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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
267
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 267, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Original gum, lightly hinged, fresh and bright color, choice centering with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE I.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

2,000
3,500
268
nh
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 268, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Mint N.H, 1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Mint N.H1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Mint N.H., Plate 12, bright color, fresh paper with long full perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED PERFORATED TYPE II ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE.

This is only the second Mint Never-Hinged example we have offered in the last nine years. Both were extracted from combination blocks of four.

With 2003 P.F. certificate for combination block of four, this being the bottom right stamp. Scott Retail as hinged

1,100
7,500
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269
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 269, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

1,100
1,600
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270
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 270, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Original gum, wide break in line at bottom and distinct break at top, beautiful deep shade and detailed impression on bright fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III ISSUE. VERY FEW EXIST IN ANY TYPE OF ACCEPTABLE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THE INCREDIBLE CENTERING AND REMARKABLY FRESH ORIGINAL GUM MAKE THIS STAMP A PHENOMENAL CONDITION RARITY.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

13,000
15,500
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271
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 271, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Deep rich Plate 4 color on bright paper, almost perfectly centered with clear breaks at top and at bottom, light circular datestamp cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III PERFORATED ISSUE IS RARE IN THIS CHOICE USED CONDITION.

Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on some portion of the design. The example offered here, is centered so that the type characteristics are clearly visible.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

2,500
4,000
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272
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 272, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, horizontal pair, intense dark color on bright white paper, intact perfs with parts of adjoining stamps at top, chioce centering, neat New Orleans circular datestamps

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONE-CENT TYPE III FROM PLATE 4 IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN PAIRS. IN PERFORATED FORM, THEY ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

Relatively few adjoining positions on Plate 4 produced Type III stamps; therefore, pairs of Scott 8 (imperforate) or 21 (perforated) are quite uncommon. Perforated multiples, while somewhat more numerous than imperforate, are usually cut in at top or bottom, thus reducing the population of high-grade multiples to a very small number. This pair, with wide margins all around that clearly show the type characteristics, is one of the finest extant.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

5,500
9,000
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273
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 273, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (23), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (23)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23). Original gum, small h.r., remarkably well-centered, deep rich color, tiny tear at bottom right only visible under extremely high magnification

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE IV 1857 ISSUE.

The Plate 1 Late sheets on hand in 1857 were perforated on the new equipment, but the spacing between subjects and Toppan Carpenter's generally poor perforating skills resulted in the majority being off center. Examples of Scott 23 with original gum (even if slightly disturbed) and this grade of centering are rare.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

8,500
1,600
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274
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 274, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV, Double Transfer at Top (23 var), 1c Blue, Ty. IV, Double Transfer at Top (23 var)1c Blue, Ty. IV, Double Transfer at Top (23 var). Original gum, lightly hinged, recut at bottom, double transfer clearly visible in letters at top, rich color on bright white paper

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IV PERFORATED ISSUE WITH DOUBLE TRANSFER. REMARKABLY RARE IN THIS CHOICE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

8,750
8,000
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275
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 275, 1857-60 Issue3c Rose, Ty. I (25), 3c Rose, Ty. I (25)3c Rose, Ty. I (25). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 1857 PERFORATED 3-CENT TYPE I ISSUE IS RARELY FOUND IN CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

With 1986 P.F. certificate

2,750
5,500
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276
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 276, 1857-60 Issue3c Rose, Ty. I (25), 3c Rose, Ty. I (25)3c Rose, Ty. I (25). Block of four, original gum, bottom stamps Mint N.H., small h.r. at top, unusually bright and fresh color

FRESH AND FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1857 3-CENT PERFORATED TYPE I WITH THE BOTTOM STAMPS IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION. A GREAT RARITY.

As an indication of rarity, a search of our auction catalogues for the past ten years yielded only one other Mint N.H. example of this stamp, offered in our recent Silver Lake auction. The block itself is also very rare, and is of far better quality than most of the few others known.

With 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as block of four with no premium for the Mint N.H. stamps.

