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2021-04-29
The Gary Petersen Collection of Important United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 65, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Block of four, original gum, bright color, well-balanced margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC.

Ex Hansen. With 1992 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

10,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 48, 1¢-90¢ 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39), This block of twelve is the only example of the 24¢ 1860 Issue with the complete imprint and plate number--a magnificent classic multiple with a long and impressive provenance

DESCRIPTION

24¢ Gray Lilac (37), Positions 31-33/41-43/51-53/61-63L1, D/E/F/C Reliefs from 6-relief transfer roll, block of twelve with "Toppan, Carpenter & Co. BANK NOTE ENGRAVERS. Phila. New York, Boston & Cincinnati" First Type imprint and "No. 1 P." plate number at left, original gum, bright and fresh color, exceptionally choice centering for this issue and for a multiple of this size

PROVENANCE

George H. Worthington, J. C. Morgenthau sale, 8/21-23/1917, lot 197

Joseph T. Lozier (sold privately by Ward)

Wharton Sinkler (sold privately by Ward)

Henry C. Gibson, Sr. (sold privately by Ward; listed on 3/27/1928 Ward invoice to Gibson, priced at $3,000, along with other blocks)

Philip H. Ward, Jr. (bought from Gibson, estate sold to Weills in 1963)

Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8/1974, Sale 459, lot 157

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

John C. Chapin, A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks 1851-1882, census no. 173

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine-Extremely Fine; minor hinge reinforcements, a few faint gum soaks and tiny thins in two stamps in right vertical row, inconsequential since they are outside the plate block of eight

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$32,500.00 for this specific block, which is not based on any recent transaction--this plate block has not sold publicly since 1974

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Delayed for Two Years and Valid for Fifteen Months

In April 1856 Toppan Carpenter sent a die proof of "the new 24¢ stamp" to Third Assistant Postmaster General John Marron for official approval. The printers described the 24¢ engraving as "entirely original in lathe work" and "as perfect a piece of geometric lathe work as can be produced." Other correspondence indicates that the design was approved and the plate was manufactured in 1857 or 1858, but no 24¢ stamps were produced until 1860.

In May 1860 President Buchanan's postmaster general, Joseph Holt, issued a new order requiring prepayment by stamps on transient printed matter, and on all foreign and domestic mail, except letters permitted to be sent unpaid by international postal conventions. Holt's order sparked public demand for stamps, especially in denominations greater than 12¢, the top value in circulation at the beginning of 1860. In response to a letter received from the Philadelphia postmaster, the new Third Assistant Postmaster General, Alexander N. Zevely, contacted Toppan Carpenter about producing new high-denomination stamps. The printers responded that they could furnish stamps within three weeks of the order being received, which they were able to do since they already had the 24¢ plate from two years earlier. Zevely ordered 24¢ stamps in a "lilac" shade, and the firm stated that they would be ready by June 15, 1860. The earliest documented use is July 7, 1860.

Five months after the 24¢ was issued, in November 1860, an Illinois lawyer and one-time U.S. congressman named Abraham Lincoln was elected president on a Republican platform dedicated to preserving the Union and to laying the foundation for the eventual abolition of slavery. It was too much for the South. On December 20, 1860, South Carolina formally voted to secede from the Union, and other slave states soon followed. By April the first guns of the war were fired on Fort Sumter during Lincoln's "I dare you" attempt to resupply the fort.

The 24¢ stamps issued in June 1860 were one of the war's early casualties. In August 1861 the federal government demonetized all previous issues of postage stamps and replaced them with new stamps that would be distributed only to post offices in loyal states. The purpose of demonetization was to prevent the South from using stamps as a medium of exchange.

Demand for the high-denomination stamps in 1860 was limited, and the Civil War demonetization policy cut their lives short. Unused examples would be great rarities today if not for a cache of sheets discovered in Washington, D.C., which had been found in Southern post offices after the war and returned to the Post Office. These sheets were sold and traded to stamp dealers, and many of the unused stamps from late pre-war printings come from this source.

