EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 96-CENT CONTINENTAL PRINTING IN THE PALE ROSE SUB-SHADE WITH OUTSTANDING CENTERING, COLOR, IMPRESSION AND PAPER. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.
We have offered only two examples of PR23 with original gum in the last 25 years. We have offered two others without gum since 2004. This is the only example in the Pale Rose shade we have offered since keeping computerized records. This is by far the best centered and the largest of any PR23 in any shade we have offered.
With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as no gum
VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COMPLETE MINT NEVER-HINGED SET OF THE 1894 COLMAN SPECIAL PRINTING OF THE 1879-83 NEWSPAPER ISSUE.
In 1894 this set was ordered by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from the American Bank Note Co. to serve as samples. The stamps were printed from the original Continental Bank Note Co. plates. Washington D.C. stamp dealer Hamilton F. Colman obtained a set of imperforate panes of 50. He kept five sets imperforate and privately perforated the other 45. Colman was later indicted for illegal possession of these stamps, but was acquitted.
FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR USED EXAMPLES OF SCOTT PR90 CERTIFIED BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.
Of the four, only one is without faults. With 2003 P.F. certificate