Sale 1032 — The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 October, 2012
Category — 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26A)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE I. VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THIS CHOICE CENTERED CONDITION.
The perforated Type I stamps were produced from C Relief positions on Plate 12. Almost all of the C Relief positions have complete designs at the top and bottom. Position 56L12 is a “Quasi-Type Ia” with complete bottom plumes, but the top of the design is incomplete. This stamp has complete plumes at bottom, yet the top right is almost completely missing. Dick Celler has identified this stamp as coming from Position 88R12, but other examples of this position show the top right fully engraved.
With 2005 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded.