If these perforated examples are a problem, someone please send me a private note. I am just assuming that they are close enough to the intent of this thread to be acceptable.
Plate 5 in its late state developed a crack at the bottom of the left pane. It shows up in position 84 & 94.
On Page 54, Chase describes this crack and provides an image depicting it:
"The most marked of the four major cracks on plate 5(L) starts at the bottom of the plate and runs up across the right side of 94L5(L) and 84L5(L), and shows slightly on the lower right corner of 74L5 (L) (see Figure 34). This crack became slightly worse as time went on, being noticeably plainer on the perforated stamps than on the earliest printings."
On page 199, Chase discusses Plate 5 L as follows:
"PLATE 5 (LATE)
"This state of the plate came into existence late in the year 1855, perhaps about the first of September, the earliest date of use I have no ted being September 3,1855. The plate was probably used continuously, or almost so, until the perforation of stamps began February 24, 1857, and for a very short period after that. By this time the strongest crack had probably become so bad that the plate was permanently discarded."
"I figure that approximately 20,569,800 stamps (102,849 impressions) were printed from this plate and issued imperforate while 581,300 (2,906 impressions) were issued perforated. Imperforate stamps from this plate are moderately scarce,
as it was used less than any other plate excepting plate 8, and a very few plates or states of plates in use only in 1851. I have been able to reconstruct it completely."
"Perforated, they are decidedly rare, although a bit more common than the perforated stamps from plates 2(L) and 3. The plate never showed any signs of wear."
Scott's #25 & #25A were basically the first perforation attempts (1857) on the 3c Washington stamps. They discovered that the plates did not have adequate spacing to allow for perforations and the plates were soon revised to provide more space. These new plates created the very similar designs of Scott's #26A & #26.
Because of the short usage of these plates for perforated stamps, they are quite scarce.
Some plates more-so than others.
CHASE's Estimate of Scott #25A Issue Quantity by Plate:
Plate 2L - 2,423 impressions (484,500 stamps)
Plate 3 - 2,423 impressions (484,500 stamps)
Plate 5L - 2,906 impressions (581,300 stamps)
You can compare these numbers to the perforated #25 -
CHASE's Estimates of Scott #25 Issue Quantity by Plate:
Plate 4 - 38,756 impressions (7,751,200 perforated stamps)
Plate 6 - 38,756 impressions (7,751,200 perforated stamps)
Plate 7 - 77,512 impressions (15,502,500 perforated stamps)
Plate 8 - 31,005 impressions (6,201,000 perforated stamps)
A normal #25 (inner lines not recut) is listed in Scott's Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps with a value of $190.
A normal #25A (inner lines recut) is listed at $900.
Scott's provides a note for these early perforated varieties:
"No. 25A is valued in the grade of fine with perforation touching or cutting slightly on 1 or 2 sides."
While plate 5 Late produced over half a million perforated stamps with its 2,906 impressions, the reality is that this only leaves 2,906 of any particular position being produced.
I don't know what the survival rate was for these cracked plate varieties, but from 1857 until 2022 is 165 years. That is a long time for these fragile pieces of paper to be kept.
The crack is plainly visible in these examples.
As always, from the collection of Stanly M. Shepp.