DescriptionHB-101 EP-42 Scott-71 Reed-DR03 3¢ Drake's Plantation Bitters Choice New.
Numerical grade: 95case.80stamp.70mica. = 245 Mr. Mayer acquired this piece from a CAA sale a number of years ago where it was described, "This piece, although not rare, is one of the most astounding quality pieces of encased we have ever handled. In fact, this cataloger can recall only one finer example (a 5¢ Shillito) of any issue. The piece has 95% of its original silver, including a considerable amount on the half moons on the face. An extraordinary piece of Encased that should be vigorously pursued by the specialist." We're just as impressed with this piece now as we were last time. The silvering remains even on most of the high points of the letters. The stamp is fresh and well centered, and the mica shows only a few as-made crazes and separations at its very edges but is primarily crystal clear.
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