EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE 2. THIS IS THE SECOND MINT NEVER-HINGED COPY OF SCOTT 20 WE HAVE OFFERED IN FOURTEEN YEARS AND THE ONLY ONE FROM PLATE 2. A GREAT CONDITION RARITY.
When perforations were introduced in 1857, the plates used to print stamps at Toppan, Carpenter & Co. were laid out with narrow spaces between the subjects, because no thought had been given to the concept of perforation holes between the stamps. The imperforate sheets of 1c stamps on hand were printed from Plates 1 Late, 2 and 4, and the perforations on those stamps rarely clear the design all around. The example from Plate 2 offered here is not only extremely rare as a Mint Never-Hinged copy, it is also exceptionally well-centered.
With 1990 and 2007 P.F. certificates, the former with selvage at top. Scott Retail as hinged.