4c Columbian Error of Color is to be auctioned by Siegel. Block of four rare stamps is to be sold for $90,000

June 4th, 2018

FindYourStampsValue.com is delighted to share the latest auction news with our readers. This piece of info concerns block of four 4c Columbian Error of Color stamps that is to be auctioned by Siegel during its “2018 Rarities of the World” sale. This is a rare original-gum block in a fine condition, with deep rich color. Top right stamp has a small tear extending from a stain spot, other three stamps have small shallow thin spots where hinges were removed.

The Columbian Issue, often known as simply the Columbians, is a set of 16 postage stamps issued by the United States to commemorate the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago during 1893. The finely-engraved stamps were the first commemorative stamps issued by the United States, depicting various events during the career of Christopher Columbus and are presently much valued by collectors.

The 4c Columbian color error happened due to the use of a wrong batch of ink, and spectrographic analysis has shown that the blue inks of the 4c error and 1c Columbian have the same components. Stamps from at least three panes reached collectors, and the few cancelled examples indicate that stamps used by the public came from at least one additional pane. It is likely that a number of full sheets were printed using the wrong ink, and most of the stamps have simply been lost to philately.

The block of four 4c Columbian Color Error stamps is estimated to fetch $90,000 at Robert A Siegel auction that will take place on June 27, 2018.