EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT C GRILL.
The 3c is the only denomination that comes with the distinctive C Grill, with the grill points facing up instead of down. The few high-grade original-gum examples owe their existence to the division of blocks of four over the years.
With 1993 and 2006 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE.
The 3c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate, which contained 200 subjects in two panes. 10,000 stamps were printed (50 impressions). Only 465 of the 3c were sold; the remaining 9,535 were destroyed on July 16, 1884. The 3c is one of the three most difficult stamps in the set to obtain in choice original-gum condition (the others are the 24c and 30c). It is rarely found well-centered, and those in Very Fine or Extremely Fine grade usually have either disturbed gum or no gum at all.
Ex Hoffman. With 1985 and 2008 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A VERY DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE, ESPECIALLY WITH ITS LIGHTLY-HINGED ORIGINAL GUM.
The 10c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). Only 451 of the 10c were sold; the remaining 9,549 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
Ex Sheriff. With 1971 and 2007 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE, WHICH IS ARGUABLY THE MOST CHALLENGING OF THE 1861-66 RE-ISSUES TO OBTAIN IN THIS GRADE.
The 30c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate of 200 subjects. 10,000 stamps were printed (50 impressions). Only 346 of the 30c were sold; the remaining 9,654 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
Little space was left on the 30c 1861 plate for vertical rows of perforations between stamps, and the same plate was used for the 1875 Re-Issue. Therefore, well-centered copies with perforations clear at the sides are rare. When one takes into consideration the limited number sold (346) and other condition factors, such as gum and freshness of paper, the rarity of the stamp offered here can be truly appreciated.
Ex John H. Hall Jr. (acquired in the Stephen Brown sale held in 1939). With 2001 and 2015 P.F. certificates, both as "previously hinged"