VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE I PERFORATED ISSUE. THIS STAMP IS SUPERIOR TO THE ONLY OTHER MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED IN THE PAST FOURTEEN YEARS.
With 1995 and 2007 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE 2. THIS IS THE SECOND MINT NEVER-HINGED COPY OF SCOTT 20 WE HAVE OFFERED IN FOURTEEN YEARS AND THE ONLY ONE FROM PLATE 2. A GREAT CONDITION RARITY.
When perforations were introduced in 1857, the plates used to print stamps at Toppan, Carpenter & Co. were laid out with narrow spaces between the subjects, because no thought had been given to the concept of perforation holes between the stamps. The imperforate sheets of 1c stamps on hand were printed from Plates 1 Late, 2 and 4, and the perforations on those stamps rarely clear the design all around. The example from Plate 2 offered here is not only extremely rare as a Mint Never-Hinged copy, it is also exceptionally well-centered.
With 1990 and 2007 P.F. certificates, the former with selvage at top. Scott Retail as hinged.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE TYPE IIIA RARELY SHOWS ALL OF THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE -- THIS STAMP IS A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.
The layout of Plate 4 still left little room for perforations. Most examples of Type IIIa are poorly centered, especially top-to-bottom. The example offered here, showing clear and unmistakable characteristics of the type, is a condition rarity.
With 1990 and 2007 P.F. certificates (the former stating that "it is genuine", implying Mint N.H.)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE IN THE CLARET SHADE.
This stamp is extremely difficult to obtain in with such superior centering, due to the narrow spacing on the plate. With 2007 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (both graded XF 90; SMQ $7,750.00). This is the only example to achieve this high grade, which is the highest awarded to date.
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN ISSUED IN 1861.
With 1994 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 TYPE II 5-CENT BROWN. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
With 1991 and 2007 P.F. certificates, the former stating that "it is genuine" (implying Mint N.H.)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE III. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
The first perforated 10c stamps produced by Toppan Carpenter from sheets printed from Plate 1 are notorious among collectors for their poor centering. They are also very scarce in original-gum condition because, unlike 10c Plate 2 stamps (Scott 35), there were no supplies on hand in 1861 when the issue was demonetized due to the outbreak of the Civil War.
Ex McKinney. With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE -- THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED IN FOURTEEN YEARS.
This is the first Mint N.H. copy of the perforated 12c 1857 Issue (Scott 36 or 36b) we have offered since keeping computerized records. A review of multiples we have offered also did not yield any Mint N.H. singles, as most have been reinforced with hinges or have otherwise suffered the ravages of time
With 1989 P.F. certificate (with selvage at left). Scott Retail as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 24-CENT GRAY LILAC.
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. This is one of the finest original-gum examples we have ever offered. Collectors waiting for a Mint N.H. example may have a very long wait. Aside from five Mint N.H. stamps contained in the block of twelve offered in our Sevenoaks sale (Sale 831), we have not offered any in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records.
With 1994 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WITH FRESH VIBRANT COLOR. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH THE PERFORATIONS LEAVING WIDE AND BALANCED MARGINS.
With 1988 and 2000 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $5,050.00). The P.S.E. Population Report lists four graded 90 and three graded 95.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A FANTASTICALLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE. THIS IS THE FIRST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THIS ISSUE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED DURING THE PAST FOURTEEN YEARS.
The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. Stocks from northern post offices were returned and destroyed, and stocks in southern post offices, if not ultimately destroyed, were generally mishandled over the years.
As the highest denomination of the series, the 90c 1860 has been coveted by collectors, and almost every known example has been proudly hinged into an album at least one time. This remarkable survivor escaped the Civil War and a lifetime of hinge-happy philatelists in unscathed Mint Never-Hinged condition.
With 1994 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; unpriced in SMQ in Mint N.H. condition). Only two have been certified by P.S.E. in Mint N.H. condition (the other is graded 30 and so must be seriously defective). To guide potential bidders through the uncharted waters of valuing a Scott 39 in choice Mint N.H. condition, we have provided a conservative estimate based on the recent realizations for other comparably rare Mint N.H. classic stamps.