Commodore Matthew Perry (bio)
$1 - Grayish black or black
Type II
The circles enclosing $1's are complete
Scott #261A - Un-watermarked - 1894

Value

Used: $160-$250
No postmark with gum (MH): $400-$700
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $4,000-$8,000

261 us stamps

Issued: Replaced the 1890 90¢ value. Earliest recorded date of use, March 22nd, 1895,
Plate Size: Sheets of 400 subjects (4 panes of 100)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving, their first contract
Quantity Issued: 8,672


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)



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

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



261-E3
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.

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

261-E5
Large Die Essay on India
Die sunk on card

261-E6
Large Die Essay on India
Die sunk on card


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

Portrait of Senator James B. Beck

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