The lower value denominations of the Columbian Exposition Issue of 1893 were released right after the New Year. The 8-cent ‘Columbus Restored to Favor’ stamp was issued in March 1893. Like the 8-cent Grant of the 1890 Issue, this 8-cent stamp was specifically created to pay the new, lower registered mail fee that was enacted on January 1, 1893. The 8-cent Columbian Exposition stamp was released before the 8-cent 1890 Issue by a few weeks.
Based on the painting by Francisco Jover y Casanova, the stamp depicts Columbus being restored to favor by the king and queen of Spain. Queen Isabella is taking the hand of the kneeling Columbus. Unlike many other denominations of this issue, the 8-cent stamp (as described above) served a direct purpose: In combination with the very common 2-cent stamp, it paid the first-class rate and the registered mail fee. The American Bank Note Company printed 10,656,550 of this 8-cent issue.