EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB SOUND AND CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT RED BROWN. A GREAT RARITY IN THIS OUTSTANDING CONDITION.
The 5c Red Brown is one of the 1861-66 stamps that challenges collectors who demand choice original-gum examples. Multiples are extremely rare, with only one recorded original-gum block; therefore, there has never been a supply of blocks from which singles could be harvested. The vast majority of original-gum singles are off-center, faulty or both. The example offered here -- in superb original-gum condition -- is a truly rare stamp.
With 2016 P.F. certificate (XF 90 XQ). The "XQ" denotes extraordinary quality. By way of comparison, the highest graded original gum example of Scott 75 contained in P.S.E.'s Population Report is Fine 70