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Scott Number: 76 Collection Reference No. for Communications: 3886
Denomination/Type: 5c Jefferson, brown, perf. 12
2019 Scott Catalog Value: $ 395.00
Estimated Retail Value: $1000.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Manuscript
Cancel Date: February 15, 1866
Cancel or Company Type: Unknown
Block of 3 5-cent Thomas Jefferson (Scott #76) postage stamps used illegally as revenues on 1866 promissory note to J.H. Gulliford, a musical instruments dealer. Secondary transaction on the back is a 'confession of judgement', an extremely rare transaction, only a handful reported to exist. Mahler (1999) rarity rating of 9 with only 4 reported examples at that time. Ex-Turner (Lot 526 in the 1980 Turner sale, sold for $575 including BP at that time; transaction on back was not noted).
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