EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT COLUMBIAN.
With 2018 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as plate block of eight and two singles
FRESH AND FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE 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 2018 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB PLATE BLOCK OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN IN EXTRAORDINARILY FRESH CONDITION.
With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE GEM ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (DOG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,800.00). Only six grade higher
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.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $16,000.00). Only five have graded higher (all at 95) and only five 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.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $4,250.00)