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Sale 811 — 1999 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 May, 1999

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
114°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 114, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Top left corner margin block of seventeen showing part imprint at top, unused (no gum) except few traces on left stamps, rich color, some perf separations expertly rejoined

FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Multiples larger than blocks of four of the 2c 1869 Pictorial are rare. Scott Retail as blocks, pairs and single (with gum)

8,450
0
115°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 115, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Right sheet margin block of fifty showing arrow, natural s.e. at left, disturbed original gum, clear grill points, bottom left stamp creased, some perf separations

FINE-VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Scott Retail as blocks of four

20,625
0
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116
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 116, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine (115), 6c Ultramarine (115)6c Ultramarine (115). Square-shaped block of sixteen, full original gum, center block of four Mint N.H., other stamps lightly hinged, few sensibly reinforced perf separations, spot on back of one stamp in bottom row

FINE AND RARE BLOCK -- THIS IS THE LARGEST-SIZE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL MULTIPLE. A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION PIECE.

Two unused blocks of sixteen of the 6c 1869 Pictorial are recorded -- the other block, with better centering and small faults, realized $55,000 in our October 1998 Zoellner sale. Scott Retail as blocks of four with no premium for Mint N.H. stamps

35,000
17,000
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117°
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 117, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine (115), 6c Ultramarine (115)6c Ultramarine (115). Well-centered, bright color, neat brilliant green target cancel, Extremely Fine and choice, incalculably rare with the green cancel, with 1998 P.F. certificate

675
2,200
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118°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 118, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Original gum, bright color, well-centered, post-office fresh, Extremely Fine and choice, with 1998 P.F. certificate

1,600
3,250
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119°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 119, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Well-centered, negligible perf toning, tied by bold "St. Louis Mo. Aug. 27" circular datestamp and circle of wedges cancel on small cover simply addressed "To the Government of China, Kingkitao", carried to the Far East by P.M.S.S. contract vessel, thus no other markings necessary

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED 1869 PICTORIAL COVER ADDRESSED TO KOREA AND ONE OF THE EARLIEST PIECES OF MAIL DIRECTED TO KOREA.

In the 1869 period, Korea was isolated from other countries and communicated only through Chinese diplomatic channels. Kingkitao was the Chinese name for their administrative district in west-central Korea in the Pyonggi-do Province. This cover to Kingkitao was probably carried to Hong Kong by a P.M.S.S. contract vessel -- other 10c 1869 covers to Japan or China via P.M.S.S. steamers also lack transit markings -- and from Hong Kong it travelled via diplomatic courier into Korean territory. At various times in the 1860's and early 1870's, American missionaries and adventurers who had made their way into Korea were killed. This cover may have contained a plea for information related to Americans in Korea.

E. 7,500-10,000
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120°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 120, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of twenty with right sheet margin, Positions 46-50/56-60/66-70/76-80, marvelous rich colors and impression, slightly disturbed original gum, h.r., centered to bottom right, perf separations sensibly reinforced, creases affect center two rows

ONE OF THE LARGEST 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL BLOCKS IN EXISTENCE. THIS BLOCK ORIGINALLY COMES FROM THE UNUSED BLOCK OF FIFTY, WHICH WAS LAST SEEN INTACT IN THE 1920'S AND WAS BROKEN INTO SMALLER UNITS SOME TIME AGO.

There are no more than four known unused blocks of twenty. The best-centered block is a left margin block of twenty and was offered in our 1997 rarities sale, where it realized $68,750. The second recorded block is a poorly centered bottom right corner margin imprint and plate no. block of twenty, ex Ackerman, which has not been seen for some time. A third block of twenty exists showing right sheet margin, ex Worthington and Caspary. The fourth recorded block of twenty is offered in this sale.

Scott Retail as four blocks of four and two pairs

54,000
0
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121
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 121, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Unused (no gum), bright colors, wide well-balanced margins all around, trivial natural wood fiber inclusion at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. RARE WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.

The 24c 1869 Pictorial is notoriously difficult to find well-centered. With 1983 P.F. certificate

3,250
1,700
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122°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 122, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Unused (no gum), well-centered, beautiful colors and proof-like impression on bright paper, Very Fine, the 24c 1869 Pictorial is quite elusive in such condition, with 1985 P.F. certificate

3,250
0
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123°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 123, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Block of four with right sheet margin, original gum with very slight disturbance from hinge removal, bright colors and very fresh, centered to top, few perf separations expertly and sensibly reinforced

ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED UNUSED BLOCKS OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL.

Our records of 24c 1869 unused multiples include three blocks of four a block of nine and a block of six. It is doubtful that any other blocks exist. Ex Bechtel

30,000
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124
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 124, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Unused (few traces of original gum), incredibly rich colors, well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 1990 P.F. certificate

3,250
1,500
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125°
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 125, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Wide margins, cancelled solely by well-struck red "1d" British rate handstamp that was usually applied to the cover itself to indicate postage due from colonial British post offices, this is the only stamp we have seen with the "1d" as the only cancellation, Extremely Fine, ex Grunin

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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126°
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 126, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Well-centered, bright colors, bold U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine and choice, with 1998 P.F. certificate declining opinion on the origin of the cancel, our own research of 1869 issue stamps and covers convinces us that this is one of the distinctive cancels used at Shanghai

500
1,500
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127°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 127, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Block of four, bright colors, black ink "brushstroke" cancel typical of most used multiples but much lighter, also trace of magenta cancel, bottom right stamp corner crease

VERY FINE. AN UNUSUALLY CHOICE USED BLOCK OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Of the used multiples recorded, this block is the most attractive

3,250
2,000
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128°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 128, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Without Grill (121a), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Without Grill (121a)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Without Grill (121a). Block of four, original gum, h.r., deep rich colors, bottom left and top right stamps trivial natural inclusions

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL. ONE OF PERHAPS FIVE OR SIX MULTIPLES KNOWN.

There are at least five, and perhaps six or seven, blocks of the 30c 1869 Without Grill. The two known top sheet-margin multiples show that the flag plate, printed in blue, was missing the plate number that later appears on proof impressions. There is no record of a second flag plate being made, so the use of an unnumbered plate almost certainly indicates a printing that pre-dates the regular issue.

32,500
0
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129°
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 129, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Tied by circle of wedges and used with three singles of 2c Brown (113) tied slightly overlapping each other and 30c stamp on cover to Torino, Italy, red "New-York Paid All Br. Transit Apr. 30" circular datestamp, transit (Milano 14 May 1870) and receiving backstamps, carried aboard the Cunarder Nemesis which departed New York on April 30 and arrived at Queenstown on May 9, cover with two small tears at top

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 30-CENT 1869 COVERS TO ITALY.

The correct double rate was 38c. It is possible that this cover has had a fourth 2c stamp removed from near the 30c stamp, although accompanying 1975 P.F. certificate states "genuine"

E. 20,000-30,000
21,000
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130
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 130, 1869 Pictorial Issue90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Unused (no gum), beautiful deep color and sharp proof-like impression, very well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. VERY RARE WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.

With 1990 P.F. certificate

4,250
6,250
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