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Sale 918 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 2: 1847-1869 Issues and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 September, 2006

Category — 1861-66 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
31
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 31, 1861-66 Issue1c Blue (63). Mint N.H, 1c Blue (63). Mint N.H1c Blue (63). Mint N.H., bright color and detailed impression showing fine lines of lathework, radiant paper, choice centering with wide and nicely balanced margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT MINT NEVER-HINGED ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

With 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged

350
0
32
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 32, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65). Mint N.H, 3c Rose (65). Mint N.H3c Rose (65). Mint N.H., brilliant color on bright paper, unusually wide margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT ROSE 1861 ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,550.00)

150
1,800
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33
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 33, 1861-66 Issue3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color in the true Pink shade, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK. ONE OF THE RAREST 1861 ISSUE SHADES IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

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 2003 P.F. certificate.

9,500
21,000
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34
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 34, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful brilliant shade and impression on bright paper, a very early printing with fine detail of background and lathework clearly visible, choice centering

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 1861 5-CENT BROWN YELLOW IS ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS OF THE 1861-66 ISSUE IN SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION -- IT IS UNLIKELY THAT MORE THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES EXIST AS SUCH. THIS STAMP -- WITH ITS LIGHTLY HINGED ORIGINAL GUM AND BRILLIANT COLOR -- IS A GREAT RARITY.

Our sales during the past few years have contained a number of original-gum 1861-66 Issues, and we have made frequent reference to the rarity of these stamps in such choice condition. The 5c Brown Yellow and its shade varieties (Buff and Olive Yellow) are recognized as the rarest of 1861-66 Issue stamps in sound original-gum condition. Perhaps the only shade varieties rarer than the 5c Brown Yellow are the 3c Pigeon Blood Pink and 24c Blackish Violet (Scott 64a and 78c).

With 1998 P.S.E. certificate. With 2000 P.F. certificate

25,000
18,000
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35
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 35, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Original gum, intense shade and impression on bright paper, choice centering with unusually wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP.

With 1991 and 2000 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,000.00)

1,100
1,800
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36
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 36, 1861-66 Issue12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Original gum, lightly hinged, almost perfectly centered with wide margins, sharp proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Knowledgeable collectors recognize and appreciate the great rarity of well-centered, original gum classics. In particular, the 1861-66 Issue has been "discovered" as one of the most challenging of all. As escalating auction realizations show, collectors ignore Scott values in pursuing these elusive examples. This stamp was acquired in our December 2002 auction for $8,000 hammer.

With 2002 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $4,550.00), this is the highest grade awarded to date by P.S.E., and one of only three to achieve this grade.

1,400
5,500
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37
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 37, 1861-66 Issue24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color in the true Steel Blue color, choice centering with full perforations

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT STEEL BLUE.

The Steel Blue shade was produced early in the series of 24c 1861 shades, and it is scarce in any condition. Examples with original gum are rare, and those with Very Fine or Extremely Fine centering are of tremendous rarity, probably numbering no more than ten.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

10,000
12,500
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38
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 38, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Original gum, choice centering for this difficult issue, vivid color in a bright vibrant shade

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE, WITH WONDERFUL GUM, CENTERING, COLOR AND PERFORATIONS.

The narrowly-spaced 30c 1861 plate left very little room for the 12-gauge perforations between stamps. Consequently, examples with wide margins at sides are extremely rare -- this fact is acknowledged in the Scott Catalogue footnote to No. 71.

With 1986 and 2003 P.F. certificates

2,000
6,500
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39
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 39, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Original gum, tiny moisture spot on gum but described on accompanying certificate as Mint N.H., rich color on bright paper, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate describing this as Mint N.H..

3,250
5,000
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40
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 40, 1861-66 Issue2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade and detailed impression, perfectly centered with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK ISSUE.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

375
2,000
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41
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 41, 1861-66 Issue5c Red Brown (75), 5c Red Brown (75)5c Red Brown (75). Original gum, radiant color and proof-like impression in the true "warm" Red Brown color, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 ISSUE IN THE RED BROWN SHADE. A STAMP OF PHENOMENAL COLOR AND BEAUTY.

This is one of the most difficult stamps of the series to obtain in such choice, sound, original-gum condition.

Ex Anderson and McKinney. With 1969, 1996 and 2002 P.F. certificates.

5,000
6,500
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42
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 42, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and detailed impression, wide and well-balanced margins which are completely clear of the design on all four sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED AND UNUSUALLY FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT BROWN. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

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 1999 P.F. certificate

1,600
3,250
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43
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 43, 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, well-balanced margins

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 2001 P.F. certificate

2,500
2,600
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