EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE II IS A SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUPERB USED CONDITION.
With 1980 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,700.00). A review of the P.S.E. Population statistics for the 1c 1857 perforated types reveals a startling fact. For stamps in the grade of 95, Type I (Scott 18) has seven examples, the rare Type Ia (Scott 19) has two plus a 98J, Type III (Scott 21) has nine examples, Type IIIa (Scott 22) has twelve and Type IV (Scott 23) has three. Type II is regarded as the most common of the perforated 1c stamps prior to Scott 24, yet the P.S.E. Population statistics show only two used examples grading 95, with none higher -- this despite more submissions of used Type II's than any other 1c stamp except Type IIIa and the common Type V. Each of the other scarcer types, including Type Ia has more examples graded 95 or better.