VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST-CENTERED OF THE FEWER THAN ONE DOZEN SOUND EXAMPLES EXTANT.
Our census of 30c 1869 Inverts, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/121b/121b.pdf , contains a total of 47 stamps, including 7 unused and 40 used (one in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library and one used in the Tapling Collection at the British Library). Of the 38 available to collectors, only 13 are sound or potentially sound (six are based on decades-old descriptions and need to be reexamined for condition). Of the confirmed sound copies, this has better centering and a clearer cancel than most.
Census No. 121b-CAN-19. Ex Picher. With 1946, 1969 and 1990 P.F. certificates.