DescriptionHB-117 EP-44 Scott-85 Reed-EV03 3¢ G.G. Evans Extremely Fine.
Numerical grade: 75case.75stamp.50mica. = 200 A handsome Evans piece and a rare one at that. The case is a high-end XF with a nice natural color and no problems whatsoever. The stamp is well centered and fresh. The mica is substantially clear, although it has two cracks and some crazing at the bottom. The mica has a slightly "pushed in" appearance at the bottom, which is very typical for Evans pieces, as they lack the cardboard behind the stamp. Reed considers this to be an R-7, the same as the One Cent piece. In our opinion, these 3¢ Evans are quite a bit scarcer than the One Cent. Reed's auction census indicates comparable rarity (One Cent = 53 appearances; Three Cent = 48 appearances), yet Three Cent pieces are rarely seen. The Hodder-Bowers book believes about 20 One Cent examples exist, but that the 3¢ is represented by "Fewer than ten, probably around six." We tend to believe the Hodder-Bowers reference to be the closer to accurate in this instance. The piece offered here was acquired from the February 1969 Stack's sale.
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