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Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 112, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 63-78)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Original gum, rich color, small natural inclusions at top right and bottom left not mentioned on certificate, Fine, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate

3,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
 
Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 113, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 63-78)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Choice centering, wide margins, deep color, Leaf cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1979 and 1998 P.F. certificates

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1861-66 Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 68, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-77), This is the only recorded plate number multiple of the 90¢ 1861-68 Issue, grilled or ungrilled, without Specimen overprint--a classic piece of outstanding importance and beauty

DESCRIPTION

90¢ Blue (72), horizontal strip of four (no gum) with "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 18 Plate." plate number at bottom, dark shade and intense impression, bright and fresh, centered to left

PROVENANCE

Henry G. Lapham (noted in article on display at The Collectors Club of New York, 10/6/1937, Collectors Club Philatelist)

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1975 Rarities of the World, 3/25/1975, Sale 468, lot 72

"Country Gentleman," Siegel Auction Galleries, 11/29-30/1972, Sale 422, lot 190

Daniel F. Kelleher sale, 1/30/1976, lot 271

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. 255 (illustrated on page 13)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1975)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine; few slightly short perfs at left

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$25,000.00 for this strip, which is the only one recorded, but it has not sold publicly for 43 years

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The First and Second Designs of the 1861 Issue

When the National Bank Note Company won the contract to print stamps, they had already designed the 1861 Issue, engraved the dies and made eight plates for each denomination, and printed sheets of "sample labels" to submit as part of the competitive bidding process.

The First Designs (1¢, 3¢, 5¢, 10¢, 12¢ and 90¢) and First Colors (24¢ and 30¢) were followed by a second set of stamps made from modified dies and plates. The differences between the first and second designs are very noticeable on the 3¢ and 12¢, but more subtle for the other four denominations. The 24¢ Dark Violet and 30¢ Red Orange colors are unlike any of the issued stamps. All were printed on a thin semitransparent stamp paper--some were gummed with a dark brownish gum and perforated. These stamps and the associated trial printings are listed in the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue in a separate section (pages 913-915 in the 2019 edition).

Only the 10¢ First Design (Type I) was issued through post offices. The others from the trial printing were distributed through other channels. The 3¢ exists in a much larger number than the others, and comes in various shades, which indicates that a cache was released from the printer's files. The 1¢, 5¢, 12¢, 24¢, 30¢ and 90¢ are great rarities, and the discoveries of examples in other countries suggests they were released through government Post Office notices of the new issue. For example, one complete set was discovered in Europe and sold in a 3/15/1906 Morgenthau auction of the Scholle collection.

The design of the 90¢ 1861 adopted the previous issue's Trumbull portrait of a youthful General Washington in uniform, but added "90" numerals to make the denomination more obvious. The same deep blue color was chosen for the top value, but the perforation gauge was changed from 15 to 12, and the holes were enlarged. It is believed that the new plates were made to widen the spaces between stamps to accommodate the larger perforation holes.

Two 90¢ plates were made: Plate 8 from the First Design die, and Plate 18 from the modified die. To the best of our knowledge, not a single example of the Plate 8 imprint exists in any form (proof, specimen or stamp). Only two Plate 18 stamp multiples are known: the strip of Scott 72 offered here and a plate block of eight with the "Specimen" overprint. Plate proofs on card with the imprint and plate number 18 are also known.

E. 30,000-40,000
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1861-66 Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 69, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-77), The finest known original-gum block of the 90¢ 1861 Issue

DESCRIPTION

90¢ Blue (72), block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, remarkably choice centering, beautiful bright shade on fresh paper, well-formed perforations all around

PROVENANCE

Private sale to Zoellner

Robert Zoellner, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8-10/1998, Sale 804, lot 192, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Zoellner)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1977)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; reinforced vertical perf separations

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$32,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Exception to the Rule

There are approximately ten blocks of the 90¢ 1861 with original gum that are centered strongly to upper left, have similar dark color, and have malformed perforation holes, the result of the pins failing to fully punch through the thick paper on which these stamps are printed. These 90¢ blocks undoubtedly came from the same sheet.

This block is unlike that group of off-center blocks. Its distinctive bright shade, precise centering and fully formed perforations are desirable characteristics not found among the other known multiples, except for one that no longer exists as a block. It is found in the Henry B. Close sale (Eugene Costales, 6/23-26/1952, lot 185), and was offered later in the 1969 Rarities of the World sale (Sale 350, lot 76). It has identical centering and color, and we are confident it joined the block offered here in the original sheet. It was divided into singles after its 1969 Rarities sale appearance.

The block in this sale was acquired by Robert Zoellner from our firm in a private transaction. When the Zoellner collection was offered in 1998, Mr. Gross was the buyer.

E. 20,000-30,000
26,000
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1133
PSE 98
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1133, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 67-78)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Radiant color and crisp impression, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, unobtrusive strike of large Boston "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Ex Merlin. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $13,000.00). Only one has graded higher and three others share this desirable grade.

600
7,000
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1134, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 67-78)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Deep dark color, three extra wide margins, cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1996 and 2002 P.F. certificates

575
500
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1661, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Extra wide margins and choice centering, rich color, large segmented cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

575
950
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 155, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Block of four, disturbed original gum, h.r. where few perf separations sensibly reinforced, deep rich color, bottom stamps horizontal crease, bottom left stamp small repair

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Fewer than ten unused blocks of four are recorded. Ex Caspary. With 1981 P.F. certificate

32,500
2,600
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1861-66 Issue
2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 156, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Block of 25, tied by cork cancels on piece of oversize parcel wrapper which also has part of a 2c Black Jack stamp, s.e. at left, scissors-separated at top causing perfs on right two stamps to be trimmed away, horizontal crease affects middle row, few other small faults

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM.

The largest recorded unused multiple is a block of eight. This block of 25 represents $22.50 in postage, which is the equivalent of $626 in today's dollars. A block of 20 is also known with similar centering on a similar piece, with different cancels (see our 1986 Rarities sale).

Ex Waterhouse and Ishikawa. Scott Retail as four blocks of four, four pairs and a single

25,575
7,500
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 157, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Used with 3c Rose (65) and 10c Green (68), tied by cork cancels on piece of 1866 cover to Hong Kong, China, addressed to Augustine Heard & Co., red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 24 Jan." circular datestamp, red London transit circular datestamp, red crayon rating, 10c with tear at right, piece with small patch at upper left, light file fold and waterstain not affecting stamps, Fine and attractive use on part of a cover to Hong Kong, with clear 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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