The 1890 Series
General Tecumseh Sherman (biography)
8¢ - Magenta Grayish Lilac or Lilac
Scott #225 - 1893
No postmark with gum (MH): $12-$18
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $35-$65
The earliest recorded date of use, May 4th, 1893.
Issued: Due to the introduction of the new reduced registered mail rate of 8¢ in 1893 this stamp was
introduced, three years later (on March 21st 1893) than the rest of this series, earliest recorded example is 4th May, 1893.
The 8¢ Columbian was issued 19 days before this stamp.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The American Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: 12,087,800
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.
The source photograph of General William Tecumseh Sherman
Large die proof on india die sunk
Plate Proof on India
Plate Proof on Card
#225 - TC4
Trial Color Proof
Gummed Wove Paper