The 1890 Series
George Washington (biography)
2¢ - Dark carmine
No caps on twos see note below
Scott #220 - 1890
Used: no value
No postmark with gum (MH): $4-$10
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $15-$45
2¢ - Carmine, dark carmine (shown) or carmine rose
Cap on left "2"
Scott #220a - 1890
A rare example of a plate block of #220a
Photo courtesy of Matthew Bennett International
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2¢ - Carmine
Cap on right "2"
Scott #220b - 1890
see certificate below
2¢ - Carmine, dark carmine or carmine rose
Cap on both "2's"
Scott #220c - 1890
2¢ - Carmine,
dark carmine or carmine rose
Scott #220d - 1890
Retail value of $30 ea.
Printer: The American Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: 6 billion
CAPS ON THE NUMBER 2
On top of the numeral two there is a horizontal extension, or line, commonly known as the cap.
An example is shown above.
To properly identify the stamp one should look for these caps. With these caps in
mind one can now identify which variety of #220 you have.
No caps on either number 2 = #220
Cap on the left number 2 = #220a
Cap on the right number 2 = #220b
Caps on both number 2's = $220c
Should you find a pair or block with both #220a and #220¢ you have found a very scarce item.
220b is unique.
The color of this stamp was changed from the lake of #219D to carmine, as a result of complaints about the lake color.
A certificate below for the 220 variety with cap on the right.
Without them knowing it, the 1890 series was to be the
American Bank Note Company's (ABN Co.) last printing of postage stamps.
Until the flag overun series of the forties all stamps after this series were to be printed by the Bureau of printing and engraving.
On the left is shown the detail of a stamp from the 1890 series, note the absence of a triangle in the top
left hand corner of the design. All the Bureau (after 1894) issues had a triangle cut into the design as shown on the right.
A first day cover dated 11th March 1890
A plate of 100 (4 panes to a sheet)
Around this time the artwork on advertising covers reached its
zenith. Well executed examples such as the cover shown above
command high prices.
The design was taken from the portrait bust of Washington by Jean Antoine Houdon.
The busts are now at Mount Vernon.
Large Die Essay on India
die sunk on card
Die Essay on India
Large Die Proof on india paper mounted on card
plate proof on India
Dark carmine plate proof on stamp paper