Plates Issued: Intaglio (front) - #165826, #165827, #165829, #165860; Offset (back) - 52412. Colors: Front - Black; Back - Black. Designer/Modeler: William K. Schrage. Engravers: Vignette - Richard M. Bower; Frame - George A. Payne; Letters - George A. Payne; Numerals - George A. Payne. First Day of Sale: July 1, 1956. Issue: 1956 - Twenty-third Duck Stamp (eighth $2 stamp). Quantity Sold: 2,332,014.
Inscription: Front - "U.S. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 1957. Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp. $2. American Merganser." Back - "It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl unless you sign your name in ink on the face of the stamp."
Edward J. Bierly
Black and white watercolor of American Mergansers (now known as Common Mergansers) by Edward J. Bierly. Edward J. Bierly is also known for his paintings of African wildlife. (Deceased)
Content taken from the Duck Stamp Collection. The Duck Stamp Collection was originally printed in a loose-leaf, hole-punched format that was available for sale through the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and updated annually. The document is no longer in print.