France: 1853-61, 1 franc carmine, an unused tête-bêche pair.
Printer: Anatole A. Hulot
Medium: Surface printed
Louis Napoleon became Emperor Napoleon III in 1852 and his head appears on the stamps of the 1853-61 series.
Many of the early stamps of France exist where one of the impressions is upside-down in relation to those next to it or tête-bechê. These tête-bechê varieties are something of a mystery as it is not known why the plate maker and printer, Anatole A Hulot, produced them in this way.
This 1 franc carmine tête-bechê pair is one of the great rarities of French philately.