The United States issues of 1861-1868 are a fascinating and widely studied area of philately. All too often I see the 1861 3c rose (Scott #65) being offered as the 3c pink (#64) or the 3c rose pink (#64b)! The 3c rose issue only has a catalogue value of $3.00 while the 3c pink issue has a catalogue value of $850.00! Big difference! Only about 100,000 copies of all three pink shades were printed while 1.8 billion copies of the 3c rose were printed. A good cheap reference copy to keep as an example of the “true” pink color is Scott #248 the 1894 2c pink Washington issue. This particular stamp will give you a good idea of the true pink color. As you can see in the images below Scott #64 is truly pink and has no hints of rose .
Pictured here is the 1861 3c rose pink variety. Notice that the color is still pink, but with just a slight hint of rose.
Pictured below is the common 1861 3c rose (Scott #65). Some of these stamps do have a hint of pink and are offered as #64 or #64b.
Before purchasing any of the pink shades it would be a wise idea to contact the seller and ask if they allow time for you to have your stamp certified. I do recommend having the pink shades certified by a qualified expert.All the stamps shown above are certified copies of the shades stated. I hope this guide will help when you are considering purchasing one of the pink shades of the 1861-68 3c issues.
#64a Pigeon blood pink #66 Lake
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