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1893 Columbian Issue

Issued in conjunction with the Columbian Exposition of 1893 commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of Columbus. The sixteen Columbian stamps were issued in denominations ranging from one cent to five dollars. The total face value of $16.34 was more than many collectors of the time could comfortably afford and the higher values did not sell well. The Columbian Issue stamps were the last produced by the American Bank Note Company before stamp production was turned over to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1894.

1 centColumbus in Sight of Land$31.50$0.50
2 centLanding of Columbus$28.50$0.40
2 cent "Broken Hat" Variety$80.00$1.65
3 centFlagship of Columbus$90.00$13.50
4 centFleet of Columbus$110.00$7.00
5 centSoliciting Aid from Isabella$125.00$7.50
6 centColumbus Welcomed at Barcelona$110.00$21.50
8 centColumbus Restored to Favor$105.00$10.75
10 centColumbus Presenting Navtives$195.00$7.75
15 centAnnouncing His Discovery$315.00$65.00
30 centColumbus at La Rabida$475.00$85.00
50 centRecall of Columbus$800.00$175.00
$1Isabella Pledging Jewels$2,000.00$600.00
$2Columbus in Chains$2,000.00$575.00
$3Columbus Describing Third Voyage$3,000.00$950.00
$4 Crimson laIsabella and Columbus$4,000.00$1,275.00

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These prices for U.S. stamps are provided as a service to Hobbizine readers. They are derived from numerous sources such as dealer price lists, advertisements in philatelic publications, and public auction results. Use these values as a guideline for evaluating the reasonableness of dealer prices, setting up trades with other collectors, and estimating the worth of your collection. The value of an individual stamp is dependent on its centering and condition. The prices listed here are for well centered, undamaged stamps. A particularly nice example might sell for more than the amount listed, while a poor copy might be worth less.

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