The 1893 Columbians
$2 - Brown red or deep brown red
Certificate recommended for MNH
No postmark with gum (MH): $240-$500
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $1,350-$1,600
A pane of 200, there were two panes to a sheet of 200
The $2 was officially was issued on January, 1st 1893, a
Sunday, and at Post Offices the following day.
Sheets of 100 subjects (2 panes of 50). There are no plates or
sheets left in existence. The largest plate blocks available
are two blocks of six and one block of eight.
The American Bank Note Company, thereafter, with one exception of
the Overun stamps of 1943 all stamps have since been printed by
the Bureau of Engraving
Salmon or dark salmon.
The $2 Columbian is often seen on its own on covers, mostly
for philatelic use, it is rarely seen in combination with other
values. It is often seen with the registered fee cancel.
An example of philatelic use of the $2 Columbian
cancelled on the last day of the exposition.
An example of the registered use of the $2 Columbian
The Inspiration for the Design
The design is a based on Emmanuel Leutze’s painting “Columbus in Chains.”
The painting is now located in Germantown, PA.
Emmanuel Luetze's "Columbus in Chains"
What you should look for
As with all the values of this issue, look for Columbian Expo
cancels or on a Columbian Expo cover, they increase the value of
the stamp or cover. Any stamp is more desirable with a clean
cancel, preferably a town cancel, heavy cancels can detract
from the value and are common on this value.
Varieties to look for
The color ranges from Salmon to Dark Salmon. There are the occasional double transfers.
Occasionally postmarks from states that had tiny amounts of mail in this year can
add to the value. This is particularly true of Alaska and the Territories. For a
list of the number of stamps issued by each state in the year ending 30th June 1894
Columbian large die proof die sunk on 110x101mm card
Small die proof on white wove paper mounted on card
Plate Proof on Card Stock
Trial volor proof on india paper mounted on card
Back in 1963 the largest multiple, according to Brookman, was a multiple of 25, now
the largest multiple is this block of eight
A view of the reflecting pool which was traversed by several
bridges and flanked by the largest of the Exposition buildings