The 1851/1857 1¢ Franklin
IDENTIFYING THIS STAMP
This stamp is not easy to identify. If it has no perforations then most likely you have number 7 or number 9, or one of these. If it has perforations then most likely you have number 24 or one of these.
For further guidance ther is a guide on how to identify the correct number which can be accessed by clicking here .
VALUING THE STAMP
The value is quite dependent on how well it was cut. If you see the design clear of the edges on all four sides then you have a more valuable stamp. If, on the other hand the stamp was cut a third of the way into the design, the value will be less.
THE RARE REPRINTS
This stamp was reprinted on hard white paper in a distinctive shade of blue (shown above) in 1875 and it can be found by clicking here. The odds of finding one are very slim and they require a certificate to verify its idenity.