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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
309
E
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 309, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)90c Blue, First Design, Imperforate (72-E7g, formerly 62a), 90c Blue, First Design, Imperforate (72-E7g, formerly 62a)90c Blue, First Design, Imperforate (72-E7g, formerly 62a). Full to huge margins all around, deep shade on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A PARTICULARLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT IMPERFORATE FIRST DESIGN.

With 1999 certificate. Scott Retail as pair

5,500
1,700
310
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 310, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color in the true Pink shade

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK.

The 3c 1861 Pink (Scott 64) is one of the most difficult stamps of the 1861-66 Issue to find in sound, well-centered, original-gum condition with fresh color. The nature of the ink used to print the 3c Pink shade is such that over the course of time, with exposure to light and other adverse elements, the color tends to oxidize or lose its vibrancy.

Collectors who have searched in vain for a 3c Pink in such condition will appreciate the rarity of this stamp in such a remarkable state of preservation. Others who may be less familiar with the rarity of this early 1861 Issue -- and perhaps deceived by the abundance of common 3c 1861 shades (Scott 65) -- are urged to consider the extreme rarity of Scott 64 in sound original-gum condition. In several recent auctions, we have offered well-centered original-gum examples of the 1861-66 Issue, and the record realizations at large multiples of Scott value demonstrate the rarity of these stamps.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

9,000
5,500
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311
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 311, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Intense shade, slightly oxidized, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 12, 1861" double-circle datestamp, second strike at right on incoming cover from England to San Francisco and forwarded to Georgetown Cal., originating postage paid by Great Britain 1sh Green (28), tied by "London Apr. 29, 1861" circular datestamp with "W21" oval, neat "Ship 5" and red "Insufficiently/Prepaid" handstamps, with original contents, barely reduced at top, few trivial toned perf tips on 3c stamp, otherwise Very Fine, a beautiful and extremely rare mixed-country franking on a forwarded cover inbound to the United States, ex Ishikawa and Sevenoaks, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
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312
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 312, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)3c Rose, Double Impression (65f), 3c Rose, Double Impression (65f)3c Rose, Double Impression (65f). Clear double impression on the top half of the stamp, fresh and bright color, two strikes of target cancel

FINE AND RARE. ONE OF ONLY SIX EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE DOUBLE IMPRESSION KNOWN TO US. ONLY FIVE HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. A GREAT RARITY OF THE ISSUE, AND ONE OF ONLY TWO THAT ARE SOUND.

Our census of Scott 65f records the following examples: 1) target cancel, tiny corner crease not mentioned on accompanying certificate, ex Ishikawa and Drucker (Siegel Sale 851, lot 71, realized $9,000); 2) target cancel, needs to be examined for condition; 3) "Paid" in oval cancel, vertical crease, reperfed at top and right; 4) target cancel, centered to top, tear at bottom right; 5) lightly cancelled, the stamp offered here; and 6) target cancel, negligible perf tip toning, corner perf crease at top right (Siegel Sale 798, lot 124, realized $8,500).

With 2001 P.F. certificate.

7,500
6,000
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313
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 313, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Original gum, deep shade, centering to top, rich color, vertical crease at bottom

FINE APPEARING AND INCREDIBLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The 5c Buff and Brown Yellow shades are among the most difficult stamps of the 1861-67 Issue to find in sound unused condition. Examples with original gum are even rarer.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

21,000
0
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314
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 314, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Original gum, beautiful rich color, sharp impression, choice centering with extra wide margins at top and bottom

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE -- FAR RARER IN THIS CONDITION THAN THE SCOTT VALUE WOULD SUGGEST.

The increased awareness of the rarity of 1847 to 1879 issues in superb original-gum condition has elevated many valuations for stamps with modest Scott values. The 1861-66 Issues are prime examples of this trend. This 10c 1861 has a Scott value of $900, yet one would be hard-pressed to locate more than a few examples with original gum, choice centering and rich color, the characteristics that make this stamp so extraordinary.

With 1991 and 2002 P.F. certificates

900
2,300
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315
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 315, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Original gum, lightly hinged, almost perfectly centered with wide margins, sharp proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Knowledgeable collectors recognize and appreciate the great rarity of well-centered, original gum classics. In particular, the 1861-66 Issue has been "discovered" as one of the most challenging of all. As recent auction realizations show, collectors ignore Scott values in pursuing these elusive examples.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

1,500
4,500
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316
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 316, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Original gum, unusually well-centered on bright white thick paper (later printing), brilliant fresh condition

EXTREMELY FINE 24-CENT 1861 BROWN LILAC, WHICH IS RARELY ENCOUNTERED WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

Like the 12c 1861 Issue, the 24c is usually available in unused no-gum condition or low grades of original-gum condition. However, the rare combination of full original gum and choice centering causes Scott values to become irrelevant.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

1,800
2,800
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317
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 317, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Rich color, cancelled by quartered cork, matching "Washington D.C. Jun. 21" circular datestamp on orange 1865 cover to Egelshofen, Switzerland, also bearing perfect strike of "Passed Military Prison W. P. Wood Supt." censor's circular handstamp applied at Old Capitol Prison, red "New York Am. Pkt. 3 Jun. 24" circular datestamp with 3c credit crossed out by grid, rate corrected with red "New York Paid 18 Jun. [blank date]" credit datestamp, small boxed "PD" and French transit, receiving backstamp, tiny nick at top of cover from opening

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A LATE USE OF THE W. P. WOOD CENSOR MARKING AND THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF MAIL FROM OLD CAPITOL PRISON TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION.

The latest recorded usage from Old Capitol Prison in Washington D.C. is August 1865 (according to Galen Harrison's book). Although Old Capitol was the first Federal prison to hold Confederate prisoners -- captured at the First Battle of Bull Run -- it was used primarily to secure spies and citizens suspected of disloyal activity. This June 1865 cover was probably sent by someone detained after the war or by a court-martialed Union soldier.

Ex Sevenoaks. With 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
9,500
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318
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 318, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62a to 70b)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Rich color, centered to right, tied by bold "Marblehead Mass. May 6" circular datestamp on unusual 1862 cover to London, England, sides of cover decorated and sealed by selvage from a sheet of the Great Britain 1p Red, selvage "tied" at top by boldly struck "Boston Br. Pkt. 19 Paid May 6" exchange circular datestamp, "Paid" handstamp, stamp with tiny perf tears at top, otherwise Very Fine, a striking cover and an attractive use of the 24c Steel Blue, ex Sevenoaks, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,050
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