VERY FINE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE 5-CENTAVOS FIRST ISSUE IN THE BLUE SHADE. ONE LARGER BLOCK FROM STONE B IS KNOWN IN THE VIOLET BLUE SHADE.
When this block was part of the Larsen collection, the block of four at upper left, containing the inverted transfer Position 13, was still attached. It was cut out to be sold separately. The remaining block of sixteen is still the largest multiple in Blue, and, relative to all 5c multiples, it is second only to the block of 40 with the hole-punched Position 38 "50" error, which is the Blue Violet shade.
Ex Larsen (as a block of 20) and Londono (in its present form)
EXTREMELY FINE. A HANDSOME AND SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 5-CENTAVOS 1859 FIRST ISSUE FROM STONE B.
VERY FINE. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE FROM THE 10-CENTAVOS STONE B, SHOWING THE STRIKING TILTED TRANSFER VARIETY. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING BLOCKS OF THE ENTIRE COLOMBIAN FIRST ISSUE.
Illustrated in the Bortfeldt handbook on page 34 where described as "probably the largest unit known of this stone." Ex Newbury and Wickersham.