VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 1885 FIRST SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
All of the first four Special Delivery Issues (E1-E4) are extremely rare in plate block form. We believe the 1885 Issue, E1, is the rarest of the group with perhaps 5-7 known (including one pane). This is one of only four we have offered since keeping computerized records, and it is also the only Mint N.H. example we have offered. This was held for generations since being purchased at the post office in the 1890s. As a result, the gum is untouched by hinging or reinforcement.
Scott value as hinged plate block of eight plus two Mint N.H. singles
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
Ex Merlin. With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $3,350.00). This is one of only two examples to achieve this lofty grade, which is the highest awarded to any unused E1