Sale 968 — The Alan B. Whitman Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 27-28 January, 2009

Category — 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
27
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Sale 968, Lot 27, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Original gum, described as Mint Never-Hinged on P.F. certificate, but the new P.S.E. certificate states previously hinged due to three tiny natural gum irregularities and a very faint fingerprint in one corner—we have seen the same kind of natural gum blemishes on large N.H. blocks and sheets of 1851-57 Issues, so it seems grossly unfair to disqualify this stamp as Mint N.H. because of them—deep rich Plate 4 color and proof-like impression on bright paper, showing clear breaks at top and bottom (the defining characteristic of the type), the gum is pristine and, as noted, has a few small natural skips and faint fingerprint

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE III. VERY FEW EXIST IN ANY TYPE OF ACCEPTABLE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. IN OUR OPINION AND THE OPINION OF THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION, THIS STAMP IS MINT NEVER-HINGED.

With 1990 and 1995 P.F. certificates (as Mint N.H.), and 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, F-VF 75). Scott Retail as hinged.

17,500
16,000