30 Cent Columbian Stamps
The 30 cent Columbian stamps are an intriguing issue of the most popular set of United States stamps, the 1893 issue commemorating the famous voyage of Christopher Columbus. This stamp, identified as Scott Catalog #239, depicts the time Columbus spent in Rabida which can be seen as both the low point of Columbus' tale as well as a turning point propelling him to the new world. After leaving the court of Spain's Queen Isabel without having reached a deal, Columbus stopped in Rabida to rest with Franciscan friars.
Apparently his vigor was renewed because he reversed his course to France and returned to Spain. This stamp design depicts this time of reflection in Rabida leading to a pivotal decision that affected the course of human history. This stamp is commonly seen as the last of the affordable stamps in the series before the 50 cent and then dollar denominated stamps of the $1 through $5 Columbians which are highly priced in the stamp collecting world.
This results in some fairly affordable stamp values . This set was printed by the American Bank Note Company in 1893 and 617,250 individual stamps were produced in panes of fifty. This stamp was printed in a few shades of orange brown which does not stand the test of time very well.
Many of the 30 cent Columbian stamps that survive have faded or changed over time and are no longer the bright, crisp orange brown originally issued. Mint examples of this stamp are frequently regummed. Even though this is only the thirty cent denomination, the catalog value is high enough to attract unscrupulous stamp manipulators. A good stamp mechanic can fool some of the most astute stamp collectors. This just means that you should only buy stamps from a trusted source and seriously consider getting a certificate anytime as mint original gum especially for never hinged original gum. This is a gorgeous stamp from 1893 which is a member of the most popular of all US stamps sets.
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