230 232 Columbus in Sight of Land 231 Flagship of Columbus 233 Landing of Columbus Fleet of Columbus 234 Soliciting Aid from Isabella 235 Columbus Welcomed at Barcelona 236 Columbus Restored to Favor 237 Columbus Presenting Natives 238 Announcing His Discovery 239 241 Columbus at La Rabida 240 Isabella Pledging Jewels 242 Recall of Columbus Columbus in Chains The two highest-value Columbians were too expensive for most people to own when they were issued. Even today, they are often the final stamps a collector needs for a complete Columbian set. The $4 Columbian was the first U.S. stamp to picture a woman. Queen Isabella of Spain financed Columbus’ expedition. The image on the $5 stamp was also used on a commemorative Half-Dollar coin issued by the U.S. Mint. The same engraver created both miniature works of art. Scott Number Mint Used America’s First Commemoratives 1893 COLUMBIAN COMMEMORATIVES The Columbian Series was issued in conjunction with the spectacular Columbian 230 1¢ blue...................... $35.00 $.60 Exposition of 1893, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ 231 2¢ brown violet.......... 35.00 .25 232 3¢ green.................... 87.50 22.00 discovery of the New World. The series was used to advertise the event – the first time 233 4¢ ultramarine........... 125.00 6.75 postage stamps were used to promote a commercial event. 234 5¢ chocolate ............. 125.00 7.25 In 1992, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery, the original 235 6¢ purple................... 100.00 39.50 printing plates from 1893 were used to create six souvenir sheets. These stamps are 236 8¢ magenta............... 100.00 10.00 listed on page 75. 237 10¢ black brown........ 200.00 8.00 238 15¢ dark green.......... 365.00 85.00 239 30¢ orange brown..... 410.00 110.00 Today, the original Columbians are among the most treasured of all 240 50¢ slate blue ........... 750.00 195.00 U.S. stamps. In fact, the degree of 241 $1 salmon ................. 1,750.00 795.00 completion of this series is often a 242 $2 brown red............. 1,700.00 750.00 yardstick by which a U.S. collection 243 $3 yellow green......... 3,100.00 1,200.00 is measured! They will surely grow 244 $4 crimson lake......... 3,600.00 1,450.00 245 $5 black .................... 3,900.00 1,800.00 harder to find in the future, so we recommend you get your Columbians ORDER BY PHONE TOLL-FREE while they’re still available. 1-800-433-7811 243 Columbus Describing Third Voyage 244 Isabella and Columbus 245 Columbus 8
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