Sale 1108 — The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 29 September, 2015

Category — 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-104)

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Sale 1108, Lot 79, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-104)2c Black, Re-Issue (103). Choice centering for this difficult issue, intense shade and impression on bright paper, neat strike of oval grid duplex cancel of New York

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND AND CENTERED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK RE-ISSUE. ONLY 23 USED EXAMPLES ARE CONTAINED IN OUR CENSUS AND THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE IS UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE FINEST.

The 2c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). Only 979 of the 2c were sold; the remaining 9,021 were destroyed on July 16, 1884. The 2c plate can be easily identified by a spot on the cheek.

Our census of Scott 103 used, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/103/103.pdf , records 23 examples. It is known with a variety of cancels. Approximately half are sound. The stamp offered here, with a well-struck contemporary cancel, is one of the finest in existence.

Census No. 103-CAN-06. Ex Merlin. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $22,500.00)

15,000
10,000