FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF THE 4-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR. ONE OF THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLES OF THIS DISTINCTIVE COLOR ERROR, AND EVEN MORE DESIRABLE IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
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 2014 P.F. certificate as a block of nine (three stamps removed)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2002 P.S.E. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE SHEET OF 100 OF THE 3-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS FORMAT WAS AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH THE PHILATELIC AGENCY IN WASHINGTON D.C.
All of the 1c stamps and most but not all of the 2c stamps of the Columbian issue were printed from 200-subject plates, with guide arrows between the two panes of 100. The perforating machine applied horizontal perforations and cut the 200-stamp sheets into panes of 100 in the same operation, normally leaving a trace of the guide arrow on the straight edge of each pane. Some of the 2c stamps and all of the 3c-$5.00 stamps were printed on smaller presses from plates of only 100 subjects, with no guide arrows. When the perforating machine applied horizontal perforations to sheets from the 100-subject plates, the cutting knife came down as before, and removed either the top or bottom sheet margin (and plate numbers), reducing by half the potential number of Columbian plate blocks that might have been available to collectors. This is also why so many Columbian stamps are reperforated at top or bottom rather than at the sides -- 10 stamps from every 100-subject sheet (or pane) would show a straight edge at either top or bottom. The 100-subject sheets were then divided into panes of 50 for distribution and sale at post offices. The undivided full sheets of 100, such as the one offered here, were only available from the Philatelic Agency in Washington D.C.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MORE DIFFICULT DENOMINATIONS TO OBTAIN IN HIGHER USED GRADES.
With 2003 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,750.00)
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED BLOCK OF THE $1.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. USED MULTIPLES OF THE HIGH-DENOMINATION COLUMBIANS ARE RARE.
Power Search contains approximately ten used blocks of four plus a block of six
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN.
This cancels on this block show it was used on registered mail from New York City.
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY CHOICE BLOCK CONTAINING TWO MINT NEVER-HINGED $3.00 COLUMBIAN STAMPS.
With 1995 P.F. certificate stating that three stamps are Mint N.H. Scott Retail as two Mint N.H. and two hinged singles
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A JUMBO MINT NEVER-HINGED CORNER-MARGIN COPY OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN. AN OUTSTANDING STAMP -- THIS IS A DIFFICULT DENOMINATION TO OBTAIN IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION, AND THIS STAMP IS ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE AS A CORNER SHEET-MARGIN POSITION.
Ex Whitman. With 2014 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL GUM BLOCK OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF 80; SMQ $2,600.00).
FRESH AND FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
Most blocks have been broken over the years to feed demand for singles. We have offered only six others since 2001 plus the unique plate block of eight and a plate block of six