The Value of the Stamp


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$5 - Dark Green
6,000 - Scott #263 - Un-watermarked - 1894

Value

Used: $350-$700
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

Watermark: None

Quantity Issued: 6,251

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
Photograph of portrait inserted


262-E1
Large die essay
Die sunk on card

262-E2
Large die essay
Die sunk on card

263-P1
Large Plate Proof on India
Mounted on card

263-P2
Plate Proof on Thin White Card
Mounted on card

263-P4
Large Plate Proof on card

263-TC1
Large Trail Color Proof on India