Classic October 2005
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Graded and authenticated F 70 Mint DOG ("Disturbed Original Gum") by PSE. Don't let the label on the PSE holder throw you, this stamp is not really some kind of canine! The Columbian Exposition, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus landing in the Americas, occasioned the issuing of the first US commemorative stamps and coins. There was so much heated rhetoric coming from Chicagoans wanting their city to be the host of this affair that the editor of the New York Sun dubbed Chicago the "Windy City." The stamps themselves were the subject of controversy and led to Postmaster General John Wanamaker being criticized and even officially reprimanded by Congress. The "Columbians" were issued in 16 different values, ranging from 1¢ to $5, and they were very popular with fairgoers—though few could afford to buy the higher denominations. The offered stamp is the 2-dollar variety, Scott #242 Brown Red. Centered slightly to the top left, it is nicely printed with vivid color and sharp details on the image of "Columbus in Chains." Just some minor disturbances in the original gum appear on the back from a hinge being removed, hence the "DOG" qualifier on the PSE label. A nice-looking specimen of this scarce high value commemorative.
1893 Columbian #242 $2 PSE F 70 Mint (DOG)
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