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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 September, 2006

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
55
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 55, 1869 Pictorial Issue1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color on bright paper, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,850.00)

850
3,000
56
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 56, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, bright color and detailed impression on crisp paper, beautiful centering with unusually wide margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. THIS STAMP, AWARDED THE LOFTY GRADE OF 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E., IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO RECEIVE THIS GRADE. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.

With 1996 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,850.00 as 95, $4,600.00 as 98)

775
5,000
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57
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 57, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114). Mint N.H, 3c Ultramarine (114). Mint N.H3c Ultramarine (114). Mint N.H. with part imprint at bottom, clearly-defined grill, brilliant color on bright paper, perfectly centered with well-balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. A STUNNING STAMP IN TERMS OF GUM, COLOR, PAPER, PERFORATIONS AND CENTERING.

With 1998 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,650.00). Scott Retail as hinged

350
1,600
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58
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 58, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine (115), 6c Ultramarine (115)6c Ultramarine (115). Original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grill, brilliant color on paper as fresh as the day it was made, choice centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. A STAMP OF GREAT VISUAL APPEAL.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $4,450.00)

3,250
5,000
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59
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 59, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Original gum which is very lightly hinged, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION. THIS STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO THIS ISSUE THUS FAR.

Ex Dr. Morris and Billington. With 1990 and 2000 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,550.00)

2,500
11,000
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60
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 60, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Original gum, unusually deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper which is quite arresting, well-balanced margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. A STAMP OF MARVELOUS VISUAL APPEAL.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $2,650.00)

2,600
2,100
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61
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 61, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Original gum, deep rich colors rarely seen on the 15c Type I, proof-like impressions with vignette almost perfectly placed (a rarity for the issue), choice centering with wide and balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

The 15c Type I comes from the first 1869 printing; in May 1869 the 15c went to press using the second frame plate, which produced Type II. In a condition census, both Type I and II would show similar numbers known in the top tier of original-gum condition -- probably 8 to 10 of each. However, Type I is generally a rarer stamp and carries a much higher Scott Catalogue value.

With 1980 and 1999 P.F. certificates. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $12,300.00)

9,000
15,500
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62
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 62, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, virtually perfect centering with evenly-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH WONDERFUL COLOR, CENTERING AND OVERALL FRESHNESS. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS ISSUE TO OBTAIN THE GRADE OF 90 FROM P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.

Even though the supply of Type II stamps is more plentiful than its Type I counterpart, we have found that is at least as difficult (if not more so) to find in such superb condition. This superb stamp has the brilliance of its re-issue counterpart, Scott 129, which is rarely encountered in stamps from the 1869 Type II printing.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $8,050.00)

3,750
10,500
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63
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 63, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich colors and detailed impressions, long and full perforations all around

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

9,000
6,750
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64
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 64, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Original gum, brilliant colors and detailed impressions, wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $11,400.00)

8,000
8,500
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65
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Sale Number 918, Lot Number 65, 1869 Pictorial Issue90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color as fresh as the day it was printed, beautiful centering with unusually wide margins for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM WITH THE EXALTED P.S.E. GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

The 90c 1869 Pictorial is widely admired for its beautiful engraving and dignified portrait of Abraham Lincoln. However, collectors have been frustrated in their efforts to acquire choice examples of this issue. Used 90c stamps are typically heavily cancelled, because the high denomination was cause for postal clerks to thoroughly obliterate any chance for re-use. Naturally, the significant monetary value of 90c in 1869 limited the number of unused stamps that would be saved for future collectors. Therefore, the collector ideals of "well-centered with original gum" and "lightly cancelled" are seldom obtainable in the available supply of 90c 1869's. The stamp offered here, with lightly hinged original gum and choice centering, probably ranks among the top 1% of surviving 90c 1869's in unused state.

With 1997 P.F. certificate. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $44,000.00)

12,000
90,000
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