Sale Number: 1021
|187|| 12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Block of four, original gum, small h.r., intense shade, right stamps faint natural gum bend, top right stamp tiny thin speck
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1857 12-CENT FROM PLATE ONE, SCOTT 36. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST MULTIPLE KNOWN.
For some reason, the 12c 1857 Plate One used multiples are larger than the unused multiples. A used block of 28 is believed to be the largest. An unused block of eight was reported by Neinken but has not been seen nor shown in any literature, and it might have been broken. Blocks of four are the largest reported unused multiples, and most have faults. The example offered here, with decent centering and a small flaw which is not readily apparent, should be considered highly desirable. (Image Magnifier)
|188||12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Two pairs originally forming a block of four, disturbed original gum, intense shade and impression, Very Fine, scarce multiples of the 12c from Plate 3, Scott Retail as two pairs (Image Magnifier)||1,100|
|189|| 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Block of 16, unused (no gum), position 10 of the block with significant double transfer which is especially evident at top and bottom, intense shade and impression, perf separations sensibly reinforced where split vertically at center, top left stamp perf flaws at upper left, light vertical crease affects left stamps
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED BLOCK OF 16 OF THE 1857 12-CENT FROM PLATE THREE, SCOTT 36B.
Scott Retail as no gum singles with no premium for the multiple or double transfer position. (Image Magnifier)
|190|| 24c Gray Lilac (37). Block of four, original gum, h.r., bright color, few minor perf separations at left sensibly reinforced, tiny gum soak between bottom stamps
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
Perhaps 20 to 30 unused multiples still survive. (Image Magnifier)
|191||24c Lilac, Imperforate (37c). Without gum as issued, large to huge margins incl. sheet margin at top, intense shade, internal tear at top entirely outside of margin (could be trimmed leaving large margin), otherwise Very Fine, "W.H.C." Colson backstamp barely shows thru (Image Magnifier)||475|
|192||30c Orange (38). Unused (no gum), vibrant color, choice centering for this difficult issue, fresh and Very Fine, a pretty stamp (Image Magnifier)||700|
|193|| 30c Orange (38). Block of four, original gum, h.r., radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, few minor internal perf separations affect top stamps
FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
This block clearly demonstrates why it is so difficult to find this issue with choice centering. The narrow space between subjects on the plate makes it almost impossible for the perforations to clear the design on all four sides. (Image Magnifier)
|194|| 30c Orange (38). Block of twelve, original gum, three stamps Mint N.H. (postions 5-6 and 8), others mostly h.r. incl. few spots where perf separations sensibly reinforced, small areas of gum loss at bottom where possibly tiny thin, bottom left stamp few short perfs at bottom
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF TWELVE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLES IN EXISTENCE. A WONDERFUL RARITY.
The largest recorded unused multiple is a block of 21 (ex Caspary, Bechtel and Zoellner), followed by a block of 16 (ex Caspary and Lilly). The block offered here is the next-largest unused multiple, followed by a block of nine and a block of eight. None of the two larger multiples contain any Mint N.H. stamps (two are reported in the block of eight).
Ex Col. Green. Scott Retail as two blocks of four and two pairs with no premium for the three Mint N.H. stamps. (Image Magnifier)
|195||90c Blue (39). Unused (regummed), rich color, Very Fine (Image Magnifier)||650|
|196|| 90c Blue (39). Block of four, unused (no gum), rich color on bright paper, few perfs trimmed at right
A FINE-CENTERED AND SCARCE UNUSED BLOCK OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. Most unused multiples probably come from supplies recovered from Southern post offices.
Scott Retail for a block with original gum is $75,000.00 (Image Magnifier)
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