VERY FINE. A STRIKING 1857 10-CENT TYPE III MULTIPLE ON A QUADRUPLE-RATE COVER TO MEXICO FROM THE HARGOUS CORRESPONDENCE. MULTIPLE-RATE COVERS TO MEXICO ARE RARELY FOUND IN THIS REMARKABLY FRESH AND CHOICE CONDITION.
Pencil note "Colson $200" on back, referring to the price paid to Warren H. Colson, probably more than 70 years ago.
10¢ Green, Type II (32), horizontal strip of six, extraordinarily choice centering for a multiple of this size, bright color, tied by three bold strikes of "New Orleans La. Feb. 15, 1858" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, from the Hargous correspondence, bold "7" reales due handstamp, fifth stamp with trivial small sealed tear at bottom, Extremely Fine, a rare multiple franking to Mexico paying the six-times rate, ex Caspary, Rust and Klein, from our 1981 and 1996 Rarities of the World sales, with 1988 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE II WITH A PROMINENT DOUBLE TRANSFER.
With 1968, 1994 and 2008 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE II, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Ex Dauer and Merlin. With 2004 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $11,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares it, a statistic that has not changed in a decade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1857 PERFORATED 10-CENT TYPE III IN EXISTENCE. THIS STUNNING STAMP IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
The first perforated 10c stamps produced by Toppan Carpenter from sheets printed from Plate 1 are notorious among collectors for their poor centering. The example offered here, with unusually wide margins on all sides, bright color, a face-free cancel and in pristine condition, is the finest we have ever encountered.
Ex "Natalee Grace". With 1999 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $12,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade.