Commodore Matthew Perry (bio)
$1 - Grayish black or black
Type I
The circle enclosing $1 are broken
Scott #261 - Un-watermarked - 1894

Value

Used: $50-$135
No postmark with gum (MH): $180-$300
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $2,000-$5,000

261 us stamps

us stamps 261 cover
Earliest recorded example, May 18 1895

Issued: Replaced the 1890 90¢ value. Earliest recorded date of use, January 18th, 1895,
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving, their first contract
Quantity Issued: 26,284

Infrequently the $1 stamp was required on heavy parcels or overweight letters to foreign destinations,
which meant heavy cancels, as seenabove. Clean or light cancels add a premium to the value.

The old 90 cents gave way to a new $1, the profile of Perry being transferred to the new value

The two new 1894 values, the 50¢ and the $1 did not have new engravings of presidential heads, they just recycled the 1870 engravings.

The original 1870 design of Perry was based on Walcotts bust, of which I am unable to find an image.
Below is shown a similar marble bust of Perry by Erastus Dow Palmer, a contemporary of Walcott.

 

Commodore Matthew Perry (1794 -1858)



261E1
Large Die Essay on India
Die Sunk on 49 x 60mm card

261E2
Large Die Essay on India
Die Sunk on 61 x 101mm card



261E3
Paste Up Essay on India
Die Sunk on 63 x 102mm card
Black frame and blue green vignette pasted onto design


61-E4
Large Die Essay on India
No triangles, dark blue indigo.

261E4A
Large Die Essay on India
with triangles, blue green.

261E5
Large Die Essay on India
Die sunk on card

261E6
Large Die Essay on India
Die sunk on card


Senator James B. Beck
261E7
Large Die Essay on India
Die Sunk on Card
Unadopted design

Portrait of Senator James B. Beck

261P1
Large Die proof on india sunk on card

261TC1
Large Trial Color Proof on India
Die sunk on card