Sale Number: 1025
Sale Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
2012 Rarities of the World

1851-56 Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
71°   1c Blue, Ty. I (5). Position 7R1E, clear margins at sides, cut in at top and bottom but still can be plated to Position 7R1E, deep rich color, bold strike of blue Philadelphia (Nov. 5) circular datestamp

POSITION 7R1E -- THE SEVENTH STAMP IN THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE 1 EARLY -- IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE 1,000 POSITIONS USED TO PRINT IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STAMPS THAT SHOWS THE COMPLETE DESIGN (TYPE I). A GREAT RARITY.

The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal contains at least 98 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills.

Wagshal Census No. 5-CAN-046. Illustrated in the census as part of a strip of three on cover with a red star carrier marking. Ex Fortgang. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (F 70) (Image Magnifier)

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75,000 28,000
72   1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Positions 2-3L4, horizontal pair, large to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at left, deep rich color, neat strikes of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE USED MULTIPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM THE TOP ROW OF PLATE 4.

Ex Vogel. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; unpriced as a pair in SMQ) (Image Magnifier)

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2,300 2,900
73°   1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8). Positions 99-100R2, horizontal pair, left stamp Type III, right stamp Type IIIa, large margins to just in including part of adjoining stamps at top and left, deep rich color, light strikes of circular datestamp, creases affect both stamps, right stamp small thin spot

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2, WHICH FURNISHED THE BEST EXAMPLE OF TYPE III. IT IS ESPECIALY DESIRABLE IN A PAIR WITH THE TYPE IIIa STAMP, AS THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO POSITIONS ON PLATE 2 WHICH WERE NOT TYPE II.

Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, "The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased... The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines." (p. 184).

Plate 2 consists of 98 Type II positions. The only two stamps on the plate to yield other types are the positions offered here.

With 1956 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced as a pair from Plate 2. Scott Retail as singles. (Image Magnifier)

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13,600 2,000
74   1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Plate 4, large even margins all around, deep rich color and detailed impression showing clear breaks at both top and bottom (the characteristic of the type), light strike of circular datestamp cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. This stamp is notable both for its overall condition and also for the clear breaks which are evident at both top and bottom.

Ex Tahoe. P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,500.00). Only three have graded higher to date. (Image Magnifier)

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3,000 8,000
75   1c Blue, Ty. II-II-IIIa (7-7-8A). Positions 98-100L1E, horizontal strip of three, Position 100L1E with small break in outer line at top (Type IIIa) and right interpane margin showing trace of centerline, ample to large margins at top and bottom, just barely in at left, bright shade complemented by three strikes of red "Paid 3" in circle cancel, crease and tiny tear in stamp at left, toned spots

AN EXTRAORDINARY ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE MULTIPLE FROM PLATE ONE EARLY, COMBINING FOUR ELEMENTS OF RARITY INTO A VISUALLY STUNNING PIECE.

The confluence of rare elements in this one strip is astounding. Sheet-margin multiples are rare. Those showing part of the centerline are rarer. Those with unusual cancellations are even rarer. Finally, any example of Position 100R from Plate 1 Early that has the break in the outer line at top is exceedingly rare (see Neinken book, page 73). To have a strip that combines all four elements of rarity into one defies the odds.

Ex Neinken and Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 2,200
76   1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 1E, huge margins all around, brilliant color on bright paper nicely complemented by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 11" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Type IIIa is defined as having a break in outer lines at either top or bottom. The example offered here, which clearly shows the bottom line complete and top line with wide break, is a superb example of the type.

With 1998 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $9,800.00). Only one has graded higher to date (at 98J) and only three others share this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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1,150 7,000
77   1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Position 80L1E, large to huge margins with interpane margin at right and part of the adjoining stamp at left, the distinctive Powder Blue shade of Plate 1 Early printings, New York circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT LARGE-MARGINED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. VERY RARE IN THIS SUPERB QUALITY.

