A friend (lokos) recently sent me a selection of mint covers and used covers with the Columbus & liberty design. These are not cut squares but full covers that I cropped out for clarity & definition of the design.(I'll post both) I have never owned this design before so never really looked into them. Is there anything I should look out for like variations, errors etc...? Any help would very much appreciated. Thanks -Jeff
Our old friend wt1 took an interest in a post that I had made yesterday and he dug up some really interesting information on them that I thought I would share with you about these:
Using your mint envelopes as an example, the 5c variety is using Die 2 as shown in this image cropped from your original scan:
Incidentally, the remainder of your mint envelopes are Die 3 (with Meridian behind Columbus head, but with no periods after "AMERICA" or "CENT" or "CENTS". This die variety was used on the 1c, 2c and 10c denominations only.
they were apparently cousins to President Theodore Roosevelt:
In case you were wondering what Theodore T. Roosevelt of Roosevelt Bros. looked like, here's a photo: