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Sale 999 — The Beginning of Adhesive Postage in the United States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

Category — N.Y. Postmaster`s Provisionals - A.C.M. Initials With Periods

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
557
ng
Sale Number 999, Lot Number 557, N.Y. Postmaster`s Provisionals - A.C.M. Initials With PeriodsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b). Type B without the additional roll in the letter "C", Position 15, unused (no gum), huge margins three sides, full at top, detailed impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY CHOICE AND RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH THE A.C.M. SIGNATURE.

The A.C.M. initials with the periods are believed to have been written by Marcena Monson, brother of Alonzo C. Monson. In the February 1967 Siegel Lilly sale, this remarkable stamp realized the second highest price of any off-cover New York stamp, exceeded only by an original-gum example on Blue Wove. A review of Power Search failed to find another unused example in any condition.

Ex Caspary, Lilly and Grunin. With 1987 P.F. certificate

3,750
6,000
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