EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A WONDERFULLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE RAREST 1861-66 RE-ISSUES. THE 24-CENT IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO LOCATE IN THIS SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
The 24c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate of 200 subjects.10,000 were printed (50 impressions). Only 346 of the 24c were sold; the remaining 9,654 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
The quantity issued for the 24c 1861 Re-Issue (346) is close in number to several lower values, including the 12c and 15c (389 and 397, respectively). However, the 24c is scarcer and appears less frequently at auction. It is also one of the three values most difficult to obtain in choice original-gum condition (the others are the 3c and 30c). Though this is not graded, looking at the P.S.E. Population Report, two are graded 95 (we have never offered either) and four are graded 90 (last we offered was in 2010).
With 1994 P.F. certificate