Sale Number: 1021
Sale Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part Two

1861 Issue First Colors and First Designs (Scott 55-62B)
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
205 ng 1c Indigo, First Design (55). Unused (no gum), deep rich color, intense impression on bright paper, partly nibbed perf at bottom right

VERY FINE. THIS IS A RECENTLY-REVEALED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 24 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.

Our census of Scott 55, published in the Zoellner catalogue and available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/55/55.pdf contains a total of 24 examples of this stamp. Of these 24, one is in the New York Public Library collection. The example offered here becomes the 25th copy. Of the 24 available to collectors, nine have no gum, thirteen have gum and two are used. Approximately half are defective to some extent.

Census No. 55-UNC-25. (Image Magnifier)

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206 ng 3c Brown Rose, First Design (56). Bottom imprint and plate no. 2 strip of four, unused (traces of original gum), few flaws including perf separations, otherwise Fine, scarce plate number position multiple, the full plate block catalogues $20,000.00 (six known) and this is the first such strip we have offered since keeping computerized records, Scott Retail as original-gum singles (Image Magnifier)

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2,200 850
207 ogbl 3c Brown Rose, First Design (56). Block of four, original gum, small h.r., rich color on bright paper, choice centering throughout, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful original-gum block, Scott Retail as singles (Image Magnifier)

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2,200 550
208 ng 5c Brown, First Design (57). Unused (no gum), rich color, detailed impression, toned spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT FIRST DESIGN. RECENTLY UNEARTHED IN THE FRELINGHUYSEN COLLECTION, THIS REMARKABLE RARITY HAS NOW BEEN ADDED TO OUR CENSUS OF THIS ISSUE.

Our census of Scott 57, published in the Zoellner catalogue and updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/57/57.pdf , contains a total of 36 copies of this rarity. Of these, one is in the New York Public Library collection. Of the 35 thought to be available to collectors, two are used, 18 have no gum, seven have part gum and nine have full original gum. None of the nine full-gum copies is completely sound. Four of the part-gum copies are sound. Of the no-gum copies, two are sound, three others may be sound but need to be reexamined as they have not been seen in decades, and thirteen have faults of varying degrees. The example offered here has some mild toning, but is otherwise sound and well-centered.

Census No. 57-UNC-36. (Image Magnifier)

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209 og 24c Dark Violet, First Color (60). Part original gum, deep rich color and detailed impression, few perfs trimmed at upper left

A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE THE 1861 24-CENT DARK VIOLET EARLY TRIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE 24-CENT 1861-63 ISSUE SHADES.

The Dark Violet trial printing and Violet regular issue shades are often confused, and the Scott Catalogue adds to the confusion by putting the Dark Violet (the old Scott 60) in the Trial Color Proofs section as 70TCe, while the Violet gets a front seat as Scott 70c. In our opinion, there is no good reason to relegate the Dark Violet to the Trial Color Proof section. As a result, the stamp offered here is undercatalogued in relation to other 24c stamps of equal rarity.

Purple backstamp. (Image Magnifier)

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15,000 1,900
210 ng 30c Red Orange, First Color (61). Unused (no gum), intense shade on bright paper, choice centering for this difficult issue, minute tear between two perfs at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS NEWLY-RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 FIRST COLOR IS OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER HALF A CENTURY. VERY FEW ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of the 30c 1861 First Color, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/61/61.pdf , contains a total of 32 copies. One is used, and one is in the New York Library's collection, leaving only 30 available to collectors.

Census No. 61-UNC-32. (Image Magnifier)

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211 og 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Disturbed original gum, small h.r., deep rich color on bright paper, few perfs slightly scissors-trimmed, still Fine, scarce in unused condition (Image Magnifier)

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8,000 2,000
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