The 1894 Bureau Series
John Marshall (biography)
$5 - Dark Green
6,000 - Scott #263 - Un-watermarked - 1894
No postmark with gum (MH): $850-$1,900
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $2,500-$6,500
Facts and Statistics
Issued: Earliest recorded date of use, July 6th, 1896.
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
Centering on this stamp is fairly poor. Well centered examples sell at a slight premium.
Infrequently the $5 stamp was sometimes required on heavy parcels or overweight letters to foreign destinations, which meant heavy or unattractive cancels, as seen below.
The Inspiration for the Design
The source for the design was based off Henry Inmans 1831-32 portrait. The portrait is owned by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Shown below is an engraving of the portrait and the actual portrait.
Varieties to look for
There are no varieties of #263
The Essay's and Proofs
Large Die Essay printed on card