EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC. ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., THE HIGHEST GRADED AWARDED.
Collectors looking for Gem-quality stamps (unused and used) from the 1857 perforated issue know that one of the most difficult denominations to obtain is the 24c value. The margins are often narrow, with the design almost always touched (if not in) at top or bottom. This is one of the finest original-gum examples we have ever offered.
With 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade.