The 1894 Bureau Series
2¢ - Carmine or dark carmine - Type III
Horizontal lines run through upper triangles
but not through the double white lines that border the triangles.
Scott #252 - Un-watermarked - 1894
No postmark with gum (MH): $17-$40
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $80-$150
Issued: 1st April 1895, earliest recorded example 5th April 1895, shown below
The first recorded example of the Scarlet variety (Scotts #252a) was the 17th April 1895 (shown below)
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving, their first contract
What you should look for
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
Scotts gives the Scarlet color designation a separate number, that of 252a. However few dealers and auction house choose to sell this color as #252a, preferring to include them in #252, despite Scotts wishes, the value for the two is the same.
The Essay's and Proofs