Sale 1014 — Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 12-14 October, 2011

Category — 4c Error of Color, Columbian Issue (Scott 233a)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1484
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Sale 1014, Lot 1484, 4c Error of Color, Columbian Issue (Scott 233a)4c Columbian, Error of Color (233a). Lightly hinged, deep rich color in the darker of the two recognized shades, bright paper, centered to bottom but with perfs well clear of the design

FINE AND PRISTINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR.

The 4c Columbian color error was caused by the use of a wrong batch of ink, and spectrographic analysis has shown that the blue inks of the 4c error and 1c Columbian have the same components.

Stamps from at least two panes reached collectors, and the few cancelled examples indicate that stamps used by the public came from additional panes. It is likely that a number of full sheets were printed using the wrong ink, and most of the stamps have simply been lost to philately.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

19,000
10,000