FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN.
According to Brookman, only 55,050 copies of the $1.00 Columbian were issued. It was sold out before all of the other dollar values, probably because it was the most affordable of the dollar-value stamps. Speculation soon drove the price to $5.00 but it soon fell again, to about $1.50.
The theme of the stamp, Isabella pledging her jewels to finance Columbus's voyage, is known to most fifth-grade students who study the voyage of Columbus. However, the offer was never accepted, as financing was found elsewhere. Perhaps a dozen plate blocks of eight exist for the $1.00 Columbian.
Scott value $75,000.00
$1.00 Columbian (241), block of six from top of right pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY." imprint and "No. 93" plate number, original gum, lightly hinged, vivid color
Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/7-8/1968, Sale 327, lot 195, to Weill
Arthur J. Kobacker, Christie's Robson Lowe, 9/25/1991, lot 519
Bought privately from Harry Hagendorf (Columbian Stamp Co.)
Fine appearance; faint vertical crease at left and two trivial thin specks
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The $1.00 Columbian, depicting "Isabella Pledging Her Jewels," is based on a painting by Antonio Munce-Degrain. The vignette was engraved by Robert Savage, the frame by Douglas S. Ronaldson and the lettering by George H. Seymour. 55,050 stamps were printed and an unknown number were destroyed and never issued. The $1.00 is very rare as a top plate block. Most plate blocks are from the bottom position, and many have narrow selvage. Notable name sales such as Fogelson, Eno, "MLG" and Wampler, did not contain any top plate blocks. The Weill Stock sale contained a sheet of 100, with two bottom plate blocks.
VERY FINE IMPRINT BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
The Columbian issue comes with imprint, plate numbers and letters at top or bottom, and with imprint only at sides.
Scott Retail with no premium for the imprint. With 1982 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE TOP LEFT CORNER SELVAGE AND IMPRINT BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
This is an attractive and reasonable alternative to the rare plate block of eight, which catalogues $85,000.00. Scott Retail as two blocks of four without premium for the imprint position