VERY FINE CENTERING AND AN EXTREMELY RARE USED BOOKLET PANE -- OF EVEN GREATER RARITY WITH THE PLATE NUMBER SELVAGE.
According to Johl, the proofs of this stamp were considered masterpieces, but when the stamp was issued in red using the wet paper printing method it was widely criticized. Washington's nose was excessively red and the details of the design were lost. The New York Times wrote that "if not labelled Washington it could be taken for Adams, Madison or Monroe". Faced with such criticism the Post Office Department rushed a replacement stamp into use -- the 2c Shield issue (Scott 319 and 320) -- less than nine months later.
Our census of used Scott 301c, available at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/301c/301c.pdf , includes six with full tabs and an additional three without tabs.
EXTREMELY FINE LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1902 ISSUE.
With 1989, 2003 and 2014 P.F. certificates (XF 90)
VERY FINE. A CHOICE PAIR OF THE RARE 2-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE VII OFFSET ISSUE.
With 1975 P.F. certificate