Notes from the Past

1869, Inverted Center Proofs

The four higher, bicolored values or the 1869 issue, exist and are listed with centers inverted, in cardboard proof form.  The four proofs were deliberately made and the set includes the 90 Lincoln, with medallion inverted, which as an error was never discovered in the issued stamps.

There was, it is understood, a sheet of each, and the lot was, I believe, originally obtained many years ago by the late J. K. Petrie, an old time New Jersey dealer.  In the course of time, the sheets eventually passed into the collection of the late Earl of Crawford, world renowned British collector.  Following his death, the Crawford collection was dispersed and the sheets of the inverts were broken up and distributed.

These invert proofs were formerly priced at $60 per stamp in Scott's U. S. Catalog, and have been advanced to $75 each in the forthcoming 1937 edition.  

- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
January 16, 1937

Posted September 26, 1999

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