EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 2-CENT POSTAGE DUE SPECIAL PRINTING.
The reported sale figures for the rare 1c, 2c and 3c Postage Due Special Printings probably include orders filled with regular stamps, as all three are far rarer than the reported sales numbers would suggest. This is normally found without any form of original gum and is almost never encountered with the centering seen on this example.
With 2014 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1884 10-CENT RED BROWN POSTAGE DUE, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95. ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER AND NONE SHARE THIS GRADE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,200.00) Only one has graded higher (at 98) and none share this grade.
FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 30-CENT 1917 POSTAGE DUE ISSUE PERFORATED 10 ON ONE SIDE. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE POSTAGE DUE ISSUES.
Records indicate that the printing of this Postage Due issue in the Deep Claret shade occurred concurrently with the printing of the Washington-Franklin regular issues that were perforated on the machine with the pins in part of one row set at gauge 10 instead of 11. This stamp and the other known example, precancelled in Saint Louis (see Siegel Sale 1001, lot 2156), were both discovered by John R. Boker Jr. as he was sorting his collection of precancels.
With 2008 P.F. certificate. A footnote in the Scott Catalogue states this is "valued with small faults and fine centering, as the two recorded examples are in this condition and grade".