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United States
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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 65, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-77), This original-gum block of six is one of four recorded plate number multiples of the 24¢ 1861 in any shade, with or without grill

DESCRIPTION

24¢ Grayish Lilac (78a), vertical block of six from bottom of Plate 6 with half of "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK (NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK)" imprint and "No. 6 (Plate.)" plate number in selvage, original gum, crisp shade and sharp impression in the later 1863-66 shade and on thick paper of the later printings with characteristic "half-moon" perforations

PROVENANCE

T. Charlton Henry, Harmer, Rooke sale, 12/14-16/1960, lot 279 (as Scott 78), to Weill (for Phillips, listed in inventory as 78a)

Benjamin D. Phillips (collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1975 Rarities of the World, 3/25/1975, Sale 468, lot 77 (as Scott 78a)

"An Important Collection," Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/11/1979, Sale 286, lot 138 (as Scott 78a)

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. 252 as Scott 70a (illustrated on page 13)

Lester G. Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. II, fig. 85, page 56

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1981) as Scott 70a, which it is not

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine and choice; small hinge reinforcements, slight crease in selvage and top right stamp with trace of discoloration (not noted on certificate)

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$24,000.00 as ordinary block of four and pair of Scott 78

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Many Shades of the 24¢ 1861-68 Issue

The color chosen for the 24¢ stamp issued from 1861 through 1868 proved to be a challenge for the National Bank Note Company's plate printers and ink mixers. The early shades of Violet and Steel Blue gave way to Deep Red Lilac and the brighter tints of Brownish Lilac and Lilac. As printings continued in 1863, the shade turned grayer, until it reached Grayish Lilac and Gray. The stamps that were grilled in 1868 and 1869 (F Grill, Scott 99) are only known in these two shades of gray.

Due to the subjectiveness in assigning colors, this remarkable imprint and plate number block has been misidentified in the past. In the three auctions cited here, it was identified as Scott 78 (Lilac) or Gray Lilac (Scott 78a)--we agree with the latter classification. In 1981 the block was certified by The Philatelic Foundation as Brown Lilac, Scott 70a, which is in error. The Chapin census based the entry for this block (no. 252) on this incorrect certificate, but correctly listed the other two imprint and plate number multiples as Scott 78 (nos. 276, strip of four, and 276A, block of four).

Only one plate was used to print the 24¢ (Plate 6). If all 24¢ shades and the F Grill stamps are considered (excluding proofs and "Specimen" overprints), there are just four unused plate number multiples extant: the 24¢ F Grill (Scott 99) plate block sold in the Gross U.S. Treasures sale, this block of 6 (Scott 78a), a strip of four and a block of four in Grayish Lilac/Gray shades (Scott 78/78a).

E. 10,000-15,000
18,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1143
PSE 85J
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1143, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 67-78)24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Jumbo margins, fresh color, face-free grid and trace of red cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $750.00)

440
450
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1685, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Intense shade and impression, perfect strike of 16-Segment Rosette in Circle fancy cancel of Ripon Wis. (S-E GE-R5), Extremely Fine strike, a stamp with fantastic visual appeal, with 2004 P.F. certificate

400
500
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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 176, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Block of four, original gum, h.r., detailed impression, top right stamp single short perf and toned spot, few minor perf separations

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT GRAYISH LILAC, SCOTT 78a. VERY FEW BLOCKS ARE KNOWN.

The 24c Grayish Lilac is an incredibly rare stamp in choice original-gum condition. It is also rare as a multiple, since most have been broken to feed demand for singles. We have offered only one other since 1994.

Unlisted in Scott as a block. Scott Retail as the normal Lilac shade

18,000
2,900
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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 177, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Block of four, crisp impression nicely complemented by red quartered cork cork cancels, light horizontal crease at top, top left stamp small ink erosion hole, otherwise Fine and scarce used block, this is the first used block we have offered since 2002, unlisted in Scott as a block, Scott Retail as normal Scott 78 shade block of four

2,750
1,700
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2018-03-07
The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
39
PSE 90
 
Sale Number 1174, Lot Number 39, 1861-68 Issues (Scott 63-97)24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Outstanding centering, rich color on bright white paper, neat Philadelphia circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,000.00)

400
700
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2017-06-27
2017 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 96, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Original gum, choice centering with well-balanced margins all around, beautiful bright color

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1863 ISSUE.

This shade is particularly difficult to obtain in sound, centered and original-gum condition. A Power Search of our sale records will confirm this statement.

Ex Hansen. With 1995 P.S.E. and 1974, 1994 and 2004 P.F. certificates

2,900
2,100
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1417, 1861-68 Issues24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Vertical pair, deep rich color, tied by light strikes of target and indistinct circular datestamp on legal-size cover to Shaftesbury, England, red "6 Cents" credit handstamp, March 8, 1866 receiving backstamp, bottom stamp toned spot and short perf at left, top stamp light corner crease at top right, cover with some wrinkling, otherwise Very Fine, scarce franking

E. 500-750
250
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2016-04-07
The Hanover Collection of Superb-Quality U.S. Stamps-Part One
37°
PSE 90
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Sale Number 1122, Lot Number 37, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 63-78)24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Original gum, lightly hinged, lovely warm shade on bright paper, far better centering than normally seen on this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1863 ISSUE IN THE GRAYISH LILAC SHADE.

This shade is particularly difficult to obtain in sound, centered and original-gum condition. A Power Search of our sale records and a review of P.S.E. Population Report numbers will confirm this statement.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $7,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it. It is also the only example graded above a 75.

2,900
8,500
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1861-66 Issue
2015-12-17
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4107, 1861-68 Issue24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Horizontal pair, used with 3c Rose (65) horizontal pair slightly overlapping, tied by geometric cancels with light New York Am. Pkt. circular datestamp on 1866 folded cover to Canton, China, sender's directive "via Marseilles", red crayon "32" credit, red "1d" British colonial credit handstamp and red London Paid transit datestamp, Hong Kong backstamp, Very Fine, a handsome cover, overpaid 1c for the 53c British Mail rate via Marseille, with 1996 Richter certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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