VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A FRESH SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 ISSUE IN THE RED BROWN SHADE -- VERY RARE IN THIS CONDITION.
The 5c Red Brown, issued in early 1862 after the Buff printing, is one of the 1861-66 stamps that challenges collectors who demand choice original-gum examples. Multiples of the Red Brown are extremely rare, with only one recorded original-gum block; therefore, there has never been a supply of blocks from which singles could be harvested. The vast majority of original-gum singles are off-center or faulty.
With 2014 P.F. certificate