VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A GORGEOUS LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I, WHICH WAS FURNISHED ONLY BY THE BOTTOM ROW OF THE PLATE. VERY FEW SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM TYPE I STAMPS EXIST, PARTICULARLY WITH THE MARGINS SEEN ON THIS STAMP.
Type I stamps come from the bottom 20 positions of the plate. They are the only stamps to show the design complete at bottom. For some reason the sheet margin at bottom was often trimmed away, leaving a dearth of quality copies. The Type IV stamps (Scott 16) come from only eight positions, but we would rank the two types equally in terms of the rarity of sound original-gum copies.
From the U.S. Trust Company sale (H. R. Harmer, Feb. 17-18, 1970). With 2021 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I IN THE FINEST CONDITION POSSIBLE.
The 10c Type I stamps are defined as having complete scrolls at bottom. They are only found on the bottom row of the plate (20 positions). For some reason, they were usually trimmed at bottom when they were separated, leaving a dearth of quality copies. This example, with its enormous margins, is an extreme exception to the rule.
Ex Kirke. With 2011 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,250.00). Only one grades higher (at 98J) and only four others share this grade.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 10-CENT 1855 IMPERFORATE ISSUE, COMBINING TYPES I, II AND III.
Ex Saadi. With 1990 P.F. certificate.