EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE IV IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
The ready availability of 3c 1851-57 stamps gives collectors the false impression that superb examples, even of a better type, are easily obtainable. Yet with grading well into its 14th year, this is the sole example of a 3c Type IV stamp to achieve this Gem 100 grade.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $9,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it. No others are even close -- the next highest grade is a 98 (one copy) followed by two at 95J.