THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT J. C. AYER & CO. PRINTED IN RED. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INMAN COLLECTION AND OF THE ENTIRE FIELD.
The one-cent Ayer's stamps were printed and issued in seven different colors. Three colors are the only recorded examples, the Orange is one of two known and the Brown Carmine and Blue are represented by two or three known. All six of these rare colors are included in the Inman collection, which is a remarkable feat. The majority used by Ayer were in Black, where it has been estimated that 1.25 million were used each year.
The rarity of Medicine stamps is often attributable to paper type, such as pink or experimental silk paper. This is an unusual case where the item's rarity is based on the printed color, which is more easily discernible than most paper types. This is the only recorded example in Red.
Ex Joyce. Offered to the market for the first time since 1991.