VERY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE TYPE IA.
The Type Ia stamps were produced from 18 positions in the bottom row of plate 4. The most distinctive feature of Plate 4 is that the top row was entered with the designs complete at top (Type II), and the bottom row was entered with designs complete or nearly complete at bottom (Types Ia and Ic). Although the plate layout provided sufficient space for perforations, the height of the top-row and bottom-row designs was larger than others in the sheet, which resulted in perforations cutting into either the top or bottom rows, depending on which direction the sheet was fed into the perforator. Type Ia and Ic stamps from the bottom row are almost always cut into at bottom, an unfortunate situation for collectors because the bottom part of the design is what makes Type Ia and Ic stamps desirable. This original-gum example with sheet margin at bottom is a great rarity.
Ex Ishikawa. With 1960 P.F. certificate
FINE. A VERY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE TYPE I PERFORATED 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE.
With 1953 Miro certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A RARE USED STAMP WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.
Small red backstamp. With 1994 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 12-CENT PLATE ONE HAD EXTREMELY NARROW SPACES IN BETWEEN SUBJECTS -- EXAMPLES OF PERFORATED STAMPS FROM THIS PLATE WITH PERFS CLEAR OF FRAMELINES ARE VERY RARE, AND ORIGINAL-GUM COPIES SUCH AS THIS ARE INCALCULABLY RARE.
With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott value does not in any way reflect the market value of this condition-rarity