The Value of the Stamp


Andrew Jackson (biography)
3¢ - Dull purple or purple
Triangles in Corners
Scott #253 - Un-watermarked - 1894

Value

Used: $1
No postmark with gum (MH): $18-$32
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $50-$125

Statistics

Issued: September 24th 1894, earliest recorded date of use, October 20th, 1894. Earliest recorded cover, November 1st 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: 20,000,000

What you should look for


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 Andrew Jackson by Hiram Powers. Now at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Varieties to look for

There are some imperfs, although it is debatable that these were issued as such, they are more likely to be small die plate proofs



The Essay's and Proofs


253-E1
Large Die Essay
Dusky Blue Green

253-E2
Large Die Essay
Die sunk directly on card
Violet

253-TC1
Large Die Trial Color Proof on India
On card
Ultramarine


253-P1
Large Die Proof on India
On card
Ultramarine

253 P2 US Postage Stamp Proof

253-P2
Roosevelt Album Proof