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Census of 1c Blue, Type I (Scott 5)

5-CAN-050

5-CAN-050

Notes:
  • The top has been trimmed to remove a tiny tear in the ample top margin. Up to 1994 the stamp had been described as having a tiny tear at top right.
  • The last record of sale in this condition was by Superior on 6/28/1993. Thereafter, the stamp appeared with the top margin trimmed. No mention of the
  • tear was made in a subsequently-issued 1994 PFC.
  • Perhaps if the two original PFC’s had stated more explicitly that the tiny tear was not near the design, the reduction of the top margin would not have occurred.
  • Double strike of an indistinct black cds, showing four dots in the shape of a square on Franklin’s head.
Provenance:
  • Metro sale 2/27/1977, lot 9A, realized $6,100 (possibly not sold) vs. $8,500?Scott value.
  • Sotheby Parke Bernet sale 5/25/1977, lot 7A, realized $8,500 vs. $8,500?Scott value.
  • Ex James M. Welch, Siegel #683 9/11/1987, lot 18, realized $10,500 vs. $22,500 Scott value
  • Superior sale 6/28/1993, lot 80, realized $7,100 vs. $17,500?Scott value.
  • Top margin trimmed after Superior sale.
  • Ivy &?Mader sale 12/17/1994, lot 42, description notes “signed Raymond H. Weill”, realized $9,500 vs. $17,500 Scott value.
  • Bennett sale 2/9/1997, lot 1047, realized $18,500 vs. $29,000 Scott value.
  • Nutmeg sale 10/20/1998, lot 33, described “showing full scrolls, a sound copy”.
Certificates:
  • PFC 12689 (1960) and 267318 (1992), both noting tiny tear at upper right in margin.
  • PFC 283794 (1994), after top was trimmed, removing the tear.
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