Sale 1019 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 1-2 March, 2012
Category — 1c-5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-30)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE I -- PERFORATED TYPE I STAMPS ONLY COME FROM THE TIGHTLY-SPACED PLATE 12 AND ARE VERY RARELY ENCOUNTERED WITH PERFORATIONS CLEAR OF THE ENTIRE DESIGN.
The 1c Type I perforated is a notoriously difficult stamp to find well-centered and with perfs that do not cut off parts of the design. The Type I shows the completed design at both top and bottom, and as the spacing on the plate was narrow and perforating of stamps during this time period was generally poor, most examples do not show the full defining characteristics of the type. The example offered here, showing the full ornamentation at top and bottom is a condition rarity.
With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and one of only six 95's in the P.S.E. Population Report