3c bronze definitive stamp was released by Spain on January 1, 1853. All the items within this issue are typographed, unwatermarked and imperforate. The stamp features the Coat of Arms of Madrid (a bear sable supported on a strawberry tree vert fructed gules) and was only valid for local-postage within the city of Madrid. Nowadays 1853 3c bronze stamp is considered as one of the most impressive classic stamps of Spain that misses from even the richest philatelic collections. The unused example of this item in a very fine condition, featuring rich colours, was offered by Cherrystone in September, 2012. The estimated price for this lot was $19,000, but it only managed to fetch $8,500.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021