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United States
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
United States
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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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
1998-05-09
1998 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 800, Lot Number 288, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Block of six, clear and sharp impression on bright paper, full original gum, lightly hinged, centered to left

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1866 ISSUE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED BLOCKS OF SIX.

The other block of six, ex Ishikawa, has a natural straight edge at left. The largest recorded multiple is a block of twelve, without gum and off-center.

With 1994 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a block of four and a pair

17,350
5,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
1997-05-06
1997 Rarities of the World
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15c Black (77). Bottom sheet margin block of four with part of imprint, full original gum, bottom pair Mint N.H., fresh and Fine block, extremely rare

15,000
6,250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
1995-03-22
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 765, Lot Number 589, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Left sheet margin block of twelve, selvage tab at top left neatly replaced, fresh condition and free of any faults

This block was sold to its previous owner, Mr. Rudolf Wunderlich, by our firm. The block was acquired in Kansas City by the late Robert A. Siegel many years ago. Illustrated in the 1976 Interphil Catalog.

This Fine block is by far the largest known multiple of this stamp, which is scarce in block form of any size. Ex Wunderlich, Klein

29,300
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
1993-11-20
1993 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 755, Lot Number 123, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Horizontal block of six, full original gum, fine impression, perfs just slightly in, still Fine for this rare block

15,200
5,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
1982-04-24
1982 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 596, Lot Number 218, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Block, Remarkably Well-Centered, o.g., hinge remnant, small faults, Probably The Finest of the Very Few Blocks Known

14,000
11,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
1967-02-02
The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Part One
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15c Black (77). Horiz. Block of Six, Centered, Magnificent Color & Impression, fresh, full o.g., wide s. e. at L., one short perf., otherwise Extremely Fine, no large blocks of this stamp are known. A Marvelous Showpiece, Ex Caspary

885
1,200
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