The colors of the paper on which the NY Provisional was printed include bluish-white, gray and blue. Bluish-white accounts for perhaps 95% of all stamps. The others – blue and gray – are believed to have come from the last printing of 100 sheets which was delivered on January 7, 1847. All known blue and gray paper covers are postmarked after that date. The blue paper variety is a hard paper of medium thickness. It is estimated that 40-50 examples of this variety exist, which includes 14 copies on 12 covers. There are four known pairs, of which this is the finest example.
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