EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- IT HAS BRIGHT PAPER, DEEP RICH COLOR, A PROOF-LIKE IMPRESSION AND A LIGHT CANCELLATION WHICH ALLOWS THE TYPE CHARACTERISTICS TO BE CLEARLY SEEN.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION PAIR OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT COMBINING TYPES Ic AND III. THE LEFT STAMP -- THE RARE TYPE Ic -- IS A SUPERB GEM AND EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
Type Ic occurs on only ten of the 200 positions from Plate 4 and does not occur on any other plate. Two of these ten are "swing positions" (41R4 and 49R4), which can be Type IIIa stamps, depending on the impression. As is well known, most stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued with perforations. Imperforate stamps from Plate 4 are much rarer.
Ex Geary. With 2009 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as singles.