EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 3-CENT ROSE TYPE I -- ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN THIS SUPERIOR GRADE.
Ex Wagshal, Merlin and "Clipper City". With 2017 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00). Remarkably, the P.S.E. Population Report lists only two XF-Superb 95 and one Superb 98 for the 3c Type I perforated.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE IV.
The ready availability of 3c 1851-57 stamps gives some collectors the false impression that superb examples, even of a better type, are easily obtainable. Yet with grading approaching its 20th year, only four used examples of Scott 26A have achieved a 95J grade or higher (highest is the Gem 100 offered in our 2019 Rarities sale).
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $3,150.00). One shares this grade and only two grade higher