Sale 946 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Monday, 12 November, 2007
Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)
FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF POSITION 6R1E, ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE IB EXAMPLES, SHOWING THE COMPLETE DESIGN AT TOP AND NEARLY COMPLETE DESIGN AT BOTTOM.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib--Positions 3-6R and 8-9R--distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were burnished away. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom erased than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF POSITION 6R1E, ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE IB EXAMPLES, SHOWING THE COMPLETE DESIGN AT TOP AND NEARLY COMPLETE DESIGN AT BOTTOM.
With Ashbrook note and 2007 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IA IMPERFORATE.
The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail with non-pen cancel $12,500.00. Considering the fact that a light pen cancel leaves the design characteristics unmasked, the reduced Scott value for a pen-cancelled No. 6 seems unjustified.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE II ONE-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE FROM PLATE 3.
According to Ashbrook and Neinken, Plate 3 is believed to have been made in March or April 1856, possibly to replace the defective Plate 2 and/or to meet the increased demand for stamps concurrent with the April 1855 change in postal regulations requiring prepayment of postage. For an unknown reason -- possibly a severe defect that arose in the plate -- very few stamps were printed from the new Plate 3 before it was retired, and surviving examples are rare.
With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE FACE-FREE BLUE CANCEL.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,400.00). Eight Scott No. 7's (1c Type II imperforate) have achieved the P.S.E. grade of Superb 98 or better, but the P.S.E. Population Report does not break down the 1c 1851's by plate. We are quite sure that the more desirable and scarcer Plate 1E stamps are much rarer in high grades than their Type II counterparts from other plates.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II SINGLE, WITH GIGANTIC MARGINS, A LEFT SHEET MARGIN AND AN UNUSUAL FORM OF CANCELLATION.
With 2007 P.F. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,400.00 with handstamp cancel)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STRIKING EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II IMPERFORATE.
With 2007 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,100.00 with handstamp cancel), given its huge margins we are surprised this only graded 95 -- it deserves at least the "J" Jumbo appellation.
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2 IN A STRIP OF THREE WITH FLANKING POSITIONS 98 AND 100R2. THE 99R2 IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, "The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased... The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines." (p. 184).
This piece is a new 99R2 discovery, buried among the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The odds of finding a 99R2 are incalculable, but we did.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV IMPERFORATE.
With 2000 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A HUGE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,800.00 for 98, unpriced above the grade of 98). Having the graded certificate only confirms the obvious, but it is worth noting that only one stamp has received a higher P.S.E. grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND SPECTACULAR USED STRIP OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IV.
Although most of the attention in today's stamp market is focused on graded singles, philatelists who study and collect multiples will appreciate the extreme rarity of this used strip of the 1851 1c Type IV. Perhaps because the flanking stamps at left and right are equals to the spectacular center stamp, this strip was not cut to furnish a Jumbo single. Combining the enormous margins with brilliant color and the sharpest strikes of the New York City datestamp we have encountered, this strip offers everything to the condition-conscious collector. With high-grade singles bringing $1,500 to $3,000 or more, this strip should be worth exponentially more.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE 3-CENT ORANGE BROWN WITH RECUT INNER LINES.
With 1976 P.F. certificate for block of four and 2007 P.F. certificate as single No. 10 (prior to 2008 Scott reclassification)
VERY FINE. A RARE UNUSED 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE, A STAMP WHICH IS MISSING IN MANY ADVANCED COLLECTIONS AND ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN THIS BETTER SOUND QUALITY.
With 1977 and 2007 P.F. certificates
NEARLY VERY FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE II IMPERFORATE.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A PARTICULARLY CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV.
With 1993 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $3,000.00)