Rare Twelve Cent Drake's Plantation BittersHB-106 EP-145 Scott-74 Reed-DR12 12¢ Drake's Plantation Bitters Extremely Fine.
Numerical grade: 70case.75stamp.75mica. = 220 The case is a nice medium brass color with little red highlights toward the outer edge. The stamp is fresh and decently centered, although it is a touch to the right. The mica is clear, with nothing but a few minor natural marks at its periphery. Twelve Cent Drake's are rare, rated as an R-8 by Reed (five to ten known.) The Hodder-Bowers reference states, "The 12¢ denomination is very rare, and between four and six specimens are thought to survive today." We suspect the number is six or seven. Few if any are nicer than this handsome piece. Mr. Mayer acquired it from the February 1987 Siegel sale.
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