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)
FINE-VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Scott Retail as blocks of four
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
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.
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
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
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
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 1990 P.F. certificate
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
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.
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"
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. VERY RARE WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.
With 1990 P.F. certificate