EXTREMELY FINE. THE 24-CENT 1861-66 IS EXTREMELY RARE IN SOUND, WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THE SHADE AND IMPRESSION OF THIS STAMP ARE VERY RARELY ENCOUNTERED.
This stamp is the intense Dark Lilac shade. Every background line and detail of the lathework is printed with perfect clarity. The paper of is whiter, slightly thicker and more opaque -- it is similar to the paper on which the Blackish Violet (Scott 78c) is found -- and we suspect that the printings in this Dark Lilac shade and Blackish Violet shade occurred in close proximity, probably on similar paper stock.
The Scott value is based on a typical 24c stamp and does not begin to reflect the rarity of this stamp, in terms of its condition and depth of color.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT LILAC 1863 ISSUE.
With 2010 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 24-CENT LILAC IN SOUND, CENTERED, ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Although the 24c 1861-66 Issue exists in large quantities of used stamps and a fair quantity of off-center original-gum examples, all of the shades are rare in higher grades with original gum.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 24-CENT LILAC SHADE.
With 1996 P.F. certificate for block of four
EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1863 GRAYISH LILAC SHADE. VERY SCARCE IN THIS HIGH-QUALITY ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
With 1986 P.F. certificate (submitted as No. 78, opinion states No. 70a Brownish Lilac -- we disagree)