DescriptionHB-28 EP-4a 1¢ Ayer's Sarsaparilla Medium Ayer's Choice About New.
An incredibly high-grade example of this common Encasement. The Reed book lists it as an R-1, indicating over 100 known, and his auction-records census indicates 257 offerings in his 104-year survey period. This piece is one of the finest in existence. The Stack's June 2004 piece brought a runaway $1725 price based on its grade. The Mayer piece, which was even nicer, topped $2000. This piece is is just a hair below those two in quality. All three examples are virtually fully silvered on the back, but the Stack's piece was lightly cleaned on the front. This piece has no silver on the front, but is fully silvered on the back. It also has a crystal clear, virtually flawless mica and a beautifully fresh stamp. About as close to fully uncirculated as any piece of Encased Postage we have seen. A very common example, but meaningfully rare this nice.
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