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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — 1861-66 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
303
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 303, 1861-66 Issue3c Brown Rose, First Design (56), 3c Brown Rose, First Design (56)3c Brown Rose, First Design (56). Block of four, original gum, h.r., deep rich color, well-centered, Very Fine and choice, Scott Retail as singles

2,200
950
304
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 304, 1861-66 Issue3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color in the true Pink shade

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK.

The 3c 1861 Pink (Scott 64) is one of the most difficult stamps of the 1861-66 Issue to find in sound, well-centered, original-gum condition with fresh color. The nature of the ink used to print the 3c Pink shade is such that over the course of time, with exposure to light and other adverse elements, the color tends to oxidize or lose its vibrancy.

Collectors who have searched in vain for a 3c Pink in such condition will appreciate the rarity of this stamp in such a remarkable state of preservation. Others who may be less familiar with the rarity of this early 1861 Issue -- and perhaps deceived by the abundance of common 3c 1861 shades (Scott 65) -- are urged to consider the extreme rarity of Scott 64 in sound original-gum condition. In several recent auctions, we have offered well-centered original-gum examples of the 1861-66 Issue, and the record realizations at large multiples of Scott value demonstrate the rarity of these stamps.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

9,500
10,500
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305
FC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 305, 1861-66 IssueFox, FoxFox. Hockanum Conn., perfectly struck fancy cancel on 3c Rose (65), few small perf faults, Extremely Fine strike

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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306
FC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 306, 1861-66 IssueMan Thumbing Nose, Man Thumbing NoseMan Thumbing Nose. Brattleboro Vt., well-struck fancy cancel in blue on 3c Rose (65), Extremely Fine strike, with 1973 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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307
FC
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 307, 1861-66 IssueUnion and Flag, Union and FlagUnion and Flag. Healdsburg Cal., perfect strike ties 3c Rose (65) on small piece, Extremely Fine strike

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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308
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 308, 1861-66 Issue5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Unused (no gum), deep rich color, few barely nibbed perfs at left

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF.

With 1971 P.F. certificate.

9,500
3,250
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309
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 309, 1861-66 Issue5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Unused (regummed), fresh and bright color, perf crease at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF.

With 1994 P.S.E. and 1996 P.F. certificates

9,500
2,100
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310
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 310, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression, enormous margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A HUGE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

The increased awareness of the rarity of 1847 to 1879 issues in superb original-gum condition has elevated many valuations for issues with modest Scott values. The 1861-66 issues are prime examples of this trend. This 10c 1861 has a Scott value of $850, yet one would be challenged to locate more than a few examples with original gum, choice centering and rich color, the characteristics that make this stamp so extraordinary.

With 1993 P.F. and 1995 P.S.E. certificates

850
2,200
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311
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 311, 1861-66 Issue12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Original gum, lightly hinged, unusually wide margins, crisp impression, Very Fine and choice, with 1992 P.F. certificate

1,700
2,500
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312
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 312, 1861-66 Issue12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Block of four, original gum, h.r., detailed impression, bottom right stamp small corner crease at bottom right

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Ex Caspary and Ishikawa. With 1993 P.F. certificate.

8,250
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313
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 313, 1861-66 Issue24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Original gum, lightly hinged, absolutely stunning deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT RED LILAC. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

As collector demand and recent prices have indicated, stamps from the 1861-66 Issue with full original gum in such superb sound condition are exceedingly rare.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

2,500
3,750
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314
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 314, 1861-66 Issue24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Distinctive Deep Brown Lilac shade -- seen among used examples but very rarely seen with original gum -- the gum is full and has characteristic brownish toning, bright white paper and unusually well-centered

EXTREMELY FINE FOR A 24-CENT 1861 SHADE. RARELY ENCOUNTERED WITH ORIGINAL GUM. A MUST-HAVE STAMP FOR THE COLLECTOR ASSEMBLING A RANGE OF THE 1861 COLORS.

As noted in several of the descriptions of original-gum 1861's in our past sales, these stamps are available in unused no-gum condition or low grades of original-gum condition; however, the combination of original gum and choice centering is so rare that Scott values can be very misleading. In the case of this 24c, the unusually-deep Brown Lilac shade adds another dimension of rarity -- perhaps comparable to the difference between a 5c Red Brown (75) and 5c Brown (76).

With 1998 P.S.E. and 1999 P.F. certificates (both state "previously hinged")

2,250
2,200
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315
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 315, 1861-66 Issue24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Original gum, rich color and detailed impression, choice centering

VERY FINE AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER.

The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c). All four are rare, especially in sound original-gum condition. The stamp offered here is remarkable in that the Violet ink retains much of its purplish hue, especially in the darker engraved areas, which is most unusual among unused or original-gum examples.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

10,000
2,900
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316
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 316, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color on bright paper, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Most classic blocks of this superb quality have been broken to satisfy the demand for superb singles. This extraordinarily choice block has escaped that fate, and we hope it finds a block collector ready to preserve it as a block.

