VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE 3-CENT 1851 ORANGE BROWN WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
With 1989 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW KNOWN 5-CENT 1856 STAMPS WITH ORIGINAL GUM. A KEY CLASSIC UNITED STATES RARITY.
When this stamp was offered in the 1976 Grunin sale, there was a faint gum stain which has now been removed and no longer affects the stamp's appearance. The P.F. also records a 1992 certificate noting the faint gum stain and a small corner crease, but we do not see the corner crease.
Ex Grunin and Golin. With 1989 and 1999 P.S.E. certificates (both stating "it is genuine, unused original gum")