EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PERFORATED 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THIS STAMP EASILY RANKS AS ONE OF THE FINEST COPIES EXTANT.
The stamp offered here is completely sound with proof-like impression and original gum. It shows the outer frameline on all four sides virtually without interruption. There are very few examples of Scott 36B that exist in condition comparable to that of the stamp offered here.
With 1991 P.F. certificate as Plate 1, Scott No. 36
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
Ex Lilly and 1993 Rarities sale (as a block of six with the tiny hole described)
VERY FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
This block clearly demonstrates why it is so difficult to find this issue with choice centering. The narrow space between subjects on the plate makes it almost impossible for the perforations to clear the design on all four sides.
With 1988 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a large volume of mail franked with those values. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies are scarce and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare. Approximately 180 used examples have been certified as genuine by The Philatelic Foundation, of which approximately one-quarter are sound.
With 1983 and 2003 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 90-CENT IMPERFORATE.
According to Brookman, the 24c, 30c and 90c 1860 Imperforates come from a trial printing of the finished designs submitted to the Postmaster General for final opinion. The designs and colors match the regular issues (unlike essays and trial color proofs). One pair is known of the 90c. For many years these were listed in the front of Scott Catalogue.
A Power Search review did not find another four-margin single offered outside of a set.