George Washington (biography)
2¢ - Carmine or dark carmine - Type III (see below)


Used: $1-$2
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
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving, their first contract
Quantity Issued: 80,000,000

#252a Scarlet

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 earliest recorded example of #252, 5th April 1895

The earliest recorded example of #252a, 17th April 1895

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.

An example of blind perforations

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

Essay 252-E1
Large Die Essay on India
Incomplete design
Die sunk on card
Deep red

Essay 252-E2
Large Die Essay on India
Die sunk on card
dusky blue green

Essay 252-E2
Large Die Essay on India
Die sunk on card

Essay 252-E3
Die on India, die sunk on card
light carmine

Essay 252-E3
Die on India, die sunk on card

Large Die Proof on India