Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States

Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998

Category — Ten-Cent 1855 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
69
 
Sale 804, Lot 69, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13). Position 94R1, huge margins including part of bottom sheet margin, marvelous deep rich color, early proof-like impression, lightly cancelled by town datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb Type I stamp, ex Sheriff

775
2,300
70
c
Sale 804, Lot 70, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13). Position 91R1, bottom left corner position with large part of sheet margin, rich color, fine impression, tied by lightly struck "Milford Conn." circular datestamp on buff cover to San Francisco

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY FULL CORNER COPY--PROBABLY THE FINEST SINGLE 10-CENT TYPE I EXISTING ON COVER.

Ex Grunin. Signed Ashbrook

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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71
c
Sale 804, Lot 71, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13). Positions 98-100L1, a superb horizontal strip of three from bottom right corner of the left pane, huge margins all around, intense shade and proof-like impression from an early state of the plate, beautiful greenish cast to paper, tied by two neat strikes of "New Orleans La. Aug. 29, 1857" circular datestamp on folded cover to Paris, France, red "Boston Sep. 9 Paid 24" credit datestamp for double treaty rate, French transit datestamp, merchant's blue oval handstamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STRIP AND AN IMMACULATE TREATY-RATE COVER. UNQUESTIONABLY THE FINEST TYPE I MULTIPLE KNOWN ON COVER.

This August 1857 cover is a late use of the imperforate 10c stamp, which was issued in mid-1855 and available in perforated form as early as July 1857. However, the strip shows an extremely early impression and shade, which one would not expect to find two years after the original printing. Likewise, the existence of perforated 10c stamps with similar color and impression is further evidence that sheets from the earliest printing of the 10c 1855 were on hand in mid-1857. The practical reason for this anachronistic use of early impressions is the stack principle of production, whereby the first sheets off the press were stacked toward the bottom, and the last sheets were placed on top. Thus, the early printings might be issued or run through the perforating machine much later, as in this case.

Illustrated and cited in Ashbrook's article on the Newbury collection (Stamp Specialist, 1941). Also illustrated in Brookman Vol. I (p. 161). Ex Newbury and Grunin

E. 20,000-30,000
20,000
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72
 
Sale 804, Lot 72, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Position 33L1, huge margins all around, attractive yellowish shade, cancelled by Sacramento Cal. datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Levi

225
425
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73
 
Sale 804, Lot 73, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Position 78R1, large to enormous margins all around, beautiful impression and color, tied by "Marblehead Mass." circular datestamp on small piece, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Levi

225
260
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74
 
Sale 804, Lot 74, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Positions 14-16R1, horizontal strip of three, enormous margins all around, beautiful early impression and deep rich color, lightly cancelled by town datestamps, Extremely Fine Gem strip, ex Filstrup and Levi

725
1,300
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75
c
Sale 804, Lot 75, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Position 10L1, top right corner position with full sheet margins showing centerline at right, full margins on other sides, intense dark shade, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 20 Dec." circular datestamp on cover to Monticello S.C.

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE, PERAHPS UNIQUE, TYPE II CORNER MARGIN COPY ON COVER.

Ex Grunin

E. 4,000-5,000
3,500
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76
bl
Sale 804, Lot 76, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. III/II (15/14). Positions 42-47/52-57R1, horizontal block of twelve, top row Type III, bottom row Type II, huge margins all around, exceptionally dark shade, grid cancels, slight creasing mainly in top row has been pressed and does not affect appearance, Pos. 56 small thin spot

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS MAGNIFICENT USED BLOCK IS THE THIRD LARGEST 10-CENT 1855 MULTIPLE RECORDED.

There are fifteen recorded blocks of the 10c 1855 imperforate, of which twelve are used. Ex Caspary (where it realized $2,800 in 1956) and Levi

12,000
13,000
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77
 
Sale 804, Lot 77, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. II/III (14/15). Positions 77/87R1, vertical pair, top stamp Type II, bottom Type III, huge margins including portion of adjoining stamp below, clear to ample at top, deep shade and fine impression, lightly struck New Orleans datestamp, Very Fine to Extremely Fine combination pair, ex Consul Klep and Levi

500
675
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78
 
Sale 804, Lot 78, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. III/II/III (15/14/15). Positions 61/71/81L1, vertical strip of three, top and bottom stamps Type III, center Type II, large even margins, blue "Clarksville Ten. Jul. 14, 1858" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem multiple, ex Levi