14,000
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277
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 277, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red (26), 3c Dull Red (26)3c Dull Red (26). Ms. cancel, perfect strike of blue "Mechanicsburg Ind." Eagle, Stars and Branches fancy town handstamp with ms. "Mar. 13" date on blue cover to Plymouth Ind., with original enclosure datelined 1861, Very Fine, one of the most striking and rarest of town markings used during the 1857 Issue period

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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278
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 278, 1857-60 Issue5c Bright Red Brown (28b), 5c Bright Red Brown (28b)5c Bright Red Brown (28b). From the top row of the plate, beautiful rich color, well-centered on fresh white paper with remarkably wide margins that are virtually unseen on this issue, New Orleans circular datestamps and red transits

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1857 ISSUE IN THE BRIGHT RED BROWN SHADE. FEW EXIST IN THIS SUPERIOR GRADE.

Considering this stamp's intense shade and remarkable condition, we value it almost equally with the Indian Red, Scott 28A.

With 1996 P.F. certificate for horizontal pair, this being the left stamp

1,100
5,750
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279
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 279, 1857-60 Issue5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30), 5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30)5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Original gum, barely hinged, beautiful warm shade, unusually wide margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL WIDE-MARGINED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN ISSUED IN 1861.

With 1992 P.F. certificate.

1,200
1,500
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280
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 280, 1857-60 Issue5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30), 5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30)5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Beautifully centered, deep rich color on fresh paper, bold red grid cancels

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN.

The Orange Brown is much scarcer used than unused. Examples in this superb used condition are rare.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

1,225
2,600
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281
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 281, 1857-60 Issue5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30), 5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30)5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Vertical pair and single, radiant color, tied by red grids, matching "New York Paid 12 Jul. 31" credit datestamp on 1861 blue folded cover to Lyon, France, red boxed "P.D." handstamp and Calais transit

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN USED ON COVER. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE CLASSIC PERIOD.

The Orange Brown stamp was not issued until mid-1861, and its use was cut short by the Civil War and demonetization of circulating stamps. The last published update of the census of 5c Orange Brown covers by Dr. Richard M. Searing showed a total of 38 covers.

With 1967 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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282
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 282, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Original gum, wide margins, dark shade and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE. 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 and Toppan Carpenter's imprecise perforating leave collectors with very few well-centered original-gum examples.

With 1985 and 1996 P.F. certificates.

2,100
2,500
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283
ng
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 283, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Unused (no gum), deep rich color and sharp impression

FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE I 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE.

Rare in sound condition. Undercatalogued in Scott. With 2004 P.F. certificate

8,250
2,200
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284
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 284, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. II, III (32-33), 10c Green, Ty. II, III (32-33)10c Green, Ty. II, III (32-33). Block of four, top pair Ty. III, bottom pair Ty. II, unused (no gum), rich color on fresh paper, intact perfs with parts of adjoining stamps at bottom blind vertical perfs, bottom pair with light horizontal crease, bottom right stamp with small lightened soiled spot harshly described as cleaned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARING AND EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE, COMBINING TYPES II AND III.

Very few unused blocks from the 10c Plate 1 are known. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as singles

9,600
2,500
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285
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 285, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV (34), 10c Green, Ty. IV (34)10c Green, Ty. IV (34). Position 54L1, recut at bottom, bright and fresh, precise centering with wide margins all around, light circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE IV PERFORATED 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE.

A pretty stamp.

2,300
3,750
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286
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 286, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV (34), 10c Green, Ty. IV (34)10c Green, Ty. IV (34). Position 55L1, recut at bottom, rich color nicely contrasted by red "Trenton N.J." circular datestamp

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IV WITH RED TOWN CANCELLATION.

