Sale 1235 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 19-20 May, 2021
Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND FULL-MARGINED PART ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
The 5c stamp was issued in 1856, five years after the 1c, 3c and 12c values and one year after the 10c were issued. It was typically used to pay the 5c shore-to-ship rate for mail sent overseas and also in multiples for the 10c transcontinental or 15c U.S.-French treaty rates.
With the exception of some rare types of the 1c and 10c, such as Scott Nos. 5 and 16, the 5c stamp is the most difficult denomination to obtain with four margins in sound original-gum condition. The spacing between stamps was very narrow, leaving little margin for error when separating the stamps, which explains why so few examples are known with four margins.
Ex Hoffman. With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (POG, XF 90; SMQ $62,500.00 as OGph). Scott value as original gum