EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT BROWN LILAC WITH A NEAT BLUE TARGET CANCEL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95.
Ex Haas, Grunin, Klein and Zoellner. With 1988, 1998 and 2017 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2018 P.S.A.G. certificate (95). By way of comparison, only two stamps in the P.S.E. Population Report exceed the 95 grade. This P.F. and P.S.A.G. example graded 95 is particularly desirable with the colored cancel
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 4-CENT 1883 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SPECIAL PRINTING. ONLY 26 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of the 4c 1883 Special Printing, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/211D , contains 26 stamps offered as No. 211D, of which 25 have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation. Post Office Department records indicate that only 26 were sold. Of the known copies, at least five have small faults. Very few are as well centered as the example offered here.
Census No. 211D-UNC-23. Ex Colonel Green, Dr. Test (“Concord”) and Lyons. With 1984 and 1998 P.F. certificates. Eugene Klein handstamp on back of selvage
VERY FINE. A LOVELY 10-CENT AND 3-CENT 1869 ISSUE FRANKING, PAYING THE 14-CENT DIRECT RATE TO SWEDEN BY NORTH GERMAN UNION MAIL.
No. 384 in the Laurence census in Ten-Cent 1869 Covers. Ex Klein
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK, EITHER UNUSED OR USED, OF THE 1861 5-CENT IN THE BROWN YELLOW COLOR. ONLY THREE BLOCKS OF FOUR ARE KNOWN FOR BOTH THE BUFF AND BROWN YELLOW SHADES, AND NONE ARE SOUND. A GREAT RARITY OF THE ISSUE.
We are aware of three blocks of four of either Scott 67 or 67a. None are known for Scott 67b. The blocks are: 1) Scott 67 with original gum, bottom stamps with crease and one stamp small repair, ex Ishikawa; 2) Scott 67 with blue grid cancels, perfs expertly rejoined, ex Zoellner; and 3) Scott 67a, pen cancels, small faults, ex Klein, the block offered here. The Philatelic Foundation has only certified the one unused block.
Ex Klein. Scott Catalogue does not list a block in the Brown Yellow shade. Scott Retail as Scott 67
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE BROWN LILAC SHADE. PERHAPS THREE OR FOUR EXIST.
We would have lost a bet if asked about the rarity of unused blocks of Scott 70 or 70a before trying to answer the question of how many exist. The collections that are famous for blocks -- Caspary, Lilly, Ishikawa and Klein -- did not have any Red Lilac or Brown Lilac unused blocks. Only one other is contained in Power Search.
With 2004 P.S.E. certificate
FINE CENTERING AND BRILLIANT COLOR. ONLY TWO UNUSED BLOCKS OF THE 5-CENT RED BROWN ARE KNOWN, BOTH SIMILARLY CENTERED.
There is one other unused block of the 5c Red Brown, with original gum and similar centering, ex Klein and Zoellner and currently in a private collection. Scott Retail as a block of four with original gum