The 1890 Series
Thomas Jefferson (biography)
30¢ - Full black, black or gray black
No triangles in top corners
Scott #228 - 1890
No postmark with gum (MH): $40-$125
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $225-$375
Issued: Introduced on February 22nd, 1890.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The American Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: 1,504,408
The earliest recorded example 27th April 1890
Plate blocks and any multiple greater than four are very scarce, more so in mint 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.
Bust of Thomas Jeffereson
The original 1870 design of Jefferson was based, loosely on Houdon's bust of Jefferson.
Unlike any other representation of Jefferson the bust had bare shoulders.
Above is shown the 1870 10¢, note the similar bust used as in the 1890 30¢ vignette. The 1870 rendition of the bust
was criticized in that it was said that Jefferson was appearing to be falling asleep or nodding off. This was corrected in
the 1890 design, the vignette was tilted a tad to the right and the eyes reworked,
the whole effect being one 'wide-awake' third president of the United States.
Unadopted essay on india mounted on card
Trial Color Proof
Large Die Proof on india paper mounted on card
Roosevelt Die Proof
On stamp paper
Plate Proof on India
Plate Proof on Card