EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 1994 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,200.00) -- only four grade higher
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 30-CENT ORANGE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
The narrowly-spaced 30c 1861 plate left very little room for the 12-gauge perforations between stamps. Brookman notes "coupled with the fact it is very hard to find a well-centered copy, this color, which always cancels badly, makes a truly superb used copy almost a rarity. I consider it the most difficult stamp of the 1861 Series to obtain in choice used condition."
With 2005 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $5,550.00). Only one example grades higher (at 98J, offered in our "Natalie Grace" sale). This is one of only two to achieve this superior grade
Union Soldier's Head, New York, N.Y. (Skinner-Eno PH-F 72), bold strike on 30¢ Orange (71), trivial perf crease at top left, Very Fine strike of this distinctive fancy cancel, the creation and use of this fancy cancel in the Spring of 1866 coincided with the return of soldiers from the Civil War, it is known on at least one domestic cover, but apparently the cancelling device migrated to the foreign-mail exchange office, where it was used to cancel stamps on mail to foreign countries, ex Jennings