The 1890 Series
Daniel Webster (biography)
10¢ - Dark green, green or bluish green
Scott #226 - 1890
No postmark with gum (MH): $15-$35
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $100-$200
Issued: Introduced on February 22nd, 1890. The earliest recorded example is 5th March, 1890.
This paid the registry rate up to the 31st Dec. 1892.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The American Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: 70,591,710
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 used for the design.
The final design saw Daniel Webster as the chosen subject, a decision made over General Sherman,
who was chosen for the 8¢ design and John Adams. If John Adams had been chosen the stamp
would have looked like the illustration above.
#226 - E1
Die Essay on Card
#226 - E2
Die Essay on White Glazed Paper
#226 - P1
Large Die Proof on India
Die Sunk on Card
#226 - P2
Plate proof on India
#226 - P4
Plate Proof on Stamp Paper
DANIEL WEBSTER VIGNETTE DIE FROM US BUREAU, ENGRAVING and PRINTING