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Sale 1036 — The David W. Gorham Collection

Sale Date — Monday, 10 December, 2012

Category — 1861 Issue First Designs and Colors (Scott 56-66)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
110
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Sale Number 1036, Lot Number 110, 1861 Issue First Designs and Colors (Scott 56-66)24c Dark Violet, First Color (60), 24c Dark Violet, First Color (60)24c Dark Violet, First Color (60). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade in the true Dark Violet First Color, remarkably detailed impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT DARK VIOLET EARLY TRIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE 24-CENT 1861-63 ISSUE SHADES.

The Dark Violet trial printing and Violet regular issue shades are often confused, and the Scott Catalogue adds to the confusion by putting the Dark Violet (the old Scott 60) in the Trial Color Proofs section as 70TCe, while the Violet gets a front seat as Scott 70c. In our opinion, there is no good reason to relegate the Dark Violet to the Trial Color Proof section. As a result, the stamp offered here is undercatalogued in relation to other 24c stamps of equal rarity. For example, Scott 70c has a value of $35,000.00 versus Scott 70TCe at $15,000.00.

Ex Whitman. With 1986, 1995 and 2009 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)

15,000
16,500
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