EXTREMELY FINE. VERTICAL PAIRS OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ARE EXTREMELY RARE IN THIS SUPERIOR GRADE. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.
Ex Rust, Koppersmith, Wall (where it realized $6,500 hammer) and Mayer.
With 1987 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT 1847 VALENTINE WITH BLOOD'S LOCAL POST STAMP.
With 1985 and 1999 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. AN UNUSUALLY FRESH AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE UNITED STATES 1847 ISSUE USED FROM CANADA.
At this stage of U.S.-Canadian postal relations, it was possible to prepay U.S. postage on mail from Canada to the U.S. with stamps supplied to Canadian post offices. In this case the sender in Montreal correctly prepaid the 5c under-300 miles rate from the border to Boston. The sender's note inside indicates that he was forwarding a letter to be sent by a Cunarder on Sep. 20, 1848.
With 1988 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS JULY 17, 1847, COVER IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE UNITED STATES FIRST GENERAL ISSUE TO OR FROM CANADA.
The earliest recorded use of the 1847 Issue is the 10c cover from New York City to Indianapolis, postmarked July 2, 1847. The earliest use of the 1847 Issue to a foreign destination is the 10c cover from Philadelphia to London, postmarked July 14, 1847. Next in line is this July 17 cover to Canada, which is the earliest use of the 1847 Issue on a cover to any location in British North America.
The 10c 1847 stamp paid the single-rate postage to the U.S.-Canada border. From there to Belleville, the rate was calculated at 1 shilling 5-1/2 pence, approximately 18 pence, which corresponds to the 9p rate for distance (about 250 miles), doubled for weight over one-half ounce.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP ON A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE CROSS-BORDER COVER. POSSIBLY THE FINEST COVER EXTANT WITH A 10-CENT 1847 SHOWING THIS DISTINCTIVE PLATE FLAW.
With 1999 P.F. certificate. The "Harelip" variety is listed in Scott and priced at $1,900.00 off cover