FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE CANCELLED SOLELY BY A RED CORK.
As mentioned previously for the 24c and 30c values, the bicolor 1869 Pictorials are very desirable cancelled in red. The 90c is rare as such and Scott assigns a $1,000.00 premium for a red cancel.
With 1989 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
These high-denomination stamps were typically used on mail to foreign countries or on heavy registered letters. They were often heavily cancelled by postal clerks to make sure they were not reused. The example offered here, with a very light cancel, is a rare exception to the rule.
Ex Dr. Graves ("Argentum"), "Natalee Grace" and Morton. 2013 P.S.E. certificate no longer accompanies (XF 90; SMQ $4,500.00). With 1983, 2009 and 2020 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). In the Morton sale catalogue we stated we were surprised this was not graded higher than 90 by P.S.E. The new XF-Superb 95 P.F. certificate confirms our view on the centering and freshness of this stamp
VERY FINE AND CHOICE SOUND AND CENTERED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 1975 and 2004 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A FRESH 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL CANCELLED IN RED.
With 1974, 1996 and 2002 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
The 90c 1869 Pictorial is widely admired for its beautiful engraving and dignified portrait of Abraham Lincoln. However, collectors have been frustrated in their efforts to acquire choice examples of this issue. Used 90c stamps are typically heavily cancelled, because the high denomination was cause for postal clerks to thoroughly obliterate any chance for re-use.
With 2018 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)