Rogdcam, I love the 247 you posted. The engraver (and the great scan) seems to have captured through the smile and eyes some aspect of Franklin's personality I've not seen elsewhere but perhaps in a biography.
In today's mail I received a pair of United States #368.
Toward some of Shermae's queries....
Lacking any #368 I needed one, and for imperforates and coils I generally prefer pairs. Given this one would be at the top of an album page, above a #371 imperf with some selvage showing the BEP marking, and in turn above a #373 imperf pair, I reasoned that to look right, the #368 had to hold up so it definitely had to be a pair.
Didn't want to pay too much - who does -- but I wanted to get it done so I compared prices for pairs on Hipstamp and eBay
for a few minutes and then went for a pair with good margins all round on Hipstamp. Less than some others I saw which had other aesthetic flaws in my eyes, so I thought I did okay. Most of the time I am purchaising in the F/VF area but in this case the grading by the seller was VF/XF, which I thought fair. It seemed nicer than others more expensive.
Nothing glorious like some of Rogdcam's exemplars, which I find inspiring actually, but it looks good on the album page.
Now I have to replace my used #367, a boyhood placeholder.
And I will want to address my lack of a #369 for which I see I need to familiarize myself with "bluish" paper -- color issues which command a premium get my antennae up....
edited to add grading info and correct a Scott #