Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1893

Presidents: Jan. 1 to Mar. 3: Benjamin Harrison · Mar. 4 to Dec. 31: Grover Cleveland.
Postmasters General: Jan. 1 to Mar. 5: John Wanamaker · Mar. 6 to Dec. 31: Wilson S. Bissell.
Domestic Letter Rate: 2¢ per oz. · Card Rate: 1¢ · Registry Fee: 8¢ · Foreign Rate: 5¢.

Ordinary Postage Stamp First Issued in 1893 – No Triangles.

Unwatermarked – Perforated 12 – Flat Plate – Printed By the American Bank Note Company.

8¢ Lilac Sherman
The eight-cent stamp was issuedto meet the new registry rate which began on Jan. 1, 1893

U.S. Commemorative Postage Stamps First Issued in 1893

The Columbian Exposition Issue – Printed by the American Bank Note Company.
100 Subject Plates (All of the 1¢ and some of the 2¢ stamps were printed on 200 subject plates).
Unwatermarked · Perf 12 · Soft Porous Paper.
Official First Day: January 2, 1893 ( the 8¢ was issued on March 2).

1¢ Columbus in Sight of Land 2¢ Landing of Columbus 3¢ Flagship of Columbus 4¢ Fleet of Columbus
5¢ Columbus Soliciting Aid of Isabella 6¢ Columbus Welcomed at Barcelona 8¢ Columbus Restored to Favor 10¢ Columbus Presenting Natives
15¢ Columbus Announcing Discovery 30¢ Columbus at La Rabida 50¢ Recall of Columbus $1 Isabella Pledging Her Jewels
$2 Columbus in Chains  $3 Columbus Describing Third Voyage  $4 Isabella and Columbus  $5 Columbus

The Ten Cent Special Delivery Stamp of 1893
Printed by the American Bank Note Co. on soft porous unwatermarked paper – Flat Plate – Perf 12 – 100 Subject Plates.


Special Delivery Stamp of 189310¢ Orange
“Running Messenger”

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1893:

Ordinary issue:
Scott 225 – 8¢ Sherman – Lilac to Grayish Lilac – EDU: May 4, 1893 – 12,087,800 issued.
Commemoratives:
Scott 230 – 1¢ Columbus in Sight of Land – EDU: Jan. 1, 1893 (FDC) – 449,195,550 issued.
Scott 231 – 2¢ Landing of Columbus – EDU: Jan. 1, 1893 (FDC) – 1,464,588,750  issued.
Scott 232 – Three Cent Flagship of Columbus – EDU: Jan. 1, 1893 (FDC) – 11,501,250 issued.
Scott 233 – Four Cent Fleet of Columbus – EDU: Jan. 1, 1893 (FDC) – 19,181,550 issued.
Scott 234 – 5¢ Columbus Soliciting Aid of Isabella – EDU: Jan. 1, 1893 (FDC) – 35,248,250 issued.
Scott 235 – 6¢ Columbus Welcomed at Barcelona – EDU: Jan. 2, 1893 (FDC) – 4,707,550 issued.
Scott 236 – 8¢ Columbus Restored to Favor – EDU: Mar. 18, 1893 – 10,656,550 issued.
Scott 237 – 10¢ Columbus Presenting Natives – EDU: Jan. 1, 1893 (FDC) – 16,516,950 issued.
Scott 238 – 15¢ Columbus Announcing His Discovery – EDU: Jan. 26, 1893 – 1,576,950 issued.
Scott 239 – 30¢ Columbus at La Rabida – EDU: Jan. 10, 1893 (2/8/93 on cover) – 617,250 issued.
Scott 240 – 50¢ Recall of Columbus – EDU: Feb. 8, 1893 – 243,750 issued.
Scott 241 – $1 Isabella Pledging Her Jewels – EDU: Jan. 11, 1893 (1/21/93 on cover) – 55,050 issued.
Scott 242 – $2 Columbus in Chains – EDU: Jan. 2, 1893 (FDC) – 45,550 issued.
Scott 243 – $3 Columbus Describing Third Voyage – EDU: Mar. 24, 1893 – 27,650 issued.
Scott 244 – $4 Isabella and Columbus – EDU: Mar. 24, 1893 – 26,350 issued.
Scott 245 – $5 Columbus – EDU: Jan. 6, 1893 – 27,350 issued.
Special Delivery Stamps:
Scott E3 – 10¢ Orange Running Messenger – Feb. 11, 1893 – 5,099,500 issued.
No new varieties of the Postage Due stamps were issued in 1893.

See also: Designs of the 1890 Regular Issues.

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