THE ONLY KNOWN FIRST DAY COVER OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL.
On June 6, 1861, Postmaster J.L. Riddle called on John V. Childs, a local engraver and printer, to make up the first 5c stamps. Six days later they were placed on sale at the post office. With accompanying articles and photocopy of 1960 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THE UNIQUE MATCHED PAIR OF CONFEDERATE BISECTS, FORMING ONE OF THE GREATEST ITEMS IN CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.
Each with 1982 P.F. certificate and accompanied by a signed letter from Expert Committee Chairman Mortimer L. Neinken that "these bisects are both halves of the same stamp". The pair realized $24,200 in our 1982 Rarity sale