N is for Numerals

Numerals Cinderella Stamp

Most stamps bear numerals of some sort that indicate their value as postage. The First two U.S. stamps featured an Arabic "5" on the five-cent issue and aRoman "X" on the ten-cent issue. The denomination may be shown as a numeral, or spelled out, or even both. Some recent stamps show no numerals at all, but are valid for the current rate for their level of service.

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30-reis, 60-reis, and 90-reis Bull's Eye stamps

The stamps shown here, the world's second stamp issue, are widely known as Bull's Eyes. An unseparated pair of these resembled a pair of bull's eyes because of the oval setting surrounding the highly-ornamented numerals. Brazil, 1843.