VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF 1861 FIRST DESIGNS AND COLORS PLATE PROOFS ON INDIA, IN BLOCKS OF FOUR. NO MORE THAN TWO CAN EXIST.
According to essay-proof specialist James Lee, only two complete sets of these India paper proofs are possible. The set possibilities are limited by the extreme rarity of the 1c, 24c, 30c and 90c values in blocks of four.
Scott Retail as singles, counting the 24c as the regularly issued No. 78P3 (though its color differs significantly from the 78P3 in lot 62)