3¢ Dull Red, Type I, Diagonal Half Used as 1¢ (11d), Bottom right diagonal half, tied across the cut by bold strike of New York City grid cancel on blue folded cover front with expertly added flaps addressed to New York, route directive "Via Nicaragua" in same hand as address, blue crayon "Circular San Frco May 31/53" at bottom in a different hand, sender's route directive "via Nicaragua" and clear strike of blue "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS" two-line italicized handstamp, the expert restoration is not noted on accompanying certificate, Very Fine appearance and a rare bisected use of the 3¢ 1851 paying the 1¢ circular rate with the "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS" blue italicized handstamp, this is one of two such uses recorded, ex Dr. Chase, Brown and Hackmey, with clear 2007 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. ONLY FIVE OF THE FOURTEEN RECORDED 3-CENT 1851 BISECTED USAGES ARE 10-CENT RATES. AN OUTSTANDING CLASSIC COVER.
Illustrated in Letters of Gold (p. 111). Ex Beals and Kapiloff. With 1949 P.F. certificate. Signed Sloane.