Printing Method: Die-to-relief-to-plate transfer process
Printer: Toppan, Carpenter & Co.
Subject: Thomas Jefferson
Number issued: 25,000
Perforations: 15 to 15½
Scott #: 28A
Earliest Date of Use: March 31st, 1858
$1,600 - $5,000 (four margins)
$1,000 - $1,600 (three margins)
No postmark with gum (MH)
$90,000 - $120,000 (four margins)
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
No sales recorded
Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826
painted by Rembrandt Peale 1778-1860
Painted in 1800 when Jefferson was 57
Located at the White House
I have been unable to find any examples with an imprint
The largest known number of #28A on cover
#28A is nearly always found in multiples, here is a rare example of a single on cover.
The Indian red shade is the least common of the 5¢ perforated shades used. It is believed some of the plates from the imperforate issue were still useable and the Indian red shade (#28A) printed with these plates, probably the 1856 plates.