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Sale 904 — Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 2005

Category — 1861-66 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
53
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 53, 1861-66 Issue1c Blue (63). Mint N.H, 1c Blue (63). Mint N.H1c Blue (63). Mint N.H., intense shade on brilliant paper, Very Fine and choice, with 1999 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

350
1,800
54
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 54, 1861-66 Issue1c Blue, Laid Paper (63c), 1c Blue, Laid Paper (63c)1c Blue, Laid Paper (63c). Unused (no gum), clear horizontal laid lines, brilliant color

FRESH AND FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE ON LAID PAPER. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.

With 2005 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue lists but does not price this stamp as unused. Scott Retail as used is $4,000.00.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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55
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 55, 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
12,500
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56
 
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 56, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose Pink (64b), 3c Rose Pink (64b)3c Rose Pink (64b). Well-balanced margins, radiant color in the true Rose Pink shade, neat strike of grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

150
375
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57
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 57, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65). Mint N.H, 3c Rose (65). Mint N.H3c Rose (65). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 -- deserves a 95 in our opinion), Scott Retail as hinged

150
625
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58
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 58, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Original gum, bright color, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

150
325
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59
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 59, 1861-66 Issue3c Lake (66), 3c Lake (66)3c Lake (66). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT LAKE TRIAL PRINTING.

With 2005 P.F. certificate

2,000
1,700
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60
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 60, 1861-66 Issue10c Green (68), 10c Green (68)10c Green (68). Original gum, deep rich color approaching that usually found on the First Design, wide margins

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

With 2005 P.F. certificate

1,100
1,600
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61
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 61, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green, "TAG" Variety (68 var), 10c Yellow Green, "TAG" Variety (68 var)10c Yellow Green, "TAG" Variety (68 var). Original gum, radiant color showing the clear doubling in "TAG", wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF TH 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE WITH THE "TAG" VARIETY.

According to Brookman, this variety was caused by the use of a defective transfer roll on which some bits of metal had become lodged.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as normal

1,100
2,200
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62
 
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 62, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Deep rich color nicely contrasted by red grid cancel, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90)

60
350
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63
 
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 63, 1861-66 Issue12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Crisp impression and bright shade, cork cancel, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

110
325
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64
 
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 64, 1861-66 Issue24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Pretty pastel shade, well-balanced margins, light strike of quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine, an attractive stamp, with 2000 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates

250
900
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65
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 65, 1861-66 Issue24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color and detailed impression, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE BROWN LILAC COLOR.

Like the 12c 1861 Issue, the 24c is usually available in unused no-gum condition or low grades of original-gum condition. However, the rare combination of full original gum and choice centering cause Scott values to become irrelevant.

With 2001 P.F. certificate for pair

2,500
4,250
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66
 
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 66, 1861-66 Issue24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Uncharacteristically wide margins well clear of design all around, essentially perfectly centered, fresh color, bold Triangular Grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, truly remarkable

225
525
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67
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 67, 1861-66 Issue24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Unused, described by the P.F. as regummed, but appears to be disturbed original gum, rich color and detailed impression, choice centering

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE UNUSED 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 70c).

With 2003 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as no gum

5,000
3,750
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68
 
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 68, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Remarkably choice centering, vibrant color, neat strike of red New York grid cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

200
475
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69
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 69, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color, well-proportioned margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

3,250
10,500
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70
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 70, 1861-66 Issue2c Black (73). Mint N.H, 2c Black (73). Mint N.H2c Black (73). Mint N.H., crisp impression, Very Fine and choice, with 1978 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (inexplicably graded VF 80; in our opinion, at least an 85), Scott Retail as hinged

375
2,100
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71
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Sale Number 904, Lot Number 71, 1861-66 Issue2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Original gum, lightly hinged, crisp impression, almost perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

375
1,200
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72
 
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 72, 1861-66 Issue2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Intense shade, light cancel leaves design clearly visible, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2002 and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

65
700
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73
 
Sale Number 904, Lot Number 73, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Brilliant color on bright paper, nicely contrasted by strike of red Star in Circle fancy cancel, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2003 and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90)

165
425
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