EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC IS EXTREMELY RARE IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION. TO FIND AN EXAMPLE WITH THIS CHOICE CENTERING AND COMPLETELY SOUND IS VASTLY MORE DIFFICULT.
Aside from five Mint N.H. stamps contained in the block of twelve offered in our Sevenoaks sale (Sale 831) and one single contained in another block of twelve offered in our 2010 Rarities sale, we have offered only two others in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records, including one other graded 85 (Sale 1048, lot 257).
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; unpriced in SMQ in Mint N.H. condition). This is the highest grade awarded in the P.S.E. Population Report and is shared by one other. Unpriced in Scott as Mint N.H. Scott Retail as hinged