Ulysses S Grant (biography)
5¢ - Chocolate brown
Scott #223 - 1890

Value

Used: $0.75
No postmark with gum (MH): $15-$25
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $45-$90

Issued: 2nd June 1890, earliest recorded example is 14th June, 1890,
it was one of the later values to be released, the bulk of the issue being released in the beginning of the year
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The American Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: 152,236,530

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.

Consesus on the subject of the design was difficult at the time. Originally it was to have been George Washington,
as he was already featured on the 2¢ design, it was decided to William Seward, Secretary of State during the
Lincoln administration. However, as Ulysses S Grant, president and war hero, had recently deceased, the vote went to him.

Contrary to the paucity of photographs of Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant has over 300 photographs of him. Many of them whilst a
Civil War General. The design was based off this photograph. Like Lincolns representation on #254 his hair treatment was given some artistic licence.

223P1 Proof US Postage Stamps

#223-P1
Large die proof on india die sunk

223 Essay E6

223E6
Die Essay on India Paper
Die Sunk on Card

#227 E7b US stamp

#223-E7b
Die Essay on Glazed Paper

223-E10a US Stamp Essay

223E10a
Die Essay on India Paper
Die Sunk on Card

223-E10b US Stamp Essay

223E10b
Die Essay on Ivory Paper

#223-P1 - US Stamp Proof

223P1
Plate Proof on card

223P2
Plate Proof on card


5¢ - Chocolate brown
233P3

223-P4 Scotts - US Postage Stamps
223-P4
Plate Proof on India

223-P5 Scotts - US Postage Stamps
223P5
Plate Proof on Stamped paper

#223 TC1 US Stamp Trial Color Proof

223-TC1
Trial Color Proof
Black

#223 TC1 US Stamp Trial Color Proof

223-TC1
Trial Color Proof
Black Brown