Sale Number: 863
Sale Date:
2003 Rarities of the World

1861-66 Issue (Scott 72 to 78a)
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
319 og 90c Blue (72). Original gum, brilliant color and crisp impression on bright paper, almost perfect centering with wide margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION.

Ex Drucker. With 1981, 1987 and 2002 P.F. certificates. (Image Magnifier)

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3,250 7,000
321 bl 90c Blue (72). Block of six, fresh and bright color, neat strikes of circle of V's cancels, right stamps with dramatic pre-printing paperfold which is especially evident on top right stamp, few small faults along top edge

FINE APPEARING BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE. USED MULTIPLES OF THIS STAMP ARE SCARCE.

Ex Hanschen. Scott Retail as block of four and pair. (Image Magnifier)

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5,200 2,900
322 c 2c Black (73). Cancelled by quartered cork on unsealed illustrated Providence Conference Seminary cover to N. Canton Conn., faint strike of circular datestamp at top right, stamp with small corner crease at top right ending in tiny tear, cover with small tear and toned spot at left, otherwise Very Fine, a spectacular illustrated advertising cover with the Black Jack issue, with 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 1,300
323 og 5c Red Brown (75). Original gum, incredibly vibrant color and proof-like impression on brilliant paper, choice centering

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 ISSUE IN THE RED BROWN SHADE. A STAMP OF PHENOMENAL COLOR AND BEAUTY.

This stamp is very scarce in original-gum condition. The brilliant paper and incredibly vibrant color of this stamp are found only on a few examples, probably originating from the same multiple.

With 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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4,750 4,250
324 og 5c Brown (76). Original gum, intense color and proof-like impression, remarkably fresh paper with long full perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT BROWN. A SUPERB STAMP.

The 5c 1861-68 Issue was printed from plates with closely-spaced subjects that left little room for the large 12-gauge perforations. The Brown shade, No. 76, is scarce in original-gum condition, and truly rare in this high grade.

With 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,350 1,700
325 og 5c Dark Brown (76 var). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color in the true dark brown shade, remarkably fresh paper with intact perfs at left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT IN THE HIGHLY DESIRABLE DARK BROWN SHADE. A SUPERB STAMP.

The regular Brown shade is scarce in original-gum condition, and truly rare in the Dark Brown shade and in this superior condition.

With 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,350 2,800
326 og 15c Black (77). Original gum, extraordinary margins and centering, fine impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS FOR RARE SHADES, THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN COULD WELL BE THE RAREST OF THE 1861-66 SERIES IN CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

In our catalogue descriptions, we have emphasized the rarity of 1861-66 stamps in choice original-gum condition. With the exception of the rare 5c and 24c shades, our experience shows that the 15c Black is the most difficult stamp to obtain in sound, choice original-gum condition. It is most often found without gum or disturbed gum, or the fully-gummed examples are off center. The block of six (straight edge at left), ex Caspary, Lilly and Ishikawa, is well-centered with original gum, but our search of numerous other major auction sales produced few other examples apart from the block. Therefore, this stamp could be the rarest face-different design of the 1861-66 series in choice original-gum condition.

With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,500 4,750
327 og 24c Lilac (78). Original gum, unusually well-centered, attractive deep shade and proof-like impression on bright fresh paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. LIKE THE OTHER HIGH DENOMINATION 1861 ISSUES, THE 24-CENT 1861-63 ISSUE IS EXTREMELY RARE IN SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL GUM CONDITION. A FAR GREATER CHALLENGE TO ACQUIRE IN THIS GRADE THAN MANY COLLECTORS REALIZE.

Scott values, which are influenced by the quantity of poorly centered copies extant, are irrelevant in the current market for original-gum classics.

With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,400 2,400
328 ogbl 24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color in the true Grayish Lilac shade, detailed impression, remarkably well-centered, very fresh and intact

EXTREMELY FINE GEM ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT GRAYISH LILAC. A RARE BLOCK IN THE FINEST CONDITION WITH OUTSTANDING COLOR AND FRESHNESS.

The 24c Grayish Lilac is an incredibly rare stamp in choice original-gum condition. Most of the remaining well-centered sound blocks have been broken for singles, This block is an extremely rare exception. Very few multiples of this issue in this quality remain.

With 2002 P.F. certificate for block of nine, this being the bottom right corner block (Image Magnifier)

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6,250 15,500
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