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United States
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19th Century Issues
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2021-04-29
The Gary Petersen Collection of Important United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 10, Postmasters' ProvisionalsSt. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, large margins to just touched along frameline in two places, neat penstroke cancel, light vertical creases, tiny tear at top left

FINE APPEARANCE. THE 5-CENT ON GRAY LILAC PAPER IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONALS.

The layout of the plate was altered just before the paper was changed from Greenish to Gray Lilac paper. The original layout contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. The plate was altered, and the top two 5c stamps were converted to 20c stamps. Only one position, the bottom left position of the plate, yielded 5c stamps. The new plate layout, combined with limited production from the altered plate before it was converted back again to its original format, accounts for the rarity of the 5c on Gray Lilac paper.

This stamp was offered in the 1953 Heiman and 1955 Fifield sales as Scott 11X4. Ex Geisler

55,000
7,500
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 13, 1845 Postmasters' Provisionals (Scott 5X1-11X8)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, full margins to clear, red circular datestamp struck at lower right leaving entire design clearly visible, completely sound

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER. ONLY ONE POSITION ON THIS STATE OF THE PLATE IS A 5-CENT STAMP. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE RED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.

The St. Louis "Bears" stamps were printed from a single plate of six subjects (two horizontal by three vertical) that was modified twice to change the denominations of two positions. The original plate contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. All stamps from the first state of the plate were printed on Greenish paper. The plate was then altered by burnishing out the "5" on Positions 1 and 3 and engraving a new "20" denomination. A small printing on Greenish paper was made from this altered plate. 5c stamps (Position 5) and 10c stamps (Positions 2/4/6) on Greenish Paper cannot usually be identified as original or altered plate impressions (the 20c on Greenish paper is a great rarity). The larger portion of stamps from the altered plate are on Gray Lilac paper. However, because only one of six subjects was a 5c value, the 5c on Gray Lilac is an extremely rare stamp -- perhaps even rarer than the 20c on Gray Lilac. The plate was modified again by burnishing out each "20" and engraving the old "5" denomination (third state). At the time of this second alteration, a large ball was engraved inside the end curl of the numeral "5" on Position 5. As far as we know, all stamps from the third state of the plate were printed on a very thin pelure paper. These were the last stamps used before the 1847 Issue was placed on sale in St. Louis.

Sound examples of this issue are rare, and this stamp has margins on all sides. It is also cancelled solely by a red circular datestamp, barely visible at bottom right, so the stamp appears unused. We have offered only one other cancelled solely by the circular datestamp since keeping computerized records, and the other has a clearly visible fault.

Ex Twigg-Smith. With 2001 P.F. certificate

55,000
17,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2016-05-31
2016 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 311, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, large margins to barely touched at lower left, bright shade, neat penstroke cancel

FRESH AND FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER. ONLY ONE POSITION ON THIS STATE OF THE PLATE IS A 5-CENT STAMP.

The St. Louis "Bears" stamps were printed from a single plate of six subjects (two horizontal by three vertical) that was modified twice to change the denominations of two positions. The original plate contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. All stamps from the first state of the plate were printed on Greenish paper. The plate was then altered by burnishing out the "5" on Positions 1 and 3 and engraving a new "20" denomination. A small printing on Greenish paper was made from this altered plate. 5c stamps (Position 5) and 10c stamps (Positions 2/4/6) on Greenish Paper cannot usually be identified as original or altered plate impressions (the 20c on Greenish paper is a great rarity). The larger portion of stamps from the altered plate are on Gray Lilac paper. However, because only one of six subjects was a 5c value, the 5c on Gray Lilac is an extremely rare stamp -- perhaps even rarer than the 20c on Gray Lilac. The plate was modified again by burnishing out each "20" and engraving the old "5" denomination (third state). At the time of this second alteration, a large ball was engraved inside the end curl of the numeral "5" on Position 5. As far as we know, all stamps from the third state of the plate were printed on a very thin pelure paper. These were the last stamps used before the 1847 Issue was placed on sale in St. Louis.

Sound examples of this issue are rare, and this stamp has margins almost all around. With 2012 P.F. certificate

55,000
6,750
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2013-12-17
The Golden Oak Collection of Superb United States
 
Sale Number 1062, Lot Number 21, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, large margins to clear, crisp impression on nicely grayed paper, cancelled solely by red circular datestamp, small surface scrape at bottom left (really nothing more than some ink flaking off)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS "BEARS" POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.

