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Sale 1024 — The Natalee Grace Collection of Used Stamps of the United States, Part One: 1847-1868 Issues

Sale Date — Thursday, 7 June, 2012

Category — 5c 1856 Issue, 10c 1855 Issue (Scott 12-16)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
47
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 47, 5c 1856 Issue, 10c 1855 Issue (Scott 12-16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16), 10c Green, Ty. IV (16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 3R1, recut at top, the misplaced relief position showing breaks in lines above each "X", huge even margins all around, well-struck vivid red grid cancel, fresh and bright color, fine impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE TYPE IV 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE FROM THE MISPLACED RELIEF POSITION -- THE ONLY RECUT POSITION ON THE RIGHT PANE OF THE PLATE. A STUNNING STAMP IN TERMS OF MARGINS, COLOR, CANCEL AND FRESHNESS OF PAPER.

The first 10c plate of 200 (left and right panes of 100) was laid down using a three-subject transfer roll with relief types A, B and C. The C Relief was used only for the bottom row (all Type I design). The A Relief (Type II design) was used to enter the entire second row, and the B Relief (Type III design) was used for the third row. This A/B alternating relief pattern was followed consistently for the fourth through ninth rows. The top row was entered with the A Relief, except for three positions: Positions 1 and 2 in the left pane, and Position 3 in the right pane. These “misplaced reliefs” are B Reliefs, and Positions 1L and 2L are Type III designs, while Position 3R was recut (Type IV).

Position 3R1, one of the three misplaced relief positions on the plate, is also one of eight recut (Type IV) positions and the only recut position on the entire right pane of the plate.

With 2000 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,850.00). Only two have graded higher to date, and we believe neither comes from this interesting position.

1,835
5,750
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