The 1894 Bureau Series
The Value of the Stamp
President James A Garfield (biography)
6¢ - Dull brown
Scott #256 - Un-watermarked - 1894
No postmark with gum (MH): $20-$40
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $90-$150
Scott #256a - Imperf vertically between
Less than 100 copies exist
Spring 2004 Auction: MH $600
Spring 2009 Auction: MH $1,100
Fall 2009 Auction: MH $650
Fall 2010 Auction: MH $850
Facts and Statistics
Issued: Issued July 18th 1894, Earliest recorded date of use, August 11th, 1894.
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
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 source photograph of James Garfield is shown below, followed by the Bureau of Engravings Master Die of the President, folllowed by the design used in the stamp.
Varieties to look for
The Essay's and Proofs
#256 is different from the rest of the 1894 Bureau's in that the top line runs all the way to the right edge of the stamp. Shown on the left is the 6¢ stamp, on the right any other Bureau issue.