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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
409
S
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 409, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)2c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Re-Issues, Hole Punch Specimens (124S-128S, 130S-132S var), 2c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Re-Issues, Hole Punch Specimens (124S-128S, 130S-132S var)2c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Re-Issues, Hole Punch Specimens (124S-128S, 130S-132S var). Each with hole punch, original gum, h.r., 10c s.e. at right, rich colors,

FRESH AND FINE. A MOST UNUSUAL GROUP OF 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUES, EACH WITH A HOLE PUNCH.

Unlisted in Scott. We have been unable to find any reference to these in philatelic literature. See lot 383A for the 90c 1861 Re-Issue with identical punch hole

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
410
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 410, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)3c Blue, Re-Issue (125), 3c Blue, Re-Issue (125)3c Blue, Re-Issue (125). Original gum, beautiful shade and proof-like impression, bright and fresh

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE STAMP IN ANY CONDITION -- THIS 3-CENT 1869 RE-ISSUE RANKS HIGHLY IN TERMS OF COLOR, CENTERING, AND FRESHNESS.

Original sales figures show that among the 1869 Pictorial Re-Issues, the 3c and 90c stamps accounted for the smallest number of units sold (1,406 and 1,356, respectively). Overall, the 1869's were popular with stamp collectors, far outselling the 1851-60 and 1861-66 Re-Issue sets. However, the 90c stamp's high denomination and the availability of ordinary 3c stamps limited demand. Today, both are rare, and handling over the years has not been kind to most of the surviving examples. This 3c is remarkable not only for its centering (an unusual example of near-perfect centering), but its overall freshness.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

5,500
4,500
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411
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 411, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)6c Blue, Re-Issue (126), 6c Blue, Re-Issue (126)6c Blue, Re-Issue (126). Original gum, lightly hinged, perfectly centered with wide even margins, bright and fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 RE-ISSUE,

With 1986 P.F. certificate

1,900
3,250
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412
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 412, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127), 10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127)10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127). Original gum, vivid color and impression on bright paper, perfectly centered with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

2,100
2,500
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413
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 413, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)12c Green, Re-Issue (128), 12c Green, Re-Issue (128)12c Green, Re-Issue (128). Original gum, lightly hinged, incredibly deep rich color, sharp proof-like impression showing every detail of this issue's beautiful engraving, beautifully framed by wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE WITH ORIGINAL-GUM.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

2,750
7,500
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414
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 414, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)12c Green, Re-Issue (128), 12c Green, Re-Issue (128)12c Green, Re-Issue (128). Original gum, incredibly deep rich color, sharp proof-like impression, beautifully framed by wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE WITH ORIGINAL-GUM.

With 2002 P.S.E. certificate

2,750
2,500
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415
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 415, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)12c Green, Re-Issue (128), 12c Green, Re-Issue (128)12c Green, Re-Issue (128). Deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on bright paper, light strike of double oval cancel, almost perfectly centered with wide even margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A RARE SOUND AND SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

The 12c is one of the rarest values of the 1869 Re-issue set in such choice used condition. In fact, it was the only 1869 re-issue Robert Zoellner accepted with a small fault. In our opinion, this stamp ranks among the two or three finest extant.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

2,750
6,250
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416
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 416, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129), 15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129). Original gum, bright and fresh colors and detailed impressions on bright paper, exceptionally well-centered with wide even margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 1994 P.F. certificate.

2,000
2,400
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417
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 417, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue, Imperforate Horizontally (129a), 15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue, Imperforate Horizontally (129a)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue, Imperforate Horizontally (129a). Original gum, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, wide nicely proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN INCREDIBLY FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY AND PROBABLY THE FINEST EXTANT.

In United States Postage Stamps of 1869, author Jonathan Rose states that only one sheet of 100 was issued. A much smaller group are still known to exist. Given the considerably smaller number of horizontally imperforate copies, the premium of $2,000 that Scott Catalogue applies seems rather low.

With 1982 and 2002 P.F. certificates

4,000
9,000
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418
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 418, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130), 24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130)24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130). Original gum, rich colors and proof-like impressions, wonderful centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

2,250
1,700
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419
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 419, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131), 30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131)30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131). Original gum, deep rich colors on bright fresh paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BRILLIANT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

3,100
2,300
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420
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 420, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132), 90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132)90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132). Original gum, lightly hinged, incredibly rich colors and proof-like impressions on fresh paper, perfectly centered with wide and well-balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.

With 1978 and 1993 P.F. certificates

5,000
8,500
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421
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 421, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 124S to 132)90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132), 90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132)90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132). Original gum, small h.r., deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, choice centering with wide margins, single perf at right expertly reattached, otherwise Extremely Fine, small red backstamps, with 1992 Brettl certificate

5,000
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