VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND DESIRABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 FIRST COLOR.
Our census of the 30c 1861 First Color, available at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/61/61.pdf , contains a total of 33 examples, including one in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library. A characteristic common to most examples of the 30c 1861 First Color is faint creasing, which in some cases is very severe and in others barely visible. Six stamps with original gum are free of faults, although a few have a trivial nibbed perf or two. All of the sound stamps are centered to one side (as are most of the others). The example offered here, with balanced margins and a tiny corner crease, is very desirable.
Census No. 61-OG-33. This is a newly-reported copy.