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

1861-66 Issue cont. thru Re-Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
109° og 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Original gum, single hinge mark, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, remarkably choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER. ONE OF THE RAREST CLASSIC STAMPS IN SOUND AND CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c). All four are rare, especially in sound original-gum condition. We feel this is nearly as rare as the Blackish Violet, which has a catalogue value of $100,000.00.

With 2008 P.F. certificate. The only comparable copy we were able to locate was offered in our 2009 Whitman sale. (Image Magnifier)

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35,000 0
110   24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Superb centering with wide margins all around, strong color, neat grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1861 24c VIOLET ON THIN PAPER IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DENOMINATIONS OF THE 1861-66 ISSUE TO FIND WITH WIDE MARGINS SURROUNDING THE DESIGN.

With 1966 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,250 1,900
111 ngbl 30c Orange (71). Block of four, unused (no gum), vibrant color, pink backstamps just show thru

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Scott Retail as no gum singles (Image Magnifier)

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4,000 1,500
112°   90c Blue (72). Deep rich color and detailed impression, choice centering with enormous margins on all sides, unobtrusive target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE WITH EXCEPTIONALLY WIDE MARGINS. THIS IS THE ONLY 90-CENT 1861 GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.

Ex Hinrichs and Dauer. 1991 and 2004 P.F. certificates no longer accompany. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $14,000.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date to this Scott number in any category (OG, used etc.) and is the only example to achieve this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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600 0
113 ogbl 2c Black (73). Block of ten, original gum, intense shade and proof-like impression on crisp white paper, choice centering throughout, light vertical wrinkles

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL BLOCK OF TEN OF THE 1863 2-CENT BLACK JACK ISSUE.

Most multiples such as this have been broken to feed collector demand for high-quality singles. This spectacular block was featured in our firm's 500th sale and also in our 1983 and 1986 Rarities sales.

Scott Retail as two blocks of four and pair (Image Magnifier)

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8,800 5,500
114 c 2c Black (73). Horizontal pair and single, intense shade, tied by targets and "Registered" straightline handstamp on orange cover with illustrated Pacific Stage Express Co. Paid printed frank to James Brennan at Nassau Street in New York, neat "San Francisco Cal. 13 Mar. 1865" double-circle datestamp, manuscript registry numbers and bold "Z Z" handstamps likely applied in New York, back of cover with manuscript inventory of stamps which were enclosed including "5 Bambers Exp., 20-2c Blk. Sandwich Islands", etc., stamps centered to bottom, some minor soiling

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE REGISTERED USE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK, USED TO CARRY STAMPS FROM AN EARLY DEALER.

The Pacific Stage Express Co. closed in 1864, but its franked envelope was used in this instance by a San Francisco stamp dealer. The 2c stamps paid the double 3c rate for over -1/2 ounce. The registry fee was paid in cash.

Ex Haas. Illustrated in Nathan book on page 157. With 1968 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 4,000-5,000 0
115 ng 3c Scarlet (74). Unused (no gum), remarkably choice centering, brilliant color and sharp impression

VERY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN TERMS OF COLOR, CENTERING AND IMPRESSION. THE 3-CENT SCARLET IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.

Many examples of this stamp have either somewhat faded color or poor centering. Despite the absence of gum, we would rank this stamp among the finest examples we have seen. (Image Magnifier)

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7,000 4,000
116   2c Black, D. Grill (84). Choice centering for this difficult issue with wide and balanced margins, intense shade and impression, clearly-defined grill, bold strike of quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION.

The 2c D Grill is the rarest of the regular-production 1867-68 Grilled Issues (excluding the 1867 trials and rarest Z Grills), followed in order of scarcity by the 3c Z Grill, the 3c D Grill and the 12c Z Grill. It is our theory that two grilling machines were used simultaneously, and that one of the machines was converted from the D to E Grill in early 1868, after a small number of 2c sheets were run through the D-equipped machine. This was the first time the Black Jack received a grill.

With 1999 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $13,000.00). (Image Magnifier)

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4,500 5,500
117   2c Black, D. Grill (84). Intense shade and impression, clearly-defined grill, choice centering for this difficult issue, light strikes of target, New York circular datestamp and red transit cancels

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 1868 2-CENT D GRILL IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.

The 2c D Grill is the rarest of the regular-production 1867-68 Grilled Issues (excluding the 1867 trials and rarest Z Grills), followed in order of scarcity by the 3c Z Grill, the 3c D Grill and the 12c Z Grill. It is our theory that two grilling machines were used simultaneously, and that one of the machines was converted from the D to E Grill in early 1868, after a small number of 2c sheets were run through the D-equipped machine. This was the first time the Black Jack received a grill.