Ex Ishikawa. With 1984 and 1995 P.F. certificates.

8,500
0
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317
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 317, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Choice centering with wide margins, rich color, bold face-free circle of wedges cancel leaves most of design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

425
3,500
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318
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 318, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED AND UNUSUALLY FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT BROWN.

The 5c 1861-68 Issue was printed from plates with closely-spaced subjects that left little room for the large 12-gauge perforations. The Brown shade, Scott 76, is scarce in original-gum condition, and truly rare in this high grade.

With 1987 P.F. certificate

1,400
2,200
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319
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 319, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Original gum, intense color and proof-like impression, remarkably fresh paper with long full perfs all around

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT BROWN IN A DISTINCTIVE DARK SHADE.

This stamp is printed in an unusually dark shade with proof-like impression. Its centering, original-gum state and remarkable freshness are rare traits among unused 5c 1863 stamps.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

1,400
2,100
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320
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 320, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Left sheet-margin block of twelve, unused (no gum), top left piece of selvage replaced, otherwise fresh and intact, sharp impression

FINE. THIS IS THE LARGEST KNOWN MULITPLE OF THE FIRST UNITED STATES STAMP PORTRAYING ABRAHAM LINCOLN. AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC MULTIPLE.

This record-size block was acquired by Robert A. Siegel in Kansas City and sold to Rudolph Wunderlich, who displayed it at Interphil '76 (illustrated in exhibition catalogue, p. 114).

Ex Wunderlich and Klein.

E. 7,500-10,000
9,500
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321
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 321, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Original gum, extraordinary margins and centering, fine impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. EXCEPT FOR THE RARE SHADES, THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN COULD WELL BE THE RAREST OF THE 1861-66 SERIES IN CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

In our catalogue descriptions, we have emphasized the rarity of 1861-66 stamps in choice original-gum condition. With the exception of the rare 5c and 24c shades, our experience shows that the 15c Black is the most difficult stamp to obtain in sound, choice original-gum condition. It is most often found without gum or disturbed gum, or the fully-gummed examples are off center. The block of six (straight edge at left), ex Caspary, Lilly and Ishikawa, is well-centered with original gum, but our search of numerous other major auction sales produced few other examples. Therefore, this stamp could be the rarest face-different design of the 1861-66 series in choice original-gum condition.

With 1979 and 1997 P.F. certificates.

2,750
8,500
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322
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 322, 1861-66 Issue24c Lilac (78), 24c Lilac (78)24c Lilac (78). Original gum, lightly hinged, attractive deep shade and proof-like impression on bright fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 24-CENT 1861-63 ISSUE IS EXTREMELY RARE IN SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. A FAR GREATER CHALLENGE TO ACQUIRE IN THIS GRADE THAN MANY COLLECTORS REALIZE.

Scott values, which are influenced by the quantity of poorly-centered copies extant, are irrelevant in the current market for choice original-gum classics.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

2,000
4,500
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323
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 323, 1861-66 Issue24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Original gum, choice centering with well-balanced margins all around, beautiful bright color

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1863 ISSUE.

With 1974 and 1994 P.F. and with 1995 P.S.E. certificates.

2,000
3,750
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324
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 324, 1861-66 Issue24c Blackish Violet (78c), 24c Blackish Violet (78c)24c Blackish Violet (78c). Deep rich color in the unmistakable Blackish Violet color on thick paper, sharp proof-like impression showing every detail of the engraving, framed by an enormous border of white margin on all four sides, clear strike of Star in Circle fancy cancel (probably a New York Foreign Mail cancel)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET IS THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMP OF THE 1861-66 SERIES TO OBTAIN -- EITHER UNUSED OR USED -- IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION. WITHOUT QUESTION THIS IS THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET IN EXISTENCE. A REMARKABLE STAMP IN TERMS OF COLOR, IMPRESSION, CENTERING AND CANCELLATION.

A thorough search through past auction catalogues will demonstrate how rare this stamp is in either used or unused condition. With regard to used stamps, this shade was lacking from the Ishikawa, Grunin, Klein, Caspary and Twigg-Smith collections. The Zoellner collection contained an original-gum single even though the rest of the series was obtained in used condition, because a suitable used stamp was never offered. The Dr. Morris collection contained a used example with considerably smaller margins than the stamp offered here.

An examination of the frequency with which other scarce used stamps from the 1861-66 Issue appear at auction demonstrates how undervalued this stamp is in the Scott Catalogue. The Blackish Violet is considerably rarer than the 3c 1861 Pigeon Blood Pink, which catalogues $3,500.00 in used condition.

The catalogue value for Scott 78c did not change between 1996 and 2001. It has only increased by $250 in the recently released 2002 Part I catalogue, probably in response to prices for other stamps of the 1861-66 Issue.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

3,250
22,000
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