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Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Category — 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 3

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
66
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 66, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 31c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 51L3, large margins to just into plumes at bottom including left sheet margin with “ENGRAVERS, Phila. New York. Bo(ston)” portion of imprint, deep luxuriant color distinctive to stamps from Plate 3, tied by blue “Montpelier Vt. Sep. 14, 1857” circular datestamp on buff cover to Ripton Vt.

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ONE-CENT 1851 STAMP FROM PLATE 3 SHOWING A PORTION OF THE IMPRINT. ONLY ONE OTHER ON-COVER EXAMPLE IS RECORDED.

Any example of a 1c stamp from Plate 3 showing a portion of the imprint is rare. The Neinken book states that only one stamp is known showing any portion of the actual “3” plate number (ex Wagshal, offered in this sale as lot 67). This on-cover part imprint example is especially rare, and is reportedly one of only two recorded.

Ex Cipolla

E. 3,000-4,000
2,300
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