VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY COLLECTION OF 1869 5-CENT LARGE LETTERING DIE ESSAYS WHICH WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DUPLICATE.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a comprehensive group of these essays, which are normally offered individually or in sets by paper. While there may be a few with paper misidentified, it is of little consequence, as Scott Retail for all the included papers is $600.00 each
VERY FINE GROUP OF 1869 10-CENT LINCOLN LARGE DIE ESSAYS. ALMOST NEVER SEEN IN THIS DEPTH.
A few may have their paper misidentified but that is inconsequential. Scott Retail values are only $100.00 different between India and proof paper
VERY FINE GROUP OF 1869 10-CENT LINCOLN LARGE DIE ESSAYS ON BOND PAPER. THIS WOULD BE EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO DUPLICATE.
A few may have their paper misidentified as the differences between some of the listed bond papers are very nuanced. Scott Retail values differ only by $50.00-$100.00 among the various listings
VERY FINE. A RARE 10-CENT 1869 ESSAY WITH THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE VIGNETTE ENGRAVED BY JAMES SMILLIE, WHICH WAS ULTIMATELY USED FOR THE 24-CENT DENOMINATION.
This vignette is a miniature engraving by James Smillie, based on a painting by Trumbull which hangs in the Rotunda of the Capitol. Contrary to popular belief, the scene depicted by Trumbull is not the signing ceremony, but the presentation of the draft. It has been written that the 30c stamp was changed from the Surrender of Burgoyne to the Eagle, Shield and Flags design to avoid offending the British. If true, it seems odd that officials would choose to use the Declaration of Independence "1776" design for the 24c stamp, which was far more likely to adorn mail to England (the basic rate was 12c).
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE GROUP OF 1869 10-CENT DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ESSAYS.
These are rarely seen at all, much less in a set. Only two Scott-listed colors are absent. Power Search located only one other example