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1898 Trans-Mississippi Exhibition Issue

Produced in conjunction with the 1898 Trans-Mississippi International Exposition, this set features themes of American westward expansion. The set is widely considered to include some of the finest engraving of any United States stamps, with vignettes based on the work of renowned artists including Frederick Remington. It was originally intended to be produced by a two color printing process, but the advent of the Spanish American War diverted stamp production resources to revenue stamps needed for the war effort and the stamps were issued in single colors. After a short 6-month period of availability, an unknown quantity of unsold Trans-Mississippi stamps were returned to the Post Office and destroyed.

1 centMarquette on the Mississippi$43.50$5.75
2 centFarming in the West$37.50$2.10
4 centIndian Hunting Buffalo$210.00$23.50
5 centFremont on Rocky Mountains$215.00$18.00
8 centTroops Guarding Train$265.00$38.50
10 centHardships of Emigration$265.00$27.50
50 centWestern Mining Prospector$1,050.00$165.00
1 dollarWestern Cattle in Storm$2,150.00$525.00
2 dollarMississippi River Bridge$3,000.00$800.00

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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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