DescriptionHB-59 EP-139 Scott-30 Reed-BA12F/G 12¢ Joseph L. Bates Fancy Goods Extremely Fine.
Numerical grade: 70case.70stamp.75mica. = 215 Fred Reed considers this 12¢ Bates to be an R-9, indicating two to four known. We are aware of four. This piece has very high grade case, with a light center and dark outer edges. The face of the case is splotchy but primarily dark. The stamp is very well centered but somewhat faded. The mica has a few surface marks, but it is above average and quite clear.
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