EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE III IMPERFORATE WITH JUMBO MARGINS. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE AND IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
The majority of sound unused examples of any of the 10c 1855 types are without gum, and many of the original-gum singles have faults. The Type III imperforate, Scott 15 (B relief), should be approximately as scarce in superb original-gum condition as the Type II, Scott 14 (A relief), as only slightly fewer Plate 1 positions are Type III vs. Type II (and Scott value is the same). However, the graded populations do not bear this out, as this stamp is the only XF-Superb 95J graded stamp in either the P.F. database or P.S.E.'s Population Report, with none higher. A total of two Type II Scott 14 stamps are graded 95 by the P.F. (with none higher), while four Type IIs are graded 95 or 98 by P.S.E. No other 10c Type IIIs match this stamp's grade.
With 2020 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo).
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE III IMPERFORATE.
With 1993 and 2002 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT TYPE III 1855 ISSUE.
With 1993 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE III IMPERFORATE ISSUE.
The 1855 10c stamps that have survived with original gum generally come from blocks and strips broken in recent years. Only a few exist without faults, and even fewer make the grade of Extremely Fine.
With 1994 P.F. certificate