1863 2¢ - #73 (The Black Jack)
2¢ - Black, gray black or intense black
256,000,000 - Scott #73 - 1863
No postmark with gum (MH): $75-$150
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $400-$750
The centering of this design and the 1866 15c were some of the worst in all of the 19thC issues, as
the designs were probably too large for the area of the stamp. Copies with the design clear
of the perforations on all four sides sell at a premium.
#73 showing the "Atherton Shift"
2¢ - Black
Printed on both sides (inversed)
Scott #73f - 1863