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March 8, 2001 – May 6, 2002
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Location: Rarities Gallery, Lower Level
This exhibition of rarities features 12 sheets of 100 stamps each of the 1893 Columbian issues -- the first large-format commemorative stamps issued in the United States. Included are items ranging from the one-cent postcard stamp to the only surviving sheet of the one-dollar denomination. To accommodate depictions of key scenes in Columbus's life, the Columbians were produced at nearly twice the width of previous postage stamps.