VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 FIRST COLOR WITH ORIGINAL GUM. THIS WAS THE RIGHT STAMP IN THE LILLY PAIR.
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).
Census No. 61-OG-17. Ex Lilly as right stamp in a pair with Census No. 61-OG-16. With copy of 1967 P.F. certificate as pair.