Arago: Exhibits


Columbus: Support of Queen Isabella

The support of Queen Isabella was essential to Columbus's expedition. Though the subject of the 1-dollar stamp suggests that Queen Isabella sold her jewels to fund Columbus's expedition, in reality the Queen offered limited financial support. However, her decision to endorse Columbus’s voyage in the name of Spain made the discovery of the “New World” possible.

The portrait of Queen Isabella on the 4-dollar stamp is the first portrait of a woman to appear on a US postage stamp.

United States Master Collection, Scott 244, Colombian Exposition

The 4-dollar Isabella and Columbus stamp was issued in 1893.

Master Collection, United States Scott 241, Colombian Exposition

The 1-dollar Queen Isabella Pledging her Jewels stamp was issued in 1893.