The layout of the plate was altered just before the paper was changed from Greenish to Gray Lilac paper. The original layout contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. The plate was altered, and the top two 5c stamps were converted to 20c stamps. Only one position, the bottom left position of the plate, yielded 5c stamps. The new plate layout, combined with limited production from the altered plate before it was converted back again to its original format, accounts for the rarity of the 5c on Gray Lilac paper.

With 2006 P.F. certificate

55,000
10,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 43, Postmasters Provisionals: St. Louis Mo.St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, large margins to clear, bright shade, unobtrusive pen cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE SOUND FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER. A WONDERFUL CONDITION RARITY.

The St. Louis "Bears" stamps were printed from a single plate of six subjects (two horizontal by three vertical) that was modified twice to change the denominations of two positions. The original plate contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. All stamps from the first state of the plate were printed on Greenish paper. The plate was then altered by burnishing out the "5" on Positions 1 and 3 and engraving a new "20" denomination. A small printing on Greenish paper was made from this altered plate. 5c stamps (Position 5) and 10c stamps (Positions 2/4/6) on Greenish Paper cannot usually be identified as original or altered plate impressions (the 20c on Greenish paper is a great rarity). The larger portion of stamps from the altered plate are on Gray Lilac paper. However, because only one of six subjects was a 5c value, the 5c on Gray Lilac is an extremely rare stamp -- perhaps even rarer than the 20c on Gray Lilac. The plate was modified again by burnishing out each "20" and engraving the old "5" denomination (third state). At the time of this second alteration, a large ball was engraved inside the end curl of the numeral "5" on Position 5. As far as we know, all stamps from the third state of the plate were printed on a very thin pelure paper. These were the last stamps used before the 1847 Issue was placed on sale in St. Louis.

A review using Power Search shows that most examples of this issue either have faults or margins into the design. Power Search contains only six sound four-margin copies not in multiples: 1) pen cancel, ex Concord, Vineyard and Wall; 2) pen cancel, ex Twigg-Smith (2001 Siegel sale); 3) red cancel, barely clear, ex Twigg-Smith (2001 Siegel sale); 4) pen cancel, 1980 Rarities sale; 5) heavy pen cancel, 1974 Rarities sale; and 6) the example offered here. We estimate perhaps another half-dozen may exist in this condition.

Ex F.W. Hunter and Moody. Small "W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp. With 1967 P.F. certificate. Offered to the market for the first time since our 1970 Rarities sale.

55,000
28,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 44, Postmasters Provisionals: St. Louis Mo.St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, large margins to barely touched at lower left, bright shade, neat penstroke cancel

FRESH AND FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER. ONLY ONE POSITION ON THIS STATE OF THE PLATE IS A 5-CENT STAMP.

The St. Louis "Bears" stamps were printed from a single plate of six subjects (two horizontal by three vertical) that was modified twice to change the denominations of two positions. The original plate contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. All stamps from the first state of the plate were printed on Greenish paper. The plate was then altered by burnishing out the "5" on Positions 1 and 3 and engraving a new "20" denomination. A small printing on Greenish paper was made from this altered plate. 5c stamps (Position 5) and 10c stamps (Positions 2/4/6) on Greenish Paper cannot usually be identified as original or altered plate impressions (the 20c on Greenish paper is a great rarity). The larger portion of stamps from the altered plate are on Gray Lilac paper. However, because only one of six subjects was a 5c value, the 5c on Gray Lilac is an extremely rare stamp -- perhaps even rarer than the 20c on Gray Lilac. The plate was modified again by burnishing out each "20" and engraving the old "5" denomination (third state). At the time of this second alteration, a large ball was engraved inside the end curl of the numeral "5" on Position 5. As far as we know, all stamps from the third state of the plate were printed on a very thin pelure paper. These were the last stamps used before the 1847 Issue was placed on sale in St. Louis.

Sound examples of this issue are rare, and this stamp has margins almost all around

55,000
12,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 45, Postmasters Provisionals: St. Louis Mo.St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, large margins to clear, intense shade, cancelled by two neat vertical penstrokes, tiny tear at top left mostly in margin, light diagonal crease at lower right

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER. ONLY ONE POSITION ON THIS STATE OF THE PLATE IS A 5-CENT STAMP.

