Auction Closing: July 24, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Lot Number: 212
Estimate Range: $6,000 - $8,000
“Key” Rarity-9 Twelve Cents “Brown's Bronchial Troches” Original Silvering & One of Two Traced Examples Known

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EP-140, HB-66, S-35, Reed-BT12. Twelve Cents. BROWN’S BRONCHIAL TROCHES. Plain Frame. Original Silvering. About New.

Rated as Rarity-9 (2 to 4 known) according to Fred Reed. An amazing rarity. One of Two Known and confirmed the Finest Known Existent. This is the only example of a Twelve Cent, “Brown's Bronchial Troches” Encased Postage Stamp which we have offered. This cataloger could only trace where 17 years ago the Stack's John J. Ford, Jr. Collection sale, of June 2004 contained a single example, Lot 418 which sold for $4,600 at that time, we have seen no others but for this current example. Only the Ex: Ford example and this current offering are confirmed as two known existing examples of Fr. EP-140. On the reverse case and legends a significant amount of original Silvering remains. The black George Washington 12 cent stamp appears fresh and impressively bold, being well centered just a hair to the right. The mica is choice, crystal clear having one trivial natural lamination stress point near the top rim edge. The case is golden-chestnut in color where not coated by the original Silvering, the obverse moons and rim frame holding some satiny luster with some faint hairlines from light circulation. A distinctive “key” Encased Postage Stamp major rarity. Of interest, both this current example and the 2004 Ford Collection piece were both graded “About Uncirculated.” Between the Two Known Brown's Bronchial Troches Twelve Cents specimens, we feel that the original Silvering present on the currently offered example should arguably qualify it to be crowned “Finest” known.