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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 121 to 122a)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
403
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 403, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 121 to 122a)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Original gum, 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
13,500
404
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 404, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 121 to 122a)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Original gum, brilliant colors, well-centered

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WITH EXCEPTIONALLY BRIGHT COLORS AND FRESHNESS.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

7,500
5,000
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405
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 405, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 121 to 122a)30c Blue & Carmine (121), 30c Blue & Carmine (121)30c Blue & Carmine (121). Used with two identically centered 2c Brown (113), and 10c Brown, H Grill (139), one 2c tied by blue crayon at left, three stamps at right tied by unusual segmented cork cancels, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit May 28" (1870) circular datestamp on back of blue folded cover to Cadiz, Spain, from the Gomez correspondence, sender's blue May 27, 1870 datestamp at lower left, red "24" handstamped credit crossed out and re-rated "48", which is crossed out by another darker red crayon and marked "4" (for the rate progression), red London Paid transit, black Cadiz receiving datestamp, small minor tear along top fold

A SPECTACULAR MULTICOLORED 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE FRANKING ON ONE OF THE WELL-KNOWN GOMEZ COVERS TO SPAIN.

This cover was carried by the North German Lloyd's Main, leaving New York City on May 28, 1870, arriving in Southampton on June 7. The 44c franking corresponds to the fourth step in the peculiar rate progression for British Mail to Spain via France (16c, 28c, 32c, 44c etc.); that is, 44c for a letter weighing between -2/3 and 1 oz. with a 36c credit to England. Because of some confusion at the New York foreign-mail office, the letter was first marked with a "24" credit (for 28c rate), then "48" (for 60c rate), and finally with a "4" to simplify matters by stating the basis for the rate.

Ex Sheriff. With 1967 P.F. certificate

E. 20,000-30,000
16,500
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406
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 406, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 121 to 122a)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Without Grill (121a), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Without Grill (121a)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Without Grill (121a). Part original gum, beautiful rich colors on bright paper

VERY FINE. A SCARCE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.

Our review of Philatelic Foundation records indicates that 53 examples have been certified as genuine including two blocks of four and one plate block of fifteen (ex Ishikawa). In addition to the certified copies, there is a plate number block of six and an imprint block of eight.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

11,000
0
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407
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 407, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 121 to 122a)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Original gum, intense color and impressions, clear grill, centered to bottom left but with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WITH EXTRAORDINARILY WIDE MARGINS.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

10,000
9,000
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408
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 408, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 121 to 122a)90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a), 90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a)90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a). Fresh original gum, which accompanying certificate inexplicably describes as "slightly disturbed" original gum, intense colors and proof-like impressions

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL. ONLY 22 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

Of the 22 copies certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, only fifteen have either part or full original gum. Only eight of these are completely sound.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

16,000
7,500
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