EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED 5-CENT COLUMBIAN IN EVERY REGARD -- COLOR, CENTERING AND GUM.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,000.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED 8-CENT COLUMBIAN.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $5,500.00). Only three grade higher
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MARVELOUS MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT COLUMBIAN - AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $7,500.00). Only three grade higher
FINE. A RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF TEN OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
The 50c Columbian is far rarer as a plate number block of eight than six. We located only ten plate blocks of this size using Power Search. The 50c was printed from a single plate of 100 subjects, and then divided into panes of 50 (5 x 10) for shipment and sale at post offices. Therefore this plate block represents the two full bottom rows of the right pane.
Scott Retail as plate block of eight and two singles
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,000.00). Only three have graded higher
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE PART IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.
With 2015 P.F. certificate (VF 80)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH A HIGH GRADE.
The $4.00 Columbian depicts the two central figures in the story of Columbus -- Queen Isabella and Columbus himself. The portrait of Isabella is said to be based on a painting in Madrid, but its origins have been lost to history. The portrait of Columbus is based on a painting by the artist Lorenzo Lotto (c. 1480-1556). This portrait of Columbus was painted in 1512 as a commission from Domenico Malpiero, a Venetian senator and historian, and was executed shortly after the death of Columbus in 1504. It is one of the earliest portraits of Columbus (none is known to have been painted in his lifetime). This image was also used for several stamps of Chile.
P.S.E. Encapsulated (XF 90; SMQ $17,000.00). Only four have graded higher (all at 95) and only four others share this grade. In our opinion, this magnificent stamp, graded XF 90 strictly "by the numbers," is the equal of the $4.00 Columbian stamps graded XF-Superb 95.
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).