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    HB-7 EP-60 Scott-4 Reed-AC05SA 5¢ Ayer's Cathartic Pills Short Arrows Extremely Fine.
    Numerical grade: 75case.75stamp.60mica. = 210

    The Five Cent Ayer's Cathartic Pills pieces, both long and short arrows, are considerably scarcer than most collectors realize. In fact, all Ayer's Cathartic Pills above the Three Cent denomination are quite rare. Reed rates this piece as an R-7, indicating eleven to fifteen known, and we believe the number to been much closer to the eleven than the fifteen. Reed's auction records, which include re-appearances of the same piece, show 31 offerings in 104 years, compared to 133 for the Three Cent. This piece is a nice example, with a high-grade case that is even-tan at its middle and heavily toned at its outer edge. The stamp is well centered and fresh, and the mica problem-free save for an as-made line near the bottom of the stamp.
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
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