The St. Louis "Bears" stamps were printed from a single plate of six subjects (two horizontal by three vertical) that was modified twice to change the denominations of two positions. The original plate contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. All stamps from the first state of the plate were printed on Greenish paper. The plate was then altered by burnishing out the "5" on Positions 1 and 3 and engraving a new "20" denomination. A small printing on Greenish paper was made from this altered plate. 5c stamps (Position 5) and 10c stamps (Positions 2/4/6) on Greenish Paper cannot usually be identified as original or altered plate impressions (the 20c on Greenish paper is a great rarity). The larger portion of stamps from the altered plate are on Gray Lilac paper. However, because only one of six subjects was a 5c value, the 5c on Gray Lilac is an extremely rare stamp -- perhaps even rarer than the 20c on Gray Lilac. The plate was modified again by burnishing out each "20" and engraving the old "5" denomination (third state). At the time of this second alteration, a large ball was engraved inside the end curl of the numeral "5" on Position 5. As far as we know, all stamps from the third state of the plate were printed on a very thin pelure paper. These were the last stamps used before the 1847 Issue was placed on sale in St. Louis.

With 1962 P.F. certificate.

55,000
8,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2010-09-29
The Wagshal Collection, Part 1: 1845-69 Issues
 
Sale Number 993, Lot Number 11, St. Louis Bears Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, three ample even margins, entitrely clear of frameline at left, light pen cancel, red St. Louis circular datestamp, faint vertical crease

FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.

The St. Louis "Bears" stamps were printed from a single plate of six subjects (two horizontal by three vertical) that was modified twice to change the denominations of two positions. The original plate contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. All stamps from the first state of the plate were printed on Greenish paper. The plate was then altered by burnishing out the "5" on Positions 1 and 3 and engraving a new "20" denomination. A small printing on Greenish paper was made from this altered plate. 5c stamps (Position 5) and 10c stamps (Positions 2/4/6) on Greenish Paper cannot usually be identified as original or altered plate impressions (the 20c on Greenish paper is a great rarity). The larger portion of stamps from the altered plate are on Gray Lilac paper. However, because only one of six subjects was a 5c value, the 5c on Gray Lilac is an extremely rare stamp -- perhaps even rarer than the 20c on Gray Lilac. The plate was modified again by burnishing out each "20" and engraving the old "5" denomination (third state). At the time of this second alteration, a large ball was engraved inside the end curl of the numeral "5" on Position 5. As far as we know, all stamps from the third state of the plate were printed on a very thin pelure paper. These were the last stamps used before the 1847 Issue was placed on sale in St. Louis.

Ex Weill Brothers sale. With 1984 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $55,000.00

E. 10,000-15,000
9,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2007-12-12
The Philip T. Wall Collection of U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
 
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 7, St. Louis PostmasterSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, large to huge margins, unusually deep impression, cancelled by two unobtrusive penstrokes

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.

The St. Louis Bear stamps were printed from a single plate of six subjects (two horizontal by three vertical) that was modified twice to change the denominations of two positions. The original plate (Plate 1) contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. All stamps from Plate 1 were printed on Greenish paper. The plate was then altered by burnishing out the "5" on Positions 1 and 3 and engraving a new "20" denomination (Plate 2). A small printing on Greenish paper was made from this Plate 2 altered plate. 5c stamps (Position 5) and 10c stamps (Positions 2/4/6) on Greenish Paper cannot usually be identified as Plate 1 or Plate 1 impressions (the 20c on Greenish paper is a great rarity). The larger portion of stamps from Plate 2 are on Gray Lilac paper. However, because only one of six subjects was a 5c value, the 5c on Gray Lilac is an extremely rare stamp -- perhaps even rarer than the 20c on Gray Lilac. The plate was modified again by burnishing out the "20" and engraving the old "5" denomination (Plate 3). At the time of this second alteration, a large ball was engraved inside the end curl of the numeral "5" on Position 5. As far as we know, all stamps from Plate 3 were printed on a very thin pelure paper. These were the last stamps used before the 1847 Issue was placed on sale in St. Louis.

Ex Vineyard. With 1976 and 1996 P.F. certificates

45,000
60,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2007-11-12
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 126, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, three large margins, in at left, small ms. cancel and traces of red St. Louis circular datestamp, minute thin speck

VERY GOOD APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.

The layout of the plate was altered just before the paper was changed from Greenish to Gray Lilac paper. The original layout contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. The plate was altered, and the top two 5c stamps were converted to 20c stamps. Only one position, the bottom left position of the plate, yielded 5c stamps. The new plate layout, combined with limited production from the altered plate before it was converted back again to its original format, accounts for the rarity of the 5c on Gray Lilac paper.

45,000
8,500
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