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Sale 918 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 2: 1847-1869 Issues and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 September, 2006

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
65
og
Sale Number 918, Lot Number 65, 1869 Pictorial Issue90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color as fresh as the day it was printed, beautiful centering with unusually wide margins for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM WITH THE EXALTED P.S.E. GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

The 90c 1869 Pictorial is widely admired for its beautiful engraving and dignified portrait of Abraham Lincoln. However, collectors have been frustrated in their efforts to acquire choice examples of this issue. Used 90c stamps are typically heavily cancelled, because the high denomination was cause for postal clerks to thoroughly obliterate any chance for re-use. Naturally, the significant monetary value of 90c in 1869 limited the number of unused stamps that would be saved for future collectors. Therefore, the collector ideals of "well-centered with original gum" and "lightly cancelled" are seldom obtainable in the available supply of 90c 1869's. The stamp offered here, with lightly hinged original gum and choice centering, probably ranks among the top 1% of surviving 90c 1869's in unused state.

With 1997 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $44,000.00)

12,000
90,000
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