Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022
Category — 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY 15 USED EXAMPLES OF THE 4-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-15. With 2001 P.S.E. and 2015 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). Only four grade higher (all at 98).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
Ex Helton. Signed A. Diena and Raybaudi. With 2002, 2012 P.F. (XF-Superb 95) and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,850.00). Only three grade higher (one at 95J, two at 98).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 COLUMBIAN.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING AND SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN IN THE PALE ANILINE ROSE SHADE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE P.S.E.
Ex Helton. With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only three others. One used to grade higher but it must have been downgraded or removed from the Population Report for another reason.