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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — General Foreign (Canada)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
665
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 665, General Foreign (Canada)1851, 6p Grayish Purple, Laid (2; SG 2), 1851, 6p Grayish Purple, Laid (2; SG 2)1851, 6p Grayish Purple, Laid (2; SG 2). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins, rich color, clear vertical laid lines, neat strike of target cancel, left stamp small closed tear at left center, otherwise Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as singles

2,700
1,500
666
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 666, General Foreign (Canada)1851, 6p Grayish Purple, Laid (2; SG 2), 1851, 6p Grayish Purple, Laid (2; SG 2)1851, 6p Grayish Purple, Laid (2; SG 2). Horizontal strip of three, large margins to clear at bottom right, tiny margin nick at top left, clear vertical laid lines, neat target cancels, fresh and bright color

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE CANADA 1851 6-PENCE ON LAID PAPER.

Scott Retail as three singles does not reflect the rarity of this multiple.

4,050
3,000
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667
S
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 667, General Foreign (Canada)1851, 12p Black, Plate Proofs on India, Red "Specimen" Ovpt. (3Pi), 1851, 12p Black, Plate Proofs on India, Red "Specimen" Ovpt. (3Pi)1851, 12p Black, Plate Proofs on India, Red "Specimen" Ovpt. (3Pi). Two, "Specimen" reading up, large margins, one mounted on card as issued, other removed from card (small thin spot), Very Fine, unlisted in Scott, Unitrade Retail CA$

3,500
750
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668
ng
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 668, General Foreign (Canada)1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4), 1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4)1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4). Unused (no gum), large margins to clear, sharp proof-like impression and intense shade, faint pressed-out horizontal crease visible only in fluid

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE CANADA 1851 12-PENCE BLACK. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP.

With 1982 B.P.A. certificate.

80,000
25,000
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669
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 669, General Foreign (Canada)1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4), 1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4)1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4). Enormous margins all around incl. sheet margin at right, sharp proof-like impression, cancel struck at top left leaves entire design clearly visible, faint diagonal crease visible only in fluid

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SUPERB USED SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE CANADA 1851 12-PENCE BLACK.

With 1984 P.F. certificate.

50,000
22,000
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670
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 670, General Foreign (Canada)1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4), 1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4)1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4). Horizontal pair, large margins to just barely in at top right, intense color and proof-like impression, neat strike of target cancels, faint horizontal crease visible only in fluid

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE FINER OF THE THREE RECORDED USED PAIRS OF THE CANADA 12-PENCE BLACK. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF CANADIAN PHILATELY.

The first Pence Issues of Canada were printed by the New York firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, the same firm that printed the New York Postmaster's Provisional and United States 5c and 10c 1847 Issue. The Pence issues, and particularly the 12-pence, show the same fine quality of engraving that distinguishes the U.S. 1847 Issue. The stamps were printed early in 1851 (12p issued June 14), at the same time that RWH&E's contract for providing United States stamps was coming to an end. The 12-pence plate proved difficult for RWH&E. Faulty impressions were laid out twice before the third and final entries, resulting in many positions showing re-entries. The stamp offered here is notable in that it does not show any signs of being re-entered.

The 1851 12-pence stamp was issued for prepayment of the basic letter rate to Newfoundland, Bermuda and the West Indies, but its value -- stated in pence rather than "one shilling" to avoid confusion -- also corresponded to the double 6p rate to the United States and certain other countries. However, its use was very limited and, according to Boggs, only 1,450 were sold. The balance of the 51,000 printed was destroyed.

The three used pairs known to us are: 1) the pair offered here; 2) horizontal pair, target cancels, in at bottom and at right, ex Pack, Hillmer and Foxbridge; and 3) horizontal pair, single target cancel, margin at right into design, ex Dale-Lichtenstein Sale 2, Nov. 18, 1968.

With 1961 and 1984 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as singles.

100,000
45,000
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671
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 671, General Foreign (Canada)1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4), 1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4)1851, 12p Black, Laid (3; SG 4). Large margins to slightly cut in, part of adjoining stamp at right, tied by well-struck blue target cancel on double-rate folded cover to New York City, matching "Hamilton C.W. DE 8, 1853" circular datestamp, red "Canada Paid 10cts" two-line handstamp with amount changed to "20" in magenta, part of address cut out, faint horizontal file fold well clear of stamp and markings

FINE AND RARE. ONLY TWO OR THREE 1851 12-PENCE BLACK STAMPS ARE KNOWN TIED TO THEIR ORIGINAL COVERS.

The 1851 12-pence stamp was issued for prepayment of the basic letter rate to Newfoundland, Bermuda and the West Indies, but its value - stated in pence rather than "one shilling" to avoid confusion - also corresponded to the double 6p rate to the United States and certain other countries. However, its use was very limited, and most of the printing was destroyed, with only 1,450 stamps sold.

