Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States
Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998
Category — Twenty-Four Cents to Ninety Cents 1857-60 Issue
FINE-VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 24-CENT 1860 BLOCK--ONE OF THE LARGEST AND ARGUABLY THE FINEST MULTIPLE EXTANT.
Ex Caspary and Klein (where it realized $26,400 versus $14,500 Scott value in 1989). Scott Retail for four blocks and two pairs
EXTREMELY FINE. BLOCKS OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ARE CONSIDERABLY RARER USED THAN UNUSED.
Ex Emerson and Neinken
A FINE AND SPECTACULARLY LARGE MULTIPLE. THE LARGEST RECORDED UNUSED BLOCK OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
Ex Caspary and Bechtel. Scott Retail as three blocks, four pairs and single
EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP AND VERY RARE USE. MAGNIFICENT QUALITY AND MOST UNUSUAL WITH THE 30-CENT 1860 STAMP TIED BY THE RED FOREIGN EXCHANGE OFFICE DATESTAMP.
Illustrated in Brookman Vol. I (p. 260). Ex Grunin. Signed Ashbrook
EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR AND A BEAUTIFUL QUADRUPLE-RATE COVER TO FRANCE. PROBABLY THE FINEST PAIR OF 30-CENT 1860 STAMPS USED ON COVER.
Ex Caspary and Grunin (where it realized $13,200 in 1987)
VERY FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE SHORT-LIVED 90-CENT 1860 - THE FIRST UNITED STATES 90-CENT ISSUE.
The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. Most unused multiples probably come from supplies recovered from Southern post offices.
Illustrated in Brookman Vol. I (p. 264). Ex West and Bechtel
FINE STAMP AND ONE OF THE FEW EXAMPLES OF THE SHORT-LIVED 90-CENT 1860 CANCELLED BY A YEAR-DATED TOWN DATESTAMP.
The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a large volume of mail franked with those values of the 1857-61 series. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare. Approximately 180 used examples have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation, of which one-quarter are sound. Very few are cancelled by the town datestamp.
With 1986 P.F. certificate. 1861 year date premium unpriced in Scott--value for ordinary cancel