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Sale 1227 — Outstanding United States Stamps and Gold Coins

Sale Date — Monday-Friday, 19-23 October, 2020

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Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)

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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2323, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered, a single perf at lower left is mostly detached but is described on most recent certificate as "repaired" (we disagree)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT STEEL BLUE.

The Steel Blue is the most distinctive of all the 24c shades. Unlike some of the others, it is rarely mistaken or misidentified, and as such has always been a favorite of collectors. Examples with original gum are rare, and those with Very Fine or Extremely Fine centering are of tremendous rarity, probably numbering no more than a dozen (with or without faults).

With clear 2001 P.F. certificate. With 2020 P.S.E. certificate describing the perf as repaired

16,500
4,250
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