The Value of the Stamp


George Washington (biography)
2¢ - Carmine or Dark carmine - Type I
Horizontal lines run through upper triangles with same thickness
Scott #250 - Un-watermarked - 1894

Value

Used: $0.50
No postmark with gum (MH): $5-$15
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $25-$50

Statistics

Issued: 5th October 1894, earliest recorded example 15th October 1894 (shown below)


Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)

Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving, their first contract

Watermark: None

Quantity Issued: 910,000,000



What you should look for

Slightly harder to find mint due to the fact that collectors at the time did not pick up on the color change. Produced off the same plates as #249.

Below is a typical example of the 1894 Bureau Issue, you will notice the blind perfs and rough appearance of the perforations. The machines for perforating the stamp had just been relocated from New York to Washington DC and did not have the old operators from the ABC, consequently the new operators took some time to get used to perforating the large sheets of 400 stamps. By the next issue, in 1895, they had got the practice down to a science, hence that issue has nice clean cut perforations. The untidy perforations of this issue does not detract from its value.

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 Inspiration for the Design

The design was taken from the portrait bust of Washington by Jean Antoine Houdon. Now at Mount Vernon.


Varieties to look for

No varieties recorded


Perforation Error resulting from feeding the sheet of
stamps without aligning into the machine first.


The Bureau where having problems with the old ABC machines and errors abound. As a result they are not particularly valuable, the example above sold for $35 and the example below (a repair made by the bureau) sold for $125

Repair made by the bureau prior to perforation



The Essay's and Proofs



Essay 250-E1
Die on India, die sunk on card


Essay 250-E2
Opal Maroon
Die on India, die sunk on white card
Note smaller triangles

Essay 250-E2
Opal Red
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E2
Opal Lake
Die on India, die sunk on white card


Essay 250-E2
Opal Orange
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E2
Red Lake
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E2
2 white. 4 Gem Lake, ½ R&D Lake in pencil notations
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E2
1 white. 7 Gem Lake, ½ Car (Carmine) Lake in pencil notations
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E3
Dusky Red, design has missing details
Die on India, card missing

Essay 250-E4
Bright Red
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E5
Medium Deep Red
Die on India, die sunk on white card

Essay 250-E6
Medium Deep Red
Die on India, die sunk on white card
With pencil notations

Essay 250-E8
Medium Deep Red
Die on India, die sunk on 80 x 99mm card

250-P1
Large die proof on India
mounted on 150 x 200mm card

250-P2 US stamps

250-P2
Small die proof on India

Trial Color Proof on India 250-TC1
Dusky Blue Green