EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c).
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $16,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only two others have achieved this grade. As another indication of rarity, SMQ does not even price this above the grade of 95.