Sale 857 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 February, 2003

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue (30c thru 90c)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1371
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Sale 857, Lot 1371, 1869 Pictorial Issue (30c thru 90c)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant colors, perfectly centered with wide margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. A WONDERFUL STAMP IN TERMS OF GUM, COLOR, CENTERING, FRESHNESS OF PAPER AND IMPRESSION.

The rarity of centered original-gum examples of the 30c 1869 with grill is somewhat obscured by the availability of off-center copies of the 30c with and without grill. If the scope were narrowed to Scott 121 only, and only grades of Very Fine or Extremely Fine were considered, we estimate that fewer than 15 examples would be counted. Among the qualifying stamps, this is without challenge one of the finest two or three.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

7,500
14,000
1372
ng
Sale 857, Lot 1372, 1869 Pictorial Issue (30c thru 90c)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Unused (no gum), brilliant colors, enormous margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A HUGE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 1988 and 2002 P.F. certificates

3,600
3,750
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1373
 
Sale 857, Lot 1373, 1869 Pictorial Issue (30c thru 90c)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Dark colors, red cork cancel, Fine

800
240
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1374
 
Sale 857, Lot 1374, 1869 Pictorial Issue (30c thru 90c)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Rich colors, neat strike of town datestamp and also trace of blue transit cancel, faint diagonal crease at top left, otherwise Very Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

550
160
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1375
 
Sale 857, Lot 1375, 1869 Pictorial Issue (30c thru 90c)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Perfectly centered, bright colors, small corner crease at bottom left, shield design slightly rubbed, otherwise Very Fine

550
0
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1376
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Sale 857, Lot 1376, 1869 Pictorial Issue (30c thru 90c)30c Blue & Carmine, Without Grill (121a). Original gum, small h.r., fresh and bright colors

FINE. A RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.

With 1980 and 1996 P.F. certificates

11,000
5,250
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1377
 
Sale 857, Lot 1377, 1869 Pictorial Issue (30c thru 90c)90c Carmine & Black (122). Rich colors, neat cork cancel, choice centering with wide even margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE WIDE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

2,500
0
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1378
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Sale 857, Lot 1378, 1869 Pictorial Issue (30c thru 90c)90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a). Fresh original gum, intense colors and proof-like impressions

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL. ONLY 23 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

Of the 23 copies certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, only sixteen have either part or full original gum. Only nine of these are completely sound.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

16,000
7,500
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