President James A Garfield (biography)
6¢ - Dull brown
Scott #256  - Un-watermarked - 1894


Used: $1-$5
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

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
Quantity Issued: 5,120,800.

James Kennedy - Stamp Engraver
James Kennedy
The engraver

Above is an example of the 1894 Bureau Issue, you will notice the blind perfs and rough appearance of the perforations.
This is less typical in the 6¢ than the lower denominations as it was produced later in the year. 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 source photograph of James Garfield is shown first, followed by the
Bureau of Engravings Master Die of the President, followed by the design used in the stamp.

#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.

Die Sunk on Card
Dim Dusky Red

Large Die Essay on India
Dim Dusky Red

Large Die Proof on India

Plate Proof on Card

Large Die Trial Color Proof on India
Chestnut Brown