Sale 1267 — The Porter W. Venn II Collection of U.S. Postal Stationery, Part 1
Sale Date — Thursday, 20 October, 2022
Category — 1876 Centennial Issue (Scott U218-U220)
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED ENTIRES OF THE 1876 3-CENT RED ON WHITE CENTENNIAL ISSUE WITH DOUBLE LINE UNDER "POSTAGE". ONE OF THE MOST EASILY RECOGNIZED AND DESIRABLE OF ALL POSTAL STATIONERY RARITIES.
The 1876 Centennial Exhibition envelopes were the first commemorative envelopes ever issued. From a single master die, working dies were produced with a single line under "Postage" (Die 71, called Hartford Die) and with a double line under "Postage" (Die 72, called Philadelphia Die). Die 72 comes in two sub-types and the printing in Red (Ty. 2) is one of the great rarities of postal stationery collecting, with only four full entires recorded.
Ex Barkhausen with his backstamp and White. With 2002 P.F. certificate. UPSS value $56,000.00.