In his Encyclopedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, L. N. Williams estimates that five covers have survived. The two best known are the tied usage from Montreal, which realized $230,000 in our 1996 sale of the K.L. Collection, and an untied usage from Hamilton (see Boggs, p. 137). Of the known covers, only two or three are well-tied by a cancel.

Ex Col. Green and Seybold. With 1984 P.F. certificate

250,000
130,000
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672
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 672, General Foreign (Canada)1855, 10p Blue (7; SG 15), 1855, 10p Blue (7; SG 15)1855, 10p Blue (7; SG 15). Large margins to clear, rich color, tied by bold numeral in target cancel, "Quebec L.C. JY 18 1859" datestamp on blue folded letter to London, England, red receiving datestamp, light file folds away from stamp, expertly mended internal tear, otherwise Very Fine, scarce usage

3,250
0
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673
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 673, General Foreign (Canada)1857, 6p Reddish Purple, Very Thick Soft Wove (10; SG 23), 1857, 6p Reddish Purple, Very Thick Soft Wove (10; SG 23)1857, 6p Reddish Purple, Very Thick Soft Wove (10; SG 23). Large margins all around, tied by bold numeral target, "Montreal L.C. AP 28, 1858" datestamp on folded cover to Ottawa, receiving backstamp, light file folds well away from stamp, minor edgewear at top, Very Fine, scarce used on cover

3,500
2,000
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674
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 674, General Foreign (Canada)1859, 1c Rose, 10c Red Lilac, 17c Blue (14, 17, 19; SG 29, 34, 42), 1859, 1c Rose, 10c Red Lilac, 17c Blue (14, 17, 19; SG 29, 34, 42)1859, 1c Rose, 10c Red Lilac, 17c Blue (14, 17, 19; SG 29, 34, 42). Tied by target cancels on blue 1861 folded letter to Norway, neat "Quebec L.C. OC 12 1861" circular datestamp, red London transit, red ms. rates, receiving backstamps, "Franco" handstamp at bottom left, 10c few perf flaws, cover expertly repaired, otherwise Fine, a rare three-color franking to Norway

E. 5,000-7,500
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675
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 675, General Foreign (Canada)1859, 12-1/2c Yellow Green, Perf 12 (18; SG 39), 1859, 12-1/2c Yellow Green, Perf 12 (18; SG 39)1859, 12-1/2c Yellow Green, Perf 12 (18; SG 39). Vertical pair, tied by grids on blue cover to Gibraltar, neat "Montreal C.E. AP 25, 1862" circular datestamp, red London transit, ms. "Money to pay" crossed out at left, trivial edgewear, Very Fine, rare use of 12-1/2c pair to Gibraltar

E. 3,000-4,000
6,500
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676
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 676, General Foreign (Canada)1873-79, 1c Orange, 3c Red, Perf 11-1/2 x 12 (35d, 37e; SG 91, 95), 1873-79, 1c Orange, 3c Red, Perf 11-1/2 x 12 (35d, 37e; SG 91, 95)1873-79, 1c Orange, 3c Red, Perf 11-1/2 x 12 (35d, 37e; SG 91, 95). Horizontal strip of 3c, tied by "Quebec Que. SP 23 76" datestamps on cover to Christiana, Norway, red London transit also ties strip, red crayon "2-1/2" rate, minor edgewear, Fine, scarce destination, the Perf 11-1/2 x 12 stamps on cover are scarce, with Holcombe certificate and signed by him

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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677
nhbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 677, General Foreign (Canada)1919, $1.00 Toronto-New York First International Aero Mail Service, Semi-Official, White Space Between Sky and Background (CLP3b), 1919, $1.00 Toronto-New York First International Aero Mail Service, Semi-Official, White Space Between Sky and Background (CLP3b)1919, $1.00 Toronto-New York First International Aero Mail Service, Semi-Official, White Space Between Sky and Background (CLP3b). Complete Mint N.H. sheet of ten, remarkably fresh and intact, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ONLY THREE SHEETS WITH THE "WHITE SPACE" VARIETY RECORDED. A GREAT RARITY.

This semi-official was issued for the first international air mail service, from Leaside Aerodrome in Toronto to Roosevelt Field in Long Island N.Y.

Unitrade Retail CA $

5,000
0
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678
ogbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 678, General Foreign (Canada)1928, $1.00 Moose Jaw Flying Club Semi-Official (CL7), 1928, $1.00 Moose Jaw Flying Club Semi-Official (CL7)1928, $1.00 Moose Jaw Flying Club Semi-Official (CL7). Complete vertical strip of five, top and bottom stamps lightly hinged, middle three stamps Mint N.H., Pos. 4 with slight gum disturbance from pencil eraser

EXTREMELY FINE. ONLY 40 VERTICAL STRIPS OF FIVE WERE PRINTED AND ONLY THREE CURRENTLY EXIST. A VERY IMPORTANT CANADIAN SEMI-OFFICIAL ITEM.

The stamp was prepared for a flight from Mosse Jaw to Winnipeg August 17, 1928.

Unitrade Retail CA $

4,500
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