The 1890 Series
Commodore Matthew Perry (bio)
90¢ - Orange, red orange or yellow orange
Scott #229 - 1890
No postmark with gum (MH): $125-$475
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $275-$500
Issued: Introduced on February 22nd, 1890. Earliest documented use, April 16th.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The American Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: 219,721, a scarce stamp
Earliest documented use, April 16th.
One of the ten surviving covers with the 90c affixed
Plate blocks and any multiple greater than four are very scarce, in any condition.
Very rarely seen on small covers as this stamp was used for heavy items.
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 old 90 cents gave way to a new $1, the profile of Perry being transferred to the new value
The two new 1894 values, the 50¢ and the $1 did not have new engravings of presidential
heads, they just recycled the 1870 engravings.
The original 1870 design of Perry was based on Walcotts bust, of which I am unable to find an
image. Below is shown a similar marble bust of Perry by Erastus Dow Palmer, a contemporary of Walcott.
Commodore Matthew Perry (1794 -1858)
#229 - E1
Die Essay on India
die sunk on card
#229 - P1
Large Die Proof on India
die sunk on card
#229 - P2
Small Die Proof
(from Roosevelt album)
#229 - P4
Plate Proof on Card