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Look for elusive Confederate States 1862 Jefferson stamp

The Confederate States of America was established Feb. 8, 1861, in Montgomery, Ala. The seven original states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas were eventually joined by Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Confederacy came to an end May 9, 1865, after four years of bloody Civil War in which about 620,000 Americans died. Many hundreds of thousands more were wounded and maimed. Union victory in the war left the United States intact, if not exactly reunited, and brought about the end of slavery in the United States.

During its brief existence, the Confederacy produced 14 general issue postage stamps, although one, the 1¢ orange John C. Calhoun stamp (Scott 14) was never placed in use.

Forever Stamps

The imperforate lithographed 10¢ rose Thomas Jefferson stamp issued March 1862 (Scott 5) was printed by Hoyer & Ludwig, using the same stone that was used for the 10¢ blue Thomas Jefferson stamp (Scott 2) printed by Hoyer & Ludwig and issued the previous year.

The Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the 10¢ rose Thomas Jefferson stamp at $400 in very fine grade and used condition.

The stamp is surprisingly elusive in very fine grade and used condition, and it is a very good buy at the Scott catalog value of $400. Even decent appearing four-margin examples with small faults bring a high percentage of catalog value.

The Scott Specialized U.S. catalog lists lots of printing varieties and shades to study.

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