Purple, bright purple, dark purple
Printing Method: Engraved
Subject: Andrew Jackson
Number issued: 46,877,250
Scott #: 221
Issued: February 22nd, 1890
20¢ - 50¢
No postmark with gum (MH)
$10 - $24
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$100 - $160
Earliest recorded date of use, February 28th, 1890.
As there was no 3¢ rate at the time #221 is usually found on cover in combination with other values.
On the left is shown the detail of a stamp from the 1890 series, note the absence of a triangle in the top corners of the design. All the Bureau (after 1894) issues had a triangle cut into the design as shown on the right
#221 was issued with the following plate #'s
200 subject plates
The design was taken from the portrait bust of Andrew Jackson by Hiram Powers.
Vignette Die Essay on India die sunk on card
Large Die Proof on India
Roosevelt Small Die Proof
Plate proof on card
Trial color proof on India paper