United States Encased Postage Stamp B.F. Miles 5 Cents Denomination
Extremely Rare B.F. Miles 5 Cents HB 183, EP 86, Scott 135. The stamp is of good color particularly for this Issue. The mica in general is Very Fine with a negligible ding at the center and slight crazing variations under angled light with some aging residue on the peripheries. The case is sound but for a distinguishing upturned lip visible on the reverse with some minimal striations and aging residue. A very presentable example of this major Philatelic/numismatic rarity of which there are approximately 10 or 11 known and very seldom are offered at public auction, with the highest grades being offered in the Ford, Mayer and Tanenbaum auctions, each eclipsing five figures. Thanks to Mrs. Gina M. DiBenedetto who literally saved it from the trash, we have a previously unrecorded example available to find a new home.
F/VF Accompantied by Philatelic Foundation certificate.
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