Set Your Collection Apart With This 1903 Essay...
A Stamp That Might Have Been
Essays are designed by private firms competing for contracts to print US stamps. Prepared to illustrate the private firm’s ability to produce a superior stamp, essays are often brilliant examples of fine engraving and stamp design. These “stamps that might have been” are also great fun to collect.
Intended as a pre-production sample of quality workmanship, essays are produced in very low numbers – sometimes as few as one – and are missing from most collections. This 1903 3¢ Washington essay was designed by the Philadelphia Bank Note Co. for use as a Postmaster’s Provisional. The bust used for the vignette is instantly recognizable as the one used on several classic U.S. stamps. However, the intricate frame design of the #184-E5b essay is radically different – which makes this essay a truly special addition to your collection.
This is a great opportunity to add the intricately detailed 1903 3¢ Washington essay die on proof paper to your collection.