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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 50, 1¢-90¢ 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39), This magnificent original-gum block of 21 is the largest recorded unused multiple of the 30¢ 1860 Issue

DESCRIPTION

30¢ Orange (38), block of 21 (7 by 3), original gum, bright color and exceptionally fresh

PROVENANCE

This block and large block of 90¢ 1860, along with other lower denomination blocks, sold to Caspary privately (Ashbrook index card note)

Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 1/16-18/1956, lot 809, to Weill

Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/7-8/1968, Sale 327, lot 18, to Weill (for Bechtel)

Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr. (collection sold privately in 1993; block sold privately to Zoellner)

Robert Zoellner, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8-10/1998, Sale 804, lot 148, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Zoellner)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine overall; some minor reinforcements, small tears in a few bottom-row stamps and fourth stamp at top nicked from separation

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$60,900.00 as three blocks, four pairs and single

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Switch from Black to Orange

Official correspondence between the Post Office and Toppan Carpenter reveals that the decision to print 30¢ stamps in orange followed a printing in black on stamp paper. The existence of imperforate 30¢ Black stamps created controversy years ago, when some philatelists argued that the black stamps were a legitimate issue. A brief history of the early approval and production process is worth telling.

Toppan Carpenter submitted proofs of the 30¢ stamp to Third Assistant Postmaster Zevely in June 1860, suggesting printing the stamps in black to highlight the engraving. The design was approved on June 27, 1860. On July 2 Toppan Carpenter sent Zevely plate proof sheets of the 12¢ and 30¢ in black to show that the design differences were sufficient to tell the stamps apart, even if both were black, and Zevely replied with approval for the 30¢ to be printed in black. On July 11 Toppan Carpenter wrote again to Zevely, giving their opinion that it would be difficult to adequately cancel the 30¢ stamps if they were black, and suggesting that the color should be switched to "buff." Zevely approved "orange buff" color, and Toppan Carpenter promised to deliver 280,000 stamps by July 31. As with all of the stamps in circulation when the Civil War broke out, the 30¢ was demonetized in the fall of 1861.

E. 20,000-30,000
27,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1094
PSE 98J
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1094, 5c-30c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-38)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Gorgeous centering with unusually wide margins, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, neat strike of red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. IT IS GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.

The narrow space between subjects on the plate makes it almost impossible for the perforations to clear the design on all four sides. The example offered here, with extra wide margins at sides and perfs clear at top and bottom, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Senchuk and Merlin. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $9,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a Scott 38 in any category (unused or used), and it is the only example to achieve this grade.

475
9,000
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2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1095, 5c-30c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-38)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Choice centering and margins, bright color, face-free corner strike of circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 and 2002 P.F. certificates

425
600
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U.S. Stamps
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1857-60 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1636, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Original gum, deep rich color, perfectly centered with wide margins all around, reperfed at right, Extremely Fine appearance, a stamp with great eye appeal, with 2018 P.F. certificate

1,900
850
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1637, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Outstanding balanced margins for this tightly spaced issue, vivid color complemented by red grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1981 P.F. certificate

475
600
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2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1638, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Well-centered for this tightly spaced issue with perfs clear of design all around, bright color, neat grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1992 P.S.E. certificate

425
425
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1140, South America30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), each with perfs in, cancelled or tied by red grids on blue folded cover to Buenos Aires, Argentina, sender's blue oval handstamp, "New-York Am. Pkt. Nov. 24" (1860) red circular datestamp on back, magenta manuscript "12" credit, red London Paid transit datestamp (Dec. 6), sender's directive "pr Bremen via Southampton", a Fine and colorful cover, very scarce 30c use to South America, ex Gallagher and "Sevenoaks"

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1252, France (including Algeria and Corsica)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Bright shade, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston Paid 12 Dec. 29" credit datestamp on square-shaped 1860 cover to Mostaganem, French Algeria, handsomely addressed with explicit detail ("Africa", "Algerie", "Province d'Oran"), French transit circular datestamp front and back, Mostaganem receiving backstamp, couple small edge tears

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EXOTIC DESTINATION IN THE CLASSIC PERIOD.

Although Algeria was considered by French postal authorities to be part of France (with the same rates), it is highly regarded as a separate destination by postal history collectors.

Ex Haas and "Sevenoaks"

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1373, Greece30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Used with 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), tied together by bold red grid cancel on small fresh cover to Athens, Greece, 12c additionally tied by red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, reverse with red "New York Am. Pkt. Dec. 3" (1860) circular datestamp and faint Athens circular datestamp struck in ultramarine, neat March 9, 1861 docketing at left, magenta "19" credit below stamps, manuscript due markings front and back, small piece out of backflap and small edge tear at top

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE TO GREECE.

This stunning cover, from the Reverend Hill find, was sent prepaid for the 42c Prussian Closed Mail rate. Our computerized records contain just one other cover to Greece with the 30c stamp, a single on a cover from the Rev. Hill correspondence, mailed in May 1861.

Ex Bilden and "Sevenoaks".

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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U.S. Stamps
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United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1396, Africa30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied together by target cancels on 1861 buff cover to the Bark America at St. Louis, Mauritius, "Holmes Hole Ms. Mar. 11" circular datestamp, manuscript "28" credit and "4-1/2" pence British charge, red London Paid transit datestamp (Mar. 25), bold Mauritius crown datestamp on back, cover slightly reduced at left, 3c has some short perfs at top

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW EXISTING COVERS TO MAURITIUS WITH THE 1857 ISSUE.

Ex Emerson, Piller, Gallagher and "Sevenoaks"

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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