8¢ - Magenta, dark magenta or light magenta
Scott #236


Used: $1-$4
No postmark with gum (MH): $9-$27
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $35-$100


The stamp was issued on March 1st 1893. Note that this was
issued three months after the rest of the Columbian series.
This was issued as it was planned to have an 8¢ rate
for registered letters. It is the first 8¢ stamp issued
by the Post Office.

Plate Size:
Two panes of 100 (a pane is shown above) made one sheet

The American Bank Note Company, thereafter, with one exception of
the Overun stamps of 1943 all stamps have since been printed by
the Bureau of Engraving


Quantity Issued:

Paid the 8¢ registry fee so therefore quite common,
you will see a lot of registry target cancels on this issue.

A Columbian 8¢ on a registered cover to Belgium

What you should look for

As with all the values of this issue, look for Columbian Expo cancels,
they increase the value of the stamp or cover. Any stamp is more desirable
with a clean cancel, preferably a town cancel, heavy cancels can detract from
the value. As this value was used for the registered mail rate expect to see
a lot of target cancels when looking for a copy.

The target cancel used for registered mail

A Columbian 8¢ tied to a Columbian Exhibtion Cover

The Inspiration for the Design

The design is a reproduction of Francisco Jover y Casanova’s painting
“The Affectionate Reception of Columbus by Ferdinand and Isabella”,
now located at Valladolid University, Valladolid, Spain.

jover y casanova
Francisco Jover y Casanova’s
"The Affectionate Reception of Columbus by Ferdinand and Isabella"

Varieties to look for

The only variety known are examples from one sheet that was printed on both sides.

Occasionally postmarks from states that had tiny amounts of mail
in this year can add to the value. This is particularly true of
Alaska and the Territories. For a list of the number of stamps
issued by each state in the year ending 30th June 1894 click here.

The Essay's and Proofs

Columbian large die proof die sunk on 110x101mm card

236 P2 Small Die Proof Stamp
236 P2
Small Die Proof

236 p4

236 P5
Plate Proof on thin white card


A map of the Columbian Exposition, 1893