30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Flags Inverted (121b).
Small part original gum, bright and fresh colors, unusually clear impressions, choice centering with perforations far from Eagle-and-Shield and Flags-and-Stars on all sides, small “W.H.C.” handstamp applied on back by Warren H. Colson
EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF THE SEVEN RECORDED UNUSED 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT STAMPS, AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE KNOWN WITH ORIGINAL GUM. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP THAT IS PERFECTLY MATCHED WITH THE 15-CENT 1869 INVERT OFFERED IN THIS SALE, BOTH OF WHICH WERE AMONG GEORGE H. WORTHINGTON’S MOST PRIZED PHILATELIC POSSESSIONS.
Exhibited in the Invited Exhibits section of Anphilex 1996 (New York City). Described and illustrated shortly after its reemergence and sale at Christie’s NY (Chronicle 151, August 1991).
Ex George H. Worthington (possibly from the Frederick W. Ayer collection), Alfred F. Lichtenstein and Steven C. Walske (see the following Sale History for additional past owners and sale information).
Siegel Census No. 121b-POG-07. Certified by The Philatelic Foundation in 1990 as “Genuine, with traces of gum” (certificate 232679, which no longer accompanies stamp). With 2013 P.F. certificate as “Genuine, with traces of original gum” with a grade of Very Fine-Extremely Fine 85. With 2013 Professional Stamp Experts certificate (1270179), which states “genuine unused, small part o.g.” with a grade of Very Fine-Extremely Fine 85, Mint POG. The Stamp Market Quarterly values the 30c Invert in VF-XF 85 No Gum grade at $660,000, but does not list a value for this Part Original Gum stamp.
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Click here for the history of the 30c 1869 Invert with part original gum: http://siegelauctions.com/2013/1052/30c_History.pdf
Click here for a census of the unused 30c 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts: http://siegelauctions.com/2013/1052/30c_Unused.pdf
Click here for a list of collectors who have completed sets of the unused 1869 Inverts: http://siegelauctions.com/2013/1052/1869_Collectors.pdf
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