With 2001 P.S.E. certificate

2,375
3,000
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287
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 287, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (33-33-34), 10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (33-33-34)10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (33-33-34). Horizontal strip of three, tied by "New Orleans La. Sep. 14, 1858" circular datestamp on folded cover to Aalten, Germany, "Boston Br. Pkt. 22 Sep." backstamp, red framed Aachen transit and matching "Franco Preuss" handstamps, red "7" credit handstamp, vertical file fold well away from stamps, Fine, scarce use of Type III-IV strip with the "Franco Preuss" handstamp

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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288
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 288, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Block of nine, center and right center stamp Mint N.H., other seven stamps original gum, h.r., dark color, few perfs separated at left (not noted on certificate)

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL GUM BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 10-CENT TYPE V WITH TWO MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.

With 2004 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged singles

2,475
2,100
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289
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 289, 1857-60 Issue12c Black (36), 12c Black (36)12c Black (36). Plate 1, original gum, almost perfect centering with perforations evenly framing design and showing outer frameline on all four sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PERFORATED 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 1 IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

Any multiple of the 1857 12c Black from Plate 1 will demonstrate the narrow layout of this plate, which produced Scott 17 (imperforate) and 36 (perforated). Even when the perforations are aligned between stamps, they still punch out part of the outer frameline. Plate 3, which produced Scott 36b, remedied this problem by allowing more space for perforations.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

1,500
3,250
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290
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 290, 1857-60 Issue12c Black (36), 12c Black (36)12c Black (36). Plate 1, original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, choice centering with perforations clear of outer frameline on all sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 1.

As the previous description notes, centered examples of this issue from Plate 1 are generally scarce, and especially rare in original-gum condition. With copy of 1979 and with 1995 P.F. certificates.

1,500
0
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291
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 291, 1857-60 Issue12c Black (36), 12c Black (36)12c Black (36). Horizontal pair, tied by blue "Dubuque Iowa Jun. 21, 1861" double-circle datestamp on Lincoln Railsplitter Campaign cover to Mowbray, England, matching "Paid 24" arc handstamp, red "19" credit also ties pair, cover with minor edge wear, right 12c stamp torn but not noticeably

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF A LINCOLN CAMPAIGN COVER.

Another cover from the same correspondence brought $10,000 hammer in our 1995 Rarities sale. Ex Sevenoaks. With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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292
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 292, 1857-60 Issue12c Black, Plate 3 (36b), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36b)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Vertical pair, both stamps perfectly centered with massive Jumbo margins at sides, deep dark shade on fresh paper with long full perfs all around, two neat "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 21, 1860" circular datestamps

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3.

Ex Moody and Haas. With 1980 and 2003 P.F. certificates

410
1,600
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293
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 293, 1857-60 Issue24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering with wide margins at sides and perforations clear at top and bottom, deep rich color and fine impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT GRAY LILAC ISSUE.

Collectors looking for Gem quality stamps (unused and used) from the 1857 perforated issue know that one of the most difficult denominations to obtain is the 24c value. The margins are often narrow, with the design almost always touched (if not in) at top or bottom.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

1,600
1,700
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294
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 294, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Well-centered, used with horizontal strip of three of 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), well-centered with straddle-pane margin covered by 30c, tied by three strikes of "New Orleans La. 16 Feb." (1861) circular datestamp on folded letter to Ferte Mace, France, embossed return card at lower left, red "Boston Feb. 20 Paid 12" credit circular datestamp, red pencil "45" at lower right, French transit circular datestamp and "P.D." in frame, transit and receiving backstamps

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL FRANKING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE UNITED STATES 1857 ISSUE FROM LOUISIANA AS A CONFEDERATE STATE.

Ex Sevenoaks. With 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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295
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 295, 1857-60 Issue90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Original gum, deep rich color, choice centering with wide and well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

3,000
3,500
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296
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 296, 1857-60 Issue90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, unusually wide margins at top and bottom

EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 1987 and 2001 P.F. certificates.

3,000
3,250
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297
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 297, 1857-60 Issue90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Rich color, tiny corner crease, tied on piece by red grid cancel, clear strike of "Calcutta G.P.O. JA 10 1861" circular datestamp, piece with light file folds and tear not affecting stamp

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE TO INDIA.

Ex Grunin. With 1972 P.F. certificate.

7,500
6,750
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