Solid Silver Stamp Of Hawaii 1851 Two-cent Missionary
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Solid Silver Stamp Of Hawaii 1851 Two-cent Missionary:
For your consideration is a stunning SOLID SILVER STAMP, in rare MINT condition, based on the original issued within HAWAII during c1851. This beautifully crafted "TWO-CENT MISSIONARY", exacted to the finest exquisite detail and measuring 13mm x 10mm, is one of the greatest stamps of the world and a wonderful collectors item or gift for a STAMP or SILVER enthusiast. These stamps have been nicknamed "Missionaries” by stamp collectors because they are nearly always found on correspondence from American missionaries in Hawaii to their friends back in the United States. This stamp was printed in a soft, peculiarly metallic blue ink on a paper so thin that specimens off cover are almost always damaged in some manner. The two-cent stamp paid the postage rate on newspapers and other printed matter sent to the United States. It was not widely used, and newspaper wrappers, having no sentimental or record value, were usually discarded. Thus the two-cent Missionary ranks as one of the world's greatest rarities. Only 15 copies of this stamp are currently recorded. Two are in the Tolping collection in the British Museum, and three are in the Hawaiian Postal Museum. The remaining stamps are in private collections. In 1903 an envelope bearing two-cent and five-cent Missionaries, as well as a pair of 1851 US three-cent stamps, was found among papers to be burned in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This envelope, the most important find in Hawaiian philately, displays the only copy of the two-cent Missionary known on cover. Two specimens of this rare stamp sold for $230,000 and $210,000 respectively in the Sotheby Parke Bernet Stamp sale Company's 1980 sale. Please take the time to view my other collectables - you won't be disappointed. Low Starting Price with so Good Luck and Happy offerding!