Lot 381 France SC#44 20c Light Blue Type II On Cover, 24th Of Obscured Month, 1871, A Nice Example, 2022 Scott Classic Cat. $60 USD
An example of a 20c light blue on cover, dated the 24th of some month in 1871. Type II, 2nd transfer with no white line above head. A nice example, 2022 Scott Classic Cat. $60.
Early classic French issues are valued in Scott Classic at the grade of very fine, which is a stamp with 4 clear margins and no faults. The paper on these issues is very prone to thinning, and shallow thins reduce the grade by one grade. Stamps with close margins are fine, provided there are no other faults. Stamps where the margins cut into the design on one side are VG at best, while on 2 sides are at best good. Fair stamps generally will have faults on top of having margins that cut into the design. Ungraded lots will generally be of lower quality than VG, often being good and fair. In terms of valuation, we estimate fine at 50% of cat., and VG and 25%. Good is estimated at 12%, while fair and ungraded is figured at 5% of catalogue.