Sale 639

Lot 3290


1880 Special Printing, 15¢ orange (199), without gum as issued, without question, the finest known example of this rarely offered stamp, well centered amid beautiful large margins, with spectacular deep rich color; the 1880 soft paper Special Printings are notorious for their fragile soft paper, resulting in most of the 36 known examples coming faulty from one degree to another; this stamp, being completely sound, is a true condition rarity deserving placement in the finest collection, Very Fine, 1973 A.P.S. and 2008 P.F. certificates.
Scott $42,500.
Estimate $30,000 - 40,000.


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