Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022

Category — 1c 1857 Issue (Scott 18-24)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
254
 
Sale 1255, Lot 254, 1c 1857 Issue (Scott 18-24)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, C Relief, unusually choice centering, pretty color, neat strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE I, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The defining characteristic of Type I is that the entire design is printed, including the scrolls and plumes at bottom. Among the plates used to print imperforate stamps, only one position out of 1,000 can claim that honor (Position 7R1E, Scott No. 5). Type I perforated stamps are only known from certain positions on Plate 12. Due to the narrow spacing between perforations and difficulties of production, this issue is usually found with part of the design cut off by the perforations. The example offered here, with rich color, a clear cancel and with the design characteristics clearly visible, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Kirke. With 1989 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and is shared by only seven others.

500
5,000