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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
268
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 268, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)5c Brick Red (27), 5c Brick Red (27)5c Brick Red (27). Horizontal pair, few short perfs at right, tied by "Mokelumne Hill Cal." circular datestamp on yellow cover to Red Bank N.J., minor edge wear, Very Fine, extremely rare use of the 5c Brick Red from this small California post office, ex Sevenoaks

E. 1,000-1,500
750
269
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 269, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)5c Red Brown (28), 5c Red Brown (28)5c Red Brown (28). Vertical strip of three, rich color and fiery shade, tied by "New Orleans La. Jun. 15, 1858" circular datestamps and "New York 9 Jun. 23" debit datestamp on blue folded letter to Paris, France, red framed "Short Paid" and large "16" due handstamps, sender's blue oval handstamp, French transit and receiving datestamps, Very Fine, a scarce strip of three on folded letter, with 2003 P.F. certificate (submitted as No. 28A but certified as No. 28 -- it is at least a Bright Red Brown No. 28b)

E. 1,500-2,000
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270
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 270, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)5c Indian Red (28A), 5c Indian Red (28A)5c Indian Red (28A). Choice centering, rich color in the true Indian Red shade, neat strike of "New Orleans La. Dec. 19" circular datestamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED.

With 1995 P.S.E. and 1999 P.F. certificates

3,000
4,500
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271
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 271, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)5c Indian Red (28A), 5c Indian Red (28A)5c Indian Red (28A). Horizontal strip of three, extraordinarily well-centered (especially the center stamp), neat Highland Ill. datestamp and part of red transit at bottom right, beautiful rich color and proof-like impression, right stamp small corner crease

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED. THE CENTER STAMP IS TRULY SUPERB.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

9,500
9,500
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272
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 272, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)5c Indian Red (28A), 5c Indian Red (28A)5c Indian Red (28A). Horizontal block of six and single, deep rich color, tied by three strikes of "Platteville Wis. Jan. 28, 1859" circular datestamps on buff cover to Switzerland, Prussian Closed Mail rate, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Feb. 2" circular datestamp on back, top right stamp with tiny tear, bottom left stamp with small diagonal crease in margin

VERY FINE. THE LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE RARE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED SHADE KNOWN ON OR OFF COVER. ONLY ONE OTHER BLOCK, USED OFF COVER, IS RECORDED. ONE OF THE GREATEST COVERS OF THE PERFORATED TOPPAN, CARPENTER ISSUES IN EXISTENCE.

Ex Consul Klep, Henry W. Hill, Ishikawa and Sevenoaks. Illustrated in Ashbrook's Special Service (pp. 515-516) and Brookman, Vol. 1, p. 222.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 20,000-30,000
16,000
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273
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 273, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)5c Indian Red, 10c Green, Ty. III (28A, 33), 5c Indian Red, 10c Green, Ty. III (28A, 33)5c Indian Red, 10c Green, Ty. III (28A, 33). Each with perfs clear to wide all around, 5c deep rich color in the true Indian Red shade, tied together by "New Orleans La. Jan. 26, 1859" circular datestamp and red "New York Paid 12 Feb. 2" credit datestamp on blue folded cover to Bordeaux, France, red boxed "P.D." and French transit, light horizontal file fold at bottom

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COMBINATION OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED AND 10-CENT TYPE III.

Ex Sevenoaks. With 1995 P.F. certificate

4,500
3,250
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274
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 274, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)5c Brown (29), 5c Brown (29)5c Brown (29). Perfectly centered, deep rich color on brilliant paper, black town datestamp, red New York and ultramarine Havre transit datestamps

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTRAORDINARY USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BROWN WITH CANCELS IN THREE DIFFERENT COLORS.

See lot 284 for a cover bearing the ultramarine Havre transit.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

385
2,000
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275
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 275, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)5c Brown (29), 5c Brown (29)5c Brown (29). Two horizontal pairs, choice centering, used with 3c Dull Red, 10c Green, Ty. V (26, 35), 3c left centerline straddle margin, tied by grid cancels and bold "Nantucket Mass. Jun. 30" circular datestamp on light yellow cover with printed address "Capt. George Gideon Coffin, Bark Janet (of Westport,) Indian Ocean", sender's ms. routing instructions at bottom "Island of Mahe [Seychelles] by the way of Mauritius", "Boston Br. Pkt. Jul. 8" backstamp, red "London Paid JY 15, 1860" transit, red crayon "28" credit, red "1d" and "4-1/2" British handstamped rates, neat strike of "Mauritius G.P.O. AU 23, 1860" backstamp, stamps also tied by blue "American Consulate Mauritius" embossed circular seal with eagle vignette, left 5c stamp single pulled perf at top, cover with minor edgewear and barely reduced at right

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE THREE-COLOR FRANKING TO THE CAPTAIN OF THE WHALER 'BARK JANET' ON SEYCHELLES WITH THE SEAL OF THE AMERICAN CONSULATE AT MAURITIUS. ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL AND STRIKING FOREIGN-MAIL USAGES OF THE 1857 ISSUE.

The Bark "Janet" of Westport Mass. was built at Portland Me. in 1845 and made eight voyages from Westport between 1846 and 1873. She was then sold to New Bedford owners and made three voyages from New Bedford between 1874 and 1879. She was abandoned at sea in 1879. Captain George G. Coffin made one voyage as master of the Bark "Janet".

The cover is fully prepaid for the 33c rate sent by British Packet via Southampton. A careful analysis of sailing records and rates is provided by Geoffrey Osborn, confirming the following transits: General Asia, N.Y.C. 7/4 to Southampton 7/14; P. & O. Ceylon, Southampton 7/20 to Alexandria 8/2; P. & O. Malta, Suez 8/4 to Aden 8/9; P. & O. Norma, Aden 8/10 to Mahe 8/18; assuming redirected after reaching Mauritius, then arriving Mauritius 8/23, leaving Mauritius 9/6, arriving Mahe 9/11.

Ex Ishikawa.

E. 15,000-20,000
13,000
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276
og
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 276, 5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27 to 30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Original gum, wide even margins with perforations clear of design on all sides, dark shade and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 5-CENT TYPE II BROWN IS RARE IN THIS ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

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 are far scarcer than Scott 30. The narrow spacing between subjects on the plate, as well as Toppan Carpenter's imprecise perforating, leaves collectors with very few well-centered original-gum examples.

With 1984 P.F. certificate

2,000
3,000
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