Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii
Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003
Category — 1857-60 Issue
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL AND PRISTINE COVER BEARING THE RARE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IA PERFORATED ISSUE. VERY FEW EXIST WITH A STAMP OF THIS QUALITY.
Please see Chronicle 199 (August 2003) for an article documenting the Armitage correspondence. With 2002 A.P.S. certificate
THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED DATE OF USE OF POSITION 99R2 -- THE ONE-CENT TYPE III -- WHICH THE SCOTT CATALOGUE LISTS SEPARATELY, BOTH IMPERFORATE AND PERFORATED, IN RECOGNITION OF ITS EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTERISTICS.
This cover from the Armitage correspondence is the basis of the Scott-listed Earliest Documented Use of No. 21, Position 99R2, on October 27, 1857. The EDU for any perforated 1c stamp from Plate 2 is July 26, 1857. According to our records, only three covers are known with Position 99R2: a single, ex Ishikawa and Zoellner, a strip containing 99R2, and the Armitage cover offered here. The Scott Catalogue incorrectly states that two covers are known.
Please see Chronicle 199 (August 2003) for an article documenting the Armitage correspondence. With 1999 A.P.S. certificate stating "earliest documented cover". Scott Retail for an off-cover used stamp is $20,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE 1860 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II WITH PLATE NUMBER. THIS IS PROBABLY THE FINEST-QUALITY PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
Unlike its Orange Brown counterpart, the 5c Type II in Brown was not on hand in post offices when the 1861 demonetization order took effect. Therefore, original-gum examples of Scott 30A (the Brown shade) are far rarer than Scott 30, and plate number multiples are exceedingly rare. The narrow spacing between subjects on the plate and Toppan Carpenter's imprecise perforating are reasons why centering is generally so poor in this issue. This pair is extraordinary for its original gum, plate number selvage and condition.