725
1,200
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79
 
Sale 804, Lot 79, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (15). Position 27L1, large even margins all around, marvelous deep rich color and early impression, neatly cancelled by New Orleans datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Levi

225
260
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80
 
Sale 804, Lot 80, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (15). Position 46R1, large to huge margins, proof-like impression and rich color, tied by perfect strike of "Essex Vt. Jun. 3" circular datestamp on piece, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Levi

225
300
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81
 
Sale 804, Lot 81, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (15). Positions 1L and 2L1, two singles originally forming a pair, each has large margins all around, wonderful deep rich color, neat "Paid" cancels, bit of red circular datestamp at left, Extremely Fine Gems and a lovely pair, ex Levi

500
675
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82
c
Sale 804, Lot 82, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (15). Position 1L1, the misplaced relief B instead of A--the only Type III corner position possible (others are Types I or II)--a superb stamp with huge portion of corner sheet margins, enormous margins on other sides, rich color, fine impression, tied by large "Michigan Bluff Cal." double-line circular datestamp with ms. Feb. 1 date on blue folded cover to Washington D.C., ms. "Due 10" for weight over half ounce

EXTREMELY FINE. QUITE POSSIBLY A UNIQUE CORNER MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 10-CENT TYPE III STAMP ON COVER.

Ex Grunin

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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83
 
Sale 804, Lot 83, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 64L1, recut at top and bottom, large to huge margins, rich color, virtually face-free cancel by town datestamp--also leaving recut lines unobscured--fresh and bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE TYPE IV POSITION, SHOWING LINES RECUT AT TOP AND BOTTOM.

Ex Hindes. With 1962 P.F. certificate

1,700
4,000
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84
 
Sale 804, Lot 84, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Positions 54-56L1, horizontal strip of three containing pair of Type IV (Pos. 54-55, both recut at bottom) and Type II at right, large to huge margins, beautiful rich color and fine early impression, two neat strikes of town datestamp leaving designs unobscured

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STRIP. MULTIPLES OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE. THIS SUPERB STRIP IS ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN.

Ex Mayer and Sheriff. Scott Retail as pair of Type IV and single Type II

3,975
5,500
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85
c
Sale 804, Lot 85, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (15-15-16). Positions 62-64L1, horizontal strip of three containing Type IV recut at top and bottom, marvelous condition with huge even margins all around, bright shade, used with 12c Black (17), large margins, intense shade and impression, the strip and single tied by lightly struck ultramarine "Andover Ill. Feb. 25" (1856) circular datestamps on buff cover to Sweden, prepaid 42c rate via Prussian Closed Mail, red New York transit backstamp and "19" credit handstamp, red "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp also ties strip, German and Swedish transits including Helsingborg datestamp clearly struck on front, the stamps and envelope are in perfect condition

EXTREMELY FINE. CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE FINEST KNOWN COVER WITH THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV AND WIDELY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING OF ALL 1851 ISSUE COVERS. IT WAS THE PROMINENT ITEM OF THE NEINKEN COLLECTION, AS WELL AS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GRUNIN 1851-57 COLLECTION.

Illustrated and discussed in the Neinken 10c book (p. 167). Ex Neinken and Grunin

E. 50,000-75,000
90,000
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86
c
Sale 804, Lot 86, Ten-Cent 1855 Issue10c Green, Ty. II-II-IV (14-14-16). Positions 1-3R1, horizontal strip of three with Type IV (recut at top) as the right stamp, used with Type II sheet-margin single, all have rich color and mostly large margins, the strip has a large portion of top sheet margin, tied by "New Orleans La. Dec. 16" circular datestamp on 1856 folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, from the Hargous correspondence, "4" reales internal due handstamp, minor paper flaws around file fold at left do not affect stamps or overall appearance

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION STRIP CONTAINING THE RARE TYPE IV POSITION 3R--THE ONLY RECUT POSITION WITH A SHEET MARGIN--AND AN ATTRACTIVE QUADRUPLE-RATE USAGE TO MEXICO.

Of the eight positions recut on the 10c plate, seven come from interior positions in the left pane. Only Position 3 was recut in the right pane, and it is the only Type IV position possible with a sheet margin.

Ex Grunin

E. 7,500-10,000
3,750
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