1857 Six pence grey lilac on medium wove paper, imperforate, an exceedingly rare mint
example of this very distinctive printing – brilliant colour and surrounded by adequate to large
margins, large part original gum; pencil signed by experts Herbert Bloch, Aimé Brun and
others, Very Fine, Original Gum (Unitrade 5d; catalogue value $60,000+)
Expertization: 2017 Greene Foundation certificate
Provenance: The “Provenance” Collection of British North America, January 1983; Lot 2067
– auction description further mentions: “From the Lees-Jones Collection”
John Foxbridge (Dupont) Collection, Private Treaty, November 1987
Sir Gawaine Baillie, Sotheby’s, May 2006; Lot 795
After extensive research for anything comparable we were unable to locate another mint OG
example of the Six pence on thick hard wove paper. Few unused examples in any condition
have surfaced, which explains why catalogue values for this particular stamp are long out of
date. The Gibbons catalogue however, does price this variety at £48,000.
QUITE POSSIBLY THE ONLY EXISTING MINT EXAMPLE; AN OUTSTANDING STAMP DESTINED
FOR A COLLECTION OF THE HIGHEST CALIBRE.