EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST DESIGN 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION -- ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CANCEL.
The 10c is the only denomination of the 1861-66 Issue that was actually issued in two types. Type I, Scott 62B, was printed from Plate 4. Type II stamps -- Scott 68 and its grilled counterparts -- were printed from Plates 15 and 26. It has been surmised that Type I was pressed into service to help fill strong demand for 10c stamps after demonetization of the earlier issue. The 10c stamps paid the transcontinental rate, the ship-letter rate and certain rates to foreign countries. The Plate 4 Type I stamps left very little space between the stamps for the 12-gauge perforation holes. Examples of Scott 62B are rarely seen with margins framing the design on all sides.
With 1985 and 2019 P.F. certificates (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT GREEN FIRST DESIGN, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT OF THE 1861 ISSUES TO OBTAIN IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
With 2002 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A FASCINATING LETTER FROM LONDON TO SAN FRANCISCO, INTENDED FOR AND DIRECTED TO THE PONY EXPRESS, BUT ARRIVING IN NEW YORK TOO LATE FOR THE LAST PONY TRIP AND CARRIED IN THE REGULAR OVERLAND MAILS. EVEN MORE DESIRABLE WITH THE SCARCE 10-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN.
The contents of the letter make it clear that the sender and his addressee were well familiar with and users of the Pony Express. Joseph White mentions a letter he received from James Wilson by Pony Express and directs that this letter (a copy, the other was sent via the West Indies) be forwarded from New York to St. Joseph and carried by the Pony Express. With the completion of the transcontinental telegraph, the Pony Express was shut down, the last trip leaving St. Joseph on October 24, 1861, one week before this letter arrived in New York (via the Cunarder Europa on November 1). Carried via the overland stage, this letter reached San Francisco on December 5, after a 32-day journey from New York -- significantly slower than the typical 15-day journey via the Pony Express.
Ex Walske. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate
10¢ Dark Green, Type I (58/62B), Positions 84-85/94-95R4, block of four from the bottom of the right pane of Plate 4 with “ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK” part imprint and plate “NO. 4” in selvage at bottom, the lower left stamp--Position 94R4--shows traces of a previous entry from the 90¢ 1861 transfer roll, original gum, deep rich color in the characteristic dark “August” shade
* Philip H. Ward, Jr. (bought privately, estate sold to Weills, 1963)
* Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; collection sold privately to the Weills, 1968)
* Siegel Auction Galleries, 1969 Rarities of the World, 3/25/1969, Sale 350, lot 64
* Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr. (probably bought in 1969 Rarities of the World sale; collection sold privately in 1993)
* Siegel Auction Galleries, 1993 Rarities of the World, 11/20/1993, Sale 755, lot 105, to Levitt for Chapin
* John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to William H. Gross, 2002)
CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES
* Lester G. Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. II, p. 42
* Fine centering; some gum disturbance from hinge removal, short perfs and lightly creased along right side, slight thinning which does not affect Position 94R4, small hole in selvage clear of imprint
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