamamalu, violet, Scott No. 30b (See 1871 stamps)

NBNCo. EKU's:

Scott No. Value Issue Date EKU Notes
31 2 orange-red June 17, 1864 August __, 1864 M/s docket on cover
32 5 greenish blue Mar. 21, 1866 Apr. 25, 1866 Postmark on cover
30a 1 mauve Feb. 11, 1871 August __, 1875 M/s docket on cover
33 6 yellow green Feb. 11, 1871 Apr. 19, 1871 Postmark on cover
34 18 deep rose Feb. 11, 1871 Oct. 24, 1871 Postmark on cover
35 2 dark brown Feb. 20, 1875 March 8, 1875 Postmark on cover
36 12 black Feb. 20, 1875 Dec. 7, 1875 Postmark on cover
33a 6 blue-green Aug. 23, 1877 Oct. 9, 1877 Hono cds on cover
30b 1 violet Dec. 2, 1878 Jan. 15, 1882 Hono. cds on cover

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