AN EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE I, POSITION 7R1E, SCOTT 5. THIS IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE 1,000 POSITIONS USED TO PRINT IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STAMPS THAT SHOWS THE COMPLETE DESIGN. ONLY THREE UNUSED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.
The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal contains 90 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There have been one or two additions to the Wagshal census, and there are probably no more than a few examples existing outside of the census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps regularly issued prior to the 1868 Grills.
Only three are recorded in unused condition:
5-UNC-01 -- Single, without gum, clear margins at top and left (no sheet margin at top), in to clear at left and bottom, sound, reattached to pair of Positions 8 and 9R1E, ex Ferrary, Hind and Burrus (as strip of three), Waterhouse (who separated the single), Heathcoate, Wunderlich, Dr. Test and Gross;
5-OG-02 -- Included in irregular block of eight (Positions 4-9/14-15R1E), with original gum, Position 7R1E affected by vertical crease ending in small tear and also light diagonal crease, ex Lapham and Dr. Kapiloff;
5-UNC-03 -- The stamp offered here, single, without gum, clear margins at top and left with top sheet margin, just in but identifiable margins at right and bottom, small surface scrape has been improved, few creases, discovered in 1998.
This extremely rare unused stamp was discovered in 1998 in an album of otherwise negligible value. It was certified and auctioned by the Kelleher firm in Boston, where it realized $55,000 hammer. It was then offered in a November 2000 Bennett sale, where it realized $80,000 hammer.
With 1998 P.F. certificate