EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. VERY FEW ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE ARE KNOWN. A GREAT RARITY.
The last time we offered an original-gum example of this stamp was in our auction of the Lewis Golin collection (Sale 812) in May 1999. That stamp realized $14,000 hammer.
With 1998 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE OF THE CLASSIC IMPERFORATE STAMPS IN SOUND UNUSED CONDITION.
With 1956 and 2001 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR 5-CENT 1856 STAMP OF GARGANTUAN DIMENSIONS.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON A REMARKABLY FRESH COVER.
Probably carried aboard the Cunarder Persia which departed New York on July 8, 1857.