The 1890 Series
100,000,000 - Scott #219D - 1890
Used: no value
No postmark with gum (MH): $22-$45
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $200
used stamps value is less than $1
2¢ - Lake
Scott #219Da - 1890
2¢ - Lake
Scott #219De - 1890
Issued: 22nd February 1890, earliest recorded example is also of this date.
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The American Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: 100,000,000
The color of this stamp is lake, it is distinctively different from later all other shades of the 2¢. It was also universally
disliked by the public at the time, being compared to the color of hosiery. There were also complaints that the color rubbed off. As
a result the color was soon changed, and due to its short period of circulation sells at a slight premium over the average price of
the other 2¢ colors. The chances of finding a lake 2¢ to a carmine 2¢ are 60 to 1.
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.
American Bank Note Company's Head Quarters in Manhattan
70 Broad St, NY, NY.
The design was taken from the portrait bust of Washington by Jean Antoine Houdon.
The busts are now at Mount Vernon.
(top center right)
The ink used on this stamp was not the easiest to work with, being gummy by
nature. As a result you are more likely to see inking flaws on the 2¢ Lake color than
any other stamp in this series.
Plate Proof on India Paper