3c Violet, Die Essay on India (11-E14a var).
Affixed to letter with printed "Secretary's Office" and dated "Jun. 18, 1864", contents reads "make a bed piece from this die, Engraving in it, in place of "Postage"_"Three Cents"_ the following words "American Bank-Note Company New York" in plain white letters. The letters "U.S." are not to be taken out"
, Very Fine, this was printed by American Bank Note Company in 1864, possibly for a later contract, probably a unique item and a wonderful historical artifact
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