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

1857-60 Issue and Reprints
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
86   1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Bottom row F Relief position, remarkably choice centering with perfs almost entirely clear of the bottom plumes, deep rich color, light strike of blue circular datestamp, bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.

Type Ia, imperforate and perforated, only comes from 18 positions in the bottom rows of the right and left panes of Plate 4. Due to difficulties in perforating sheets from Plate 4, many examples of Type Ia have perforations cutting into the design at bottom, which destroys the defining characteristic of the type. The example offered here, with choice centering and showing the full design, is very rare.

With 2012 P.F. certificate. (Image Magnifier)

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10,000 12,500
87 c 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 97R4, spectacular deep rich color and proof-like impression on fresh paper, centered slightly right but with the key design elements showing at top and bottom, tied by perfectly struck "Boston Mass. 7 Sep." circular datestamp on small 1857 Academy of Arts and Sciences circular to Cambridge, light central file fold does not affect stamp

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia ON A SMALL FRESH FOLDED CIRCULAR.

Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Most examples on cover are either off-center, have small faults or are used with other stamps. The example offered here, a choice single on a pristine circular, is a condition rarity.

The earliest documented use of a Scott 19 is September 7, 1857, if the August 1 cover without a yeardate is excluded (see footnote in Scott Catalogue). This predates the September 9 EDU (Image Magnifier)

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12,000 5,000
88 og 1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Plate 11, T Relief, original gum, lightly hinged, pretty shade, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE 11.

Relief T, used only for the top row of Plate 11, has the complete design at top, and those positions produced what Ashbrook and Neinken called "perfect" examples of Type II.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $2,600.00 for Plates 2 or 12). SMQ does not price this from Plate 11; Scott Catalogue price from Plate 11 is almost double that from Plate 2. (Image Magnifier)

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1,750 3,750
89   1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 4, double transfer, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually choice centering, neat strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa.

This stamp shows a clear break at top and a complete outer line at bottom. Due to the narrow spacing, the type characteristics are not always as clearly visible as in the example offered here.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,600.00) (Image Magnifier)

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550 1,300
90 bl 3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A). Positions 78-79/88-89L11, block of four, clear centered strike of "West Bend Wis. Apr. 16" balloon-style circular datestamp, minor bend and wrinkle, few minor perf flaws, otherwise Very Fine, an attractively-cancelled and very scarce block of four of this better type, we found only one other block of the 3c Ty. IV in Power Search, which coincidentally comes from the same plate positions as this block (Image Magnifier)

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2,300 2,000
91 S 5c Brown, Ty. II, Specimen Ovpt. (30A-SA). Original gum, h.r., deep rich color and attractively centered, Very Fine and exceedingly rare, the consignor purchased this stamp at auction in 1985, described as "unlisted", some 27 years later it still remains unlisted (the 5c Orange Brown shade is listed), with 1979 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 1,600
92 c 10c Green, Ty. II (32). Horizontal pair, rich color, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 11, 1859" circular datestamp on cover to Stowe Mass. with "Overland Mail, Via Los Angeles" illustrated railroad propaganda design, repaired tears across upper left corner into design and at right where opened, Very Fine appearance, unusual double-rate franking on this scarce propaganda envelope, ex Gibson (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 1,900
93 c 10c Green, Ty. V (35). Two singles, tied by "La Porte Cal. Jul. 29, 1860" circular datestamp with second strike at bottom left on cover to Bethlehem Pa. with "Overland--via--Los Angeles" hand-colored illustrated four-horse stagecoach design, stamps with margin flaws from placement at edge of cover, repaired tear thru address and mended corners, Very Fine appearance, scarce (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 1,000
94 c 24c Gray Lilac (37). Intense shade, choice centering, tied by red "Phila. Am. Pkt. 3 Jun. 21" credit datestamp on 1861 cover with blue "Capture of one of Jeff. Davis' 'Private-ears'" caricature and sent to Liverpool, England, London and receiving datestamps, some edgewear

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE CARICATURE COVER USED TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION.

With 2009 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 2,200
95° E 30c Black, Die Essay on India (38-E1 var). 55 x 66mm and mounted on card, intense shade, incomplete design showing scrolls at each side of "30" with only one outer shading line

VERY FINE AND VERY RARE ESSAY OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

Scott Catalogue lists this essay as cut to stamp size. This essay, with generous borders, is very desirable.

Ex Lake Shore. With 1997 A.P.S. and 2005 P.F. certificates (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 0
96° TC 30c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (38TC1). Die sunk on 75 x 106mm card, sharp impression, albino "2 proof" at bottom of India probably from someone at the printer's writing on top of the proof

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH SHOWS FULL DIE SINKAGE.

Ex Finkelburg. (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 0
97   30c Orange (38). Vibrant color, exceptional centering for this difficult issue, face-free cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.

The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 30c and 90c 1860 were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95J; SMQ $4,750.00 as 95, $10,500.00 as 98). This is the only example to achieve this grade and one has graded higher (at 98). (Image Magnifier)

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98 og 90c Blue (39). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF-XF 85; SMQ $4,100.00) (Image Magnifier)

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3,000 3,250
99   90c Blue (39). Choice centering, large Boston "Paid" grid cancel, rich color, small thin spots

VERY FINE AND CHOICE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USED EXAMPLE 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. The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a large volume of mail franked with those values. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. 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. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies are scarce and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare. Approximately 180 used examples have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, of which approximately one-quarter are sound. (Image Magnifier)

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10,000 1,900
100 P 5c-90c 1857 Reprints, Plate Proofs on India (42P3, 45P3-47P3). Right imprint and plate no. blocks of 12, including 5c and 24c-90c, 5c Plate 2, others Plate 1, affixed to their original cards, spectacular colors throughout, clear margins on non-plate no. sides

EXTREMELY FINE GROUP OF PLATE BLOCKS OF 12 OF THE 1857 REPRINTS ON INDIA PAPER.

Scott Retail as plate blocks of eight and singles (Image Magnifier)

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7,720 7,000
101 og 5c Orange Brown, Reprint (42). Without gum as issued, brilliant color, unusually choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1857 REPRINT.

Only 878 were sold. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $3,450.00). Only two have graded higher to date and only one other shares this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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1,200 2,200
102 og 12c Greenish Black, Reprint (44). Without gum as issued, attractive shade, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT REPRINT OF THE 1857-60 ISSUE.

Only 489 were sold. With 2012 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,750 2,800
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