Ex Roland Anderson and Buck. With 1984 P.F. certificate for horizontal strip of three (right stamp) and 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $4,750.00 as 95, $9,800.00 as 98). Only five have graded higher to date (highest is 98J) and none shares this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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1,100 3,250
78 og 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 99R1L, recut once at top, original gum, lightly hinged, huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamps at sides, dark shade

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IV.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,875.00 as 95, $6,000.00 as 98). Only three have graded higher to date and only two others share this grade (Image Magnifier)

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750 2,300
79 og 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Horizontal pair, left stamp Mint N.H., right stamp lightly hinged, large margins including parts of four adjoining stamps at top and bottom, radiant color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV, WITH THE LEFT STAMP IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; unpriced as a pair in SMQ). Scott Retail as hinged (Image Magnifier)

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1,650 4,250
80 Pbl 3c Red, Ty. I, Plate Proof on India, Brush Stroke Obliteration (11P3). Block of four, large margins to clear, rich color on bright paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE BLOCK OF FOUR FROM THE ORIGINAL PROOF SHEETS SENT IN 1854 FROM TOPPAN, CARPENTER & COMPANY TO GREAT BRITAIN FOR USE IN EARLY EXPERIMENTS TO PERFORATE UNITED STATES STAMPS.

In 1854 complete sheets of 200 3c India proofs from Plate 4 were sent by Toppan, Carpenter to Bemrose and Perkins Bacon in England for a perforating experiment. Each firm received left and right panes. All of the proofs were cancelled with brush strokes to prevent use as postage. (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 5,750
81° c 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Position 21R2L with large interpane margin and centerline at left, gorgeous vivid color, tied by neatly struck green "Thorndike Ms. Sep. ?" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Winchendon Mass., Extremely Fine, a superb combination of margins, color and cancel on a fresh cover, with 1988 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 2,600
82 c 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A). Horizontal pair, margins just clear to large including portions of adjoining stamps at top, cancelled by New York "STEAM/SHIP" two-line handstamp with outstanding strike of "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS." two-line framed handstamp on cover to Swan's Island Me., backstamped with blue oval "Supplied from J.W. Sullivan's Newspaper Office, Next Door to the Post Office, Kearney St. San Francisco" handstamp, left stamp with tiny tear, cover edges with some minor wear and age spots, Fine cover with Extremely Fine markings, ex White, Emerson, Knapp and Grunin, with 1989 R.P.S. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 1,700
83° TC 10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (13TC1). On 62 x 77mm card with full die sinkage, showing layout lines from the die

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF FOR THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE. EXTREMELY DESIRABLE SHOWING THE FULL DIE SINKAGE AREA.

The 10c trial color proofs are only known in Black. We have sold several in the past, but most are either trimmed to stamp size or do not show the die sinkage area.

Ex Finkelburg. (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 0
84   10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 3R1, recut at top, the misplaced relief position showing breaks in lines above each "X", huge margins, incredible depth of color and detailed impression, cancelled by face-free town datestamp (basically just the outer rim of the cancelling device)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE TYPE IV 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE FROM THE MISPLACED RELIEF POSITION -- THE ONLY RECUT POSITION ON THE RIGHT PANE OF THE PLATE.

The first 10c plate of 200 (left and right panes of 100) was laid down using a three-subject transfer roll with relief types A, B and C. The C Relief was used only for the bottom row (all Type I design). The A Relief (Type II design) was used to enter the entire second row, and the B Relief (Type III design) was used for the third row. This A/B alternating relief pattern was followed consistently for the fourth through ninth rows. The top row was entered with the A Relief, except for three positions: Positions 1 and 2 in the left pane, and Position 3 in the right pane. These “misplaced reliefs” are B Reliefs, and Positions 1L and 2L are Type III designs, while Position 3R was recut (Type IV).

Position 3R1, one of the three misplaced relief positions on the plate, is also one of eight recut (Type IV) positions and the only recut position on the entire right pane of the plate.

With 1976 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,650 4,250
85   12c Black (17). Huge margins including sheet margin at left and part of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, bright shade and crisp impression, bold strike of blue Philadelphia circular datestamp.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A WONDERFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, WITH A SHEET MARGIN AT LEFT, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,900.00) (Image Magnifier)

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290 1,900
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