The stamp is in great condition, and the brass case has survived very well. It may have only been worth three cents back then, but it's worth quite a bit more now.



  • Fact 1: The case made to hold this stamp was designed by John Gault in 1862, who sold the cases to stores and individuals for a profit.
  • Fact 2: John Gault also stamped the back of his coin case with advertising, charging companies $.02 per case for an ad.
  • Fact 3: This stamp is part of a new series issued by the Union in 1861, in order to devalue stamps currently circulating in the newly-created Confederate States of America.
  • Fact 4: The cost of mailing a letter in 1861 was three cents.
  • Fact 5: Stamps were used as currency during the Civil War due to declining confidence in the United States dollar, a coin shortage, and the fact that the lowest denomination of paper money was $5.