FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY 15 USED EXAMPLES OF THE ONE-CENT COLUMBIAN ERROR OF COLOR ARE LISTED IN OUR CENSUS. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF USED UNITED STATES PHILATELY AND OF THE POPULAR COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
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 three panes reached collectors, and the few cancelled examples indicate that stamps used by the public came from at least one additional pane. 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.
Our census of used Scott 233a, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/233a , contains 15 stamps. One additional stamp was previously certified as the error, but received a recent certificate as the Dark Ultramarine sub-shade. Only two stamps listed in our census are confirmed as sound.
Census No. 233a-CAN-08. With 1993 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail value is for an example with small faults
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM 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.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE ONLY ORIGONAL-GUM DOLLAR VALUE COLUMBIAN TO ACHIEVE THIS PERFECT GRADE.
The $2.00 Columbian is notorious as one of the most difficult denominations to obtain in original gum condition with choice centering and wide margins. Remarkably, of the entire P.S.E. graded population of original-gum dollar-value Columbians (241-245), this is the only example to achieve this perfect grade. Only one other dollar value has been graded Gem 100 in any condition -- a no-gum $3.00.
With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Gem 100; SMQ $19,000.00)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE WELL-CENTERED, MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.
With 2018 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE WATERCOLOR ESSAY FOR THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY WATERCOLOR ESSAY FOR ANY OF THE DOLLAR-VALUE COLUMBIANS. A REMARKABLE ESSAY.
Other dollar-value Columbians are known with pencil sketches or with elements mounted into place. The watercolor offered here was painstakingly produced to be faithful to the finished design, and must have been a very early essay for the design of the frame. It is faithful to the design as accepted -- the triangles at corners below the portraits, the light and dark shading areas at sides, the small unengraved areas at top and the darker engraved area below the bottom label and other elements of the finished design are all shown here in watercolor.
Ex Brazer, Rosenthal and Fekete.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
The dollar-value Columbians are extremely difficult to obtain in superb used condition. None of the denominations were issued to pay any actual postage rate, and collectors protested the high cost. Only 21,844 of the $5.00 were sold, and a small percentage of those were used, either on philatelic covers or on heavy registered parcels. The stamps on parcels or registered mail were frequently heavily cancelled, and the large package wrappers were susceptible to damage. The stamp offered here is a notable exception. It is lightly cancelled and has balanced margins.
With 2010 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,750.00). Only two examples have graded higher (both 98, one ex "Natalee Grace" and the other offered in Siegel Sale 1140, Lot 638).
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,850.00)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.
With 2017 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $3,100.00)