Certified plate proofs are the last printed proof of the plate before printing the stamps at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. These plate proofs are each unique, with the approval signatures and date. For postal scholars these plates provide important production information in the plate margin inscriptions, including guidelines, plate numbers, and initials of the siderographer, or person who created the plate from a transfer roll.
Plate No. 3594
Subject: Founding of Jamestown
Jamestown Exposition – Founding of Jamestown, 1907
The 2¢ stamp in the Jamestown Exposition series, designed by Marcus W. Baldwin, depicts the landing at Jamestown in 1607 flanked by a tobacco plant and stalk of Indian corn. One colonist, with a sword in one hand and a flag in the other, leads the men in rowboats. The fleet lies at anchor behind them and includes the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery.