VERY FINE AND DESIRABLE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS OF THE 1893 COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION ISSUE.
The Columbian Issue large die proofs come as hybrids, printed directly on card and on India paper die sunk on card. This set is printed directly on cards.
VERY FINE. A RARE FIRST DAY COVER BEARING THE 2-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
The official Columbian First Day of Issue was January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday; most post offices were closed, so January 2 is also accepted as the First Day of Issue.
With 1971 AFDCS certificate.
FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 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 2017 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as singles
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN.
With 2016 P.S.A.G. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN.
With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00)
EXTREMELY FINE USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN.
With 2015 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN IN THE ROSE CARMINE SHADE.
With 1983 and 2013 P.F. certificates (XF 90 XQ)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY NO OTHERS.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95). This is the only used $4.00 Columbian in either of the listed shades (Scott 244 and 244a) graded Superb 98. By way of comparison, for the other used denominations higher than $2.00, there are two used $3.00 stamps graded 98 (SMQ $10,750.00) and there are two used $5.00 graded 98 (SMQ $13,500.00). Given the population of this single $4.00 at this lofty grade, we feel the SMQ value for the $5.00 is an appropriate comparison. The Scott Catalogue supplement agrees and assigns a $13,500.00 value to the used $4.00 graded 98
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2011 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,750.00)
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE TRIO OF ILLUSTRATED COVERS WITH DOLLAR-VALUE COLUMBIANS SENT BY REGISTERED MAIL TO GERMANY.
Ex "World's Fair" collection. With 2014 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail for the individual stamps offered here off cover is more than $3,200.00. Scott Retail for three covers bearing one copy each of $2.00, $3.00 and $4.00 is $8,500.00
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING TRIO OF DOLLAR-VALUE COLUMBIAN ISSUE COVERS, INCLUDING THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BEARING THE $1.00 AND $4.00 USED TOGETHER WITH NO OTHER STAMPS.
The 2013 Ludeman Columbian Dollar-Value Cover Census lists only this cover with a combination of the $1.00 and $4.00 (apart from covers with additional dollar-value stamps). The census lists three combination covers with the stamps on the second cover offered here, and two with the stamps on the third cover offered here.
The town of Cato (or Kato) near Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, prospered when the Kato Coal Company began mining operations in 1890. S. M. Buck was the postmaster in 1892 and 1893. The mine was eventually depleted and the town lost almost all of its population by the 1940's.
Ex "World's Fair" collection. With 2014 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail for the six stamps offered here off cover is $4,625.00. Scott Retail for three covers bearing one copy each of $4.00 (two covers) and $3.00 is $10,500.00