Henry Clay (biography)
15¢ - Deep indigo or indigo
Scott #227 - 1890

Value

Used: $2-$10
No postmark with gum (MH): $45-$75
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $300-$600



15¢ - Deep indigo or indigo
Imperf - Scott #227a - 1890

226a US Postage Stamp

Interesting used copy of #227a

Issued: Introduced on February 22nd, 1890. The earliest recorded example is 16th May, 1890.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The American Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: 5,548,710

227 Clay

Plate blocks and any multiple greater than four are very scarce, even in used condition.

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 of the design

The source photograph (below) for the print above

Two early photographs of Henry Clay



27P1
Large Die Proof on india paper mounted on card

227-P2 Proof

227-P2
Roosevelt Die Proof

227-P4 Proof Scotts - US Postage Stamps

227-P4
Plate Proof on India