VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE IWO JIMA ISSUE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE KNOWN.
While listed in Scott as a trial color proof, this is actually the original die proof, submitted for approval in the purple color, for the stamp that was hastily prepared for issue in July 1945 before the surrender of Japan. The Iwo Jima stamp honors the U.S. Marine Corps and the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi, and was modeled after the iconic Feb. 23, 1945 photograph by Joe Rosenthal. However, based on objections of the Marine Corps the color for the issued stamp was changed to Yellow Green. This is the finest and the only full-size die-sunk example of the three recorded by Essay and Proof specialist James Lee. This is arguably the most important armed services proof of the Second World War.