EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE IV.
The ready availability of 3c 1851-57 stamps gives collectors the false impression that superb examples, even of a better type, are easily obtainable. Yet with grading past its 15th year, only four used examples of Scott 26A have achieved a 95J grade or higher (highest is the 100 offered in our 2019 Rarities sale).
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $3,150.00 as normal). One shares this grade and only two grade higher
3¢ Brownish Carmine, Type IV (26A), Positions 41-42/51-52/61-62/71-72L11i, block of eight from left pane of Plate 11 Intermediate with "Toppan, Carpenter & Co. BANK NOTE ENGRAVERS. Phila. New York, Boston & Cincinnati" imprint and "No. 11." plate number, original gum, three stamps Mint N.H., rich color, well-centered
Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/28/1965, Sale 286, lot 33
Rudolph G. Wunderlich, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/29/1976, Sale 484, lot 287
Walter C. Klein, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/27/1988, lot 120, to Piller
Stanley M. Piller, Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/25/1993, Sale 748, lot 108, to Zoellner
Robert Zoellner, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8-10/1998, Sale 804, lot 117, to Chapin
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to Mr. Gross, 2002)
Chapin census no. 156
The Philatelic Foundation (2000)
Very Fine appearance; top pair crease ending in small tear, bottom left stamp small thin
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE IV IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
The ready availability of 3c 1851-57 stamps gives collectors the false impression that superb examples, even of a better type, are easily obtainable. Yet with grading well into its 14th year, this is the sole example of a 3c Type IV stamp to achieve this Gem 100 grade.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $9,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it. No others are even close -- the next highest grade is a 98 (one copy) followed by two at 95J.
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED, CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE IV.
A review using Power Search reveals how rare this better type is in Mint N.H. condition. We have not sold another example since keeping computerized records.
With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; unpriced in SMQ in Mint N.H. condition). This is one of only three examples to achieve this grade, with none higher. Scott Retail as hinged