Black, gray black, intense black
Printing Method: Engraved
Printer: Toppan, Carpenter & Co.
Subject: George Washington
Number issued: Unknown
Scott #: 36B
Issued: December 3rd, 1859
$30 - $90
No postmark with gum (MH)
$175 - $800
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
The double frameline can be seen on the right margin
This stamp typically was used most commonly for mail to Great Britain, as a pair, for double rate domestic mail over 3,000 miles (example shown above) or for quadruple rate mail under 3,000 miles.
The second largest known multiple, a block of 50, half a pane.
Vertical imperforate in between
Three known examples
Value $4,000 - $6,750
The imprint was on the left side and right side of the sheet of stamps
The 12¢ portrait of George Washington differs slightly from the 10¢ portrait as it was based off Durand's engraving (shown above) and not the original painting. The result was a more clearly defined portrait. The 10¢ portrait is more faithful to the original, keeping more of the 'wood teeth' smile that Gilbert captured so well.
Plate proof on India
Plate proof on stamp paper