Despite the survival of unused high-denomination remainders, multiples with the imprint and plate number selvage are extremely rare. Philatelists record only two 24¢ plate blocks: the block of four offered in lot 47 and the block of twelve offered here. This block was once part of the famous Worthington collection, from which it passed into the Lozier, Sinkler, Ward, Phillips and Chapin collections. In 2002 the entire Chapin collection was acquired by the Shreves in a sealed bidding process and then sold privately to Mr. Gross.

E. 50,000-75,000
32,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 49, 1¢-90¢ 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39), A fresh and beautiful original-gum block of nine of the 24¢ 1860 Issue

DESCRIPTION

24¢ Gray Lilac (37), block of nine, original gum, dark shade, small hinge remnants, exceptionally fresh

PROVENANCE

Possibly Henry C. Gibson, Sr.

Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 1/16-18/1956, lot 779, to Weill (for Phillips)

Benjamin D. Phillips (Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

Order of U.S. Trust Company, H. R. Harmer sale, 1/19-20/1971, lot 100

Louis Grunin, H. R. Harmer sale, 12/14-15/1976, lot 2628

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1979 Rarities of the World, 4/4/1979, Sale 544, lot 61, to Ishikawa

Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 326, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1977)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine; gum is brownish in places, small thin spots in top left pair and minor gum soak between the top right pair, center stamp has natural inclusion

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$17,750.00 as block of four, pairs and single

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 87, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Vertical block of twelve, original gum, stamp positions 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11 Mint N.H., remarkably fresh and well-centered

FINE-VERY FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE -- ONE OF THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLES.

According to Linn's Stamp Facts, the largest recorded multiple is an irregular block of 22 with reinforced perf separations (offered in our Sale 1000, no stamps are Mint N.H.). Two blocks of 20 are also known (one is ex Caspary, Klein and Zoellner, with four Mint N.H. stamps). We are also aware of two other blocks of twelve (one has one Mint N.H. stamp). The block offered here, with five Mint N.H. stamps and in such choice condition, is a remarkable rarity.

Ex "Sevenoaks". With 1996 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two blocks of four and two pairs

26,300
10,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 624, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Block of four, original gum, h.r., bright color and clear impression

FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate

10,000
1,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2016-11-09
U.S. Treasures of Philately from The Weinberg Inventory
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Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 40, 1851-56, 1861-68 Issues24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Block of four, original gum, h.r., bright color and clear impression

FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate

10,000
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2016-03-17
Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1217, 5c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-39)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Block of four, original gum, wonderfully fresh with sharp color

FINE-VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate

9,500
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2015-06-22
United States Stamps and Covers
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Sale Number 1100, Lot Number 5, 1857-60 Issue and Reprints (Scott 33-47)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Vertical block of 20 with full original gum, four stamps Mint N.H. (positions 6, 11, 14 and 15), rich color and remarkably bright and fresh, well-centered for a large multiple, small manuscript note on back shows thru slightly on upper right pair, few perf separations, faint bend in fourth row, two stamps (positions 4 and 16) with small thin spot

FINE-VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 24-CENT 1860 BLOCK -- ONE OF THE LARGEST AND ARGUABLY THE FINEST MULTIPLE EXTANT.

Ex Caspary, Klein, Zoellner and DuPuy. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for four blocks and two pairs with no premium for the Mint N.H. stamps.

44,300
13,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2015-04-28
The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 85, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36-39)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, pretty shade, beautifully centered and unusually fresh, tiny hole in top left stamp has been sealed up

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

Ex Lilly and 1993 Rarities sale (as a block of six with the tiny hole described)

9,500
1,700
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
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Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 1172, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Vertical block of 20 with full original gum, four stamps Mint N.H. (positions 6, 11, 14 and 15), rich color and remarkably bright and fresh, well-centered for a large multiple, small manuscript note on back shows thru slightly on upper right pair, few perf separations, faint bend in fourth row, two stamps (positions 4 and 16) with small thin spot

FINE-VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 24-CENT 1860 BLOCK -- ONE OF THE LARGEST AND ARGUABLY THE FINEST MULTIPLE EXTANT.

Ex Caspary, Klein, Zoellner and DuPuy. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for four blocks and two pairs with no premium for the Mint N.H. stamps.

44,300
15,500
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