United States Stamp Values

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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.

Denom. Description Mint Used
1 cent Columbus in Sight of Land $31.50 $0.50
2 cent Landing of Columbus $28.50 $0.40
2 cent "Broken Hat" Variety $80.00 $1.65
3 cent Flagship of Columbus $90.00 $13.50
4 cent Fleet of Columbus $110.00 $7.00
5 cent Soliciting Aid from Isabella $125.00 $7.50
6 cent Columbus Welcomed at Barcelona $110.00 $21.50
8 cent Columbus Restored to Favor $105.00 $10.75
10 cent Columbus Presenting Navtives $195.00 $7.75
15 cent Announcing His Discovery $315.00 $65.00
30 cent Columbus at La Rabida $475.00 $85.00
50 cent Recall of Columbus $800.00 $175.00
$1 Isabella Pledging Jewels $2,000.00 $600.00
$2 Columbus in Chains $2,000.00 $575.00
$3 Columbus Describing Third Voyage $3,000.00 $950.00
$4 Crimson laIsabella and Columbus $4,000.00 $1,275.00
$5 Columbus $4,750.00 $1,400.00

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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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