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1861-66 Issue
2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
 
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 432, Fancy Cancellations—Waterbury, Connecticut, Extraordinary example of the rare Waterbury Masonic Square and Compass on the 15¢ 1866 issue

Masonic Square and Compass, Waterbury, Connecticut (Rohloff O-4), perfect strike showing the entire design on 15¢ Black (77), small thin spots at top and lower left, few short perfs at left not noted on accompanying certificate, otherwise Extremely Fine, fancy cancels on the 15¢ stamp are extremely rare, this perfect strike of a Waterbury design is truly spectacular, ex Eno, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 512, 1861-1866 Issue, 1861 and 1869 mixed-issue franking on a beautiful registered cover to Switzerland

15¢ Black (77), used with 5¢ Brown (76) and 3¢ Ultramarine (114), 3¢ with choice centering, tied by quartered cork cancels, "Brooklyn N.Y. Nov. 4" (1869) circular datestamp on registered cover to Zurich, Switzerland, "REGISTERED" straightline handstamp applied at Brooklyn, small "PD" handstamp, red "New York Registered Nov. 6" circular datestamp, "CHARGEE" framed registry handstamp applied in Switzerland, Basel and Zurich backstamps, Very Fine and extremely rare mixed franking with 1861 and 1869 Issue stamps paying the 15¢ Closed Mail rate to Switzerland via England and 8¢ registry fee

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
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 73, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-77), The finest known original-gum block of the 1866 15¢ Lincoln Memorial Issue

DESCRIPTION

15¢ Black (77), block of six from right pane with interpane margin at left, original gum, lightly hinged, wonderfully choice centering with bottom row superb, intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper

PROVENANCE

George H. Worthington, J. C. Morgenthau sale, 8/21-23/1917, lot 317

Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 11/19-21/1956, lot 220, to Cole (for Lilly)

Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/2/1967, Sale 312, lot 157

Arthur Hetherington, "Quality" collection, H. R. Harmer sale, 6/5/1980, lot 579

Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 475, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1993)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; top right stamp has one short perf (not noted on certificate)

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$42,500.00 as a block and pair

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 1866 Lincoln Memorial Issue

The national year of mourning for Abraham Lincoln came to an end on April 14, 1866. During that period, many appeals were made to postal officials to issue a stamp with Lincoln's likeness. In October 1865 the first stamp to portray the martyred president was issued--the 25¢ Newspapers and Periodicals (PR3)--but that stamp was intended for use on bundles of newspapers distributed by publishers, not on ordinary letter mail. The first regular postage stamp honoring Lincoln is the 15¢ Black (Scott 77), issued on April 14, 1866. This date has been established through analysis of contemporary sources, but was not a "first day of issue" in the philatelic sense.

The Lincoln stamp was designed by James Macdonough of the National Bank Note Company. The vignette, adapted from photographic portraits taken by C. S. German in 1861 and Matthew Brady in 1862, was engraved by Joseph P. Ourdan (1828-1881). Ourdan was a highly-skilled engraver who later became chief of the Engraving Division of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The frame was engraved by William D. Nichols. The stamps were printed from Plate 41 in sheets of 200 (two panes of 100). A total of 2,139,000 of the 1866 stamps were issued.

Today, the largest known unused multiple of Scott 77 (the ungrilled stamp) is a block of 12 without gum. The largest known multiple with original gum is a block of six, represented by two recorded blocks. The block offered here is by far the better centered of the two, and, in fact, is superior to the few surviving blocks of four.

E. 15,000-20,000
20,000
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1140
PSE 98
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1140, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 67-78)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually wide and balanced margins for this difficult issue, neat strike of segmented grid cancel and also trace of red transit cancel at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN IN EXISTENCE. THIS STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY ONE OTHER.

The 1866 15c Lincoln is one of the most difficult denominations to obtain in such choice used condition. The most common barrier to a high grade is the size of the side margins, which are often narrow. The stamp offered here is the exception. It has wide and balanced margins on all four sides, a strong impression, and a neat cancel which leaves the entire design clearly visible.

Ex Merlin. With 2010 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $3,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade.

220
5,250
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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 1141, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 67-78)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Wide margins and well-centered, intense shade complemented by blue segmented cork cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1994 and 2005 P.F. certificates

185
425
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1682, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Choice centering, bold strike of elaborate New York Geometric cancel (S-E GE-E60), short perf at right not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

170
600
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1683, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Crisp impression on bright paper, red circular datestamp at left and ultramarine cork at center, Very Fine, very unusual with the ultramarine cancel, with 2004 P.F. certificate

320
375
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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 184, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Block of four, original gum, h.r., attractive centering, crisp impression, a few faults that are not immediately noticeable (including a nicked perf hole between top two stamps)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 15-CENT LINCOLN 1866 ISSUE.

This is the first block of any size we have offered since our 2004 Rarities sale, when we offered the largest known multiple, a block of twelve. This is the first block of four we have offered since 1997.

Ex Lozier and Sinkler. With 1987 P.F. certificate

32,500
3,500
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2018-10-25
United States and CSA Postal History
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Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2235, 5c 1861-68 Issues Specialized Collection: Brown Shades (Scott 76, 95)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Used with 1c Blue (63) and 5c Brown (76), tied by well-struck circle of V's cancels on blue 1868 folded cover to Naples, Italy, red New York circular datestamp also ties 1c, bold "P.D." handstamp, red "4" credit, light horizontal file fold well clear of stamps, Very Fine and unusual combination paying the 21c rate to Italy via French Mail, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
0
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2018-06-27
2018 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 43, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Original gum, intense shade and detailed impression, well-centered

VERY FINE. A FRESH AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN.

The 1866 15c Lincoln, which is regarded by many as the first U.S. commemorative stamp -- issued exactly one year after Lincoln's death -- is an exceedingly difficult issue to find in sound condition with original gum and choice centering. The statistics bear this out as only one original-gum example has been graded higher than F-VF 75 by P.S.E. -- a single hinged stamp graded XF 90.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate

4,750
10,000
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