With 2011 P.F. certificate. (Image Magnifier)

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4,900 5,000
118   3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Choice centering with unusually wide margins all around, clearly-defined grill, clear strike of rosette cancel, radiant color

EXTREMELY FINE. A JUMBO USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $6,200.00 as 85, $9,600.00 as 90). Only four have graded higher to date and only one other shares this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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3,500 4,250
119   3c Rose, Z. Grill (85C). Radiant color, clearly-defined grill, neat strike of circle of wedges cancel and part of circular datestamp at lower left

VERY FINE. A PRETTY USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT Z GRILL.

A scarce stamp in sound condition. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $4,000.00) (Image Magnifier)

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3,500 4,000
120 ogbl 15c Black, E. Grill (91). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grills, deep shade and proof-like impression, few sensibly rejoined perf separations, small toned spot at right center, expertly reperfed at right (not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE 15-CENT E GRILL IS ONE OF THE RAREST GRILLED ISSUE BLOCKS. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE FOR THIS ISSUE.

Our records contain only three or four other unused blocks of four, and no larger multiples. The Zoellner block of four was broken into singles after the sale, as have most multiples containing stamps with decent centering.

Ex Lilly. With 1968 P.F. certificate. (Image Magnifier)

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72,500 16,000
121°   15c Black, F. Grill (98). Mathematically perfect centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, bright shade and crisp impression, clear grill points, light strike of target cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. THIS USED 1868 15-CENT E GRILL IS UNDENIABLY THE PERFECT STAMP, POSSESSING EVERY QUALITY ONE COULD POSSIBLY HOPE FOR -- CENTERING, IMPRESSION, STRONG GRILL, FULL PERFORATIONS AND A LIGHT CANCEL.

We created Power Search for occasions like this, when superlatives fail to do justice to an extraordinary stamp. To see the centering, margins and cancellations on typical used examples of the 15c Lincoln -- ungrilled or not -- please use our website's Power Search feature to find Scott 77, 91 and 98 (three different searches). You will see that the 15c Lincoln is almost always a stamp of compromise. Great centering and margins, but heavy cancel. Light or colored cancel, but small margins or not quite centered. Great looking, but small faults. Then look at the "name" collections and see which 15c Lincoln stamps were included. No one -- and there are great collector names on this list -- managed to obtain this stamp or one even remotely like it.

When numerical grading started, the 15c Lincoln was on our list of "Try to Find a 100" stamps. We did not believe one existed. When this 15c F Grill was presented to us, we knew it was perfect without even looking at the grade. The Gem 100 grade and a note of praise from master grader Dr. William A. Litle confirmed our gut reaction.

The ungrilled version of this issue was released in 1866, about one year after President Lincoln was assassinated. It is regarded by many to be America's first commemorative issue, memorializing the martyred president as the nation started to heal from the wounds of the Civil War. In 1868 it was issued with two grill types, the E Grill (Scott 91) and F Grill (Scott 98). 15c usually paid the registration fee on domestic mail or the U.S.-French treaty rate. The 15c stamps used on transatlantic mail passed through foreign-mail exchange offices, where clerks were zealous about cancelling high-value stamps. For this reason, the 15c Lincoln usually has a heavy cancel or large cancel over the portrait. This stamp, with its light target cancel, is the rare exception.

There are certainly rarer stamps in this sale, and stamps that are worth much more, but we cannot think of a stamp that has conquered the odds better than this one. The perforating machine blessed it, the postal clerk respected it, and the generations who handled it managed to preserve its soundness. We are quite sure that the collectors who bid for this stamp will express their appreciation accordingly.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $10,500.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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122 bl 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Block of four, rich color, cancelled by bold strikes of quartered corks, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced, faint vertical crease at right is barely noticeable

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 24-CENT F GRILL.

Approximately six used blocks of four are known. (Image Magnifier)

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10,500 3,000
123   90c Blue, F. Grill (101). Unusually choice centering with wide margins, deep rich color on bright paper, neat strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 90-CENT F GRILL.

The 90c stamps used to make grilled issues were printed on a thick stock of paper. It is likely that sheets remaining from the pre-grill period were used and that the thinner paper introduced in 1868 had not been used for the 90c value. Two characteristics of 90c F Grill stamps are poorly punched perforations and generally poor centering.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,000.00). Only three have graded higher to date and only three others share this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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2,400 4,000
124   3c Brown Red, Re-Issue (104). Deep rich color and detailed impression on bright paper, neat strike of duplex cancel, small thin spot at top, tiny corner perf crease at bottom left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE 21 USED EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. A GREAT RARITY.

The 3c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate, which contained 200 subjects in two panes. 10,000 were printed (50 impressions). Only 465 of the 3c were sold; the remaining 9,535 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 104 used, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/104/104.pdf, records 21 examples, plus one with a non-contemporary cancel (not shown). Most have duplex cancels, with a large portion sent from New York.

Census No. 104-CAN-02. Ex Twigg-Smith and Dauer. With 1982 and 2006 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (F-VF 75; SMQ $14,000.00) (Image Magnifier)

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15,000 10,000
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