item 962607 Scott 7 plate 3 strip Zoom

Scott 7 var strip 3 unused 1c 1856 plate 3 w/ PFC, rare est SCV $30,000

Scott 7 var strip 3 unused 1c 1856 plate 3 w/ PFC, rare est SCV $30,000

Availability: Out of stock

Regular Price: $2,000.00

Now only: $1,600.00

Product Description


Scott 7, 1c type II imperforate, plate 3, 1856.  Unused strip of 3, no gum.  Small faults and faint crease, light toning, small edge problems.  Signed Ashbrook and plated as 41-43R3.  Scott doesn't price a strip of 3, only a single at $9,000.  1978 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

A very scarce unused plate 3 multiple.  Seldom seen in any condition and this one (despite the faults) is still presentable.  From Siegel, "According to Ashbrook and Neinken, Plate 3 is believed to have been made in March or April 1856, possibly to replace the defective Plate 2 and/or to meet the increased demand for stamps concurrent with the April 1855 change in postal regulations requiring prepayment of postage. For an unknown reason -- possibly a severe defect that arose in the plate -- very few stamps were printed from the new Plate 3 before it was retired. All positions on Plate 3 are Type II and were entered from the same T-A-B Relief roller used for Plates 1 and 2. Plate 3 stamps bear a close resemblance to those from Plate 2. Surviving Plate 3 examples are rare, and unused examples or multiples of any kind are exceedingly rare." 

Siegel sold a similar (but vertical) plate 3 strip of 3 (also no gum with faults) for $5,175 in 2010.  Link here.

2014 Scott Specialized catalog value: $30,000+ (est for strip of 3)
Estimated cash value: $3,000-$4,000

Click on thumbnail for large scan of the strip, suitable for plating:

Item 962607

Additional Information

Additional Information

Item Number 962607
Condition Unused - NG/RG
Centering Avg/F
Certificate PFC
Characteristic Die variety

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