1869 30c pictorial issue stamp beats estimate by 600%

An 1869 30c ultramarine and carmine pictorial issue stamp made $35,000 at Robert A Siegel in New York on April 7.

US 1869 pictorial
The 1869 30c is one of the three finest known

It exceeded an estimate of $5,000 by 600%, providing the highlight of the first instalment of the Hanover Collection of Superb-Quality US Stamps sale.

The stamp is graded XF-Superb 95 by the Philatelic Foundation and is one of the finest three specimens of its type.

The pictorial issue was introduced under the administration of Ulysses S Grant and was the first official US series to display images other than former statesmen.

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