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Sale 956 — The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 8-9 May, 2008

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
109
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 109, 1869 Pictorial Issue1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright shade, well-defined grill, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp, with 1999 P.F. certificate

850
1,400
110
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 110, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, a remarkably fresh stamp, with 1983 and 1991 P.F. certificates

800
1,000
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111
nh
Sale Number 956, Lot Number 111, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var). Mint N.H, 3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var). Mint N.H3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var). Mint N.H., radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, clear grill points, Very Fine and choice, with 2003 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

400
1,600
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112
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 112, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine (115), 6c Ultramarine (115)6c Ultramarine (115). Original gum, brilliant color on crisp paper, Fine, scarce, wiith 2001 P.F. certificate

3,250
400
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113
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 113, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Original gum, single hinge mark, vivid color without any trace of the oxidation that can plague this issue, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

2,750
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114
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 114, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering with balanced margins all around, deep rich color and intense proof-like impression on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE -- ONE OF THE MORE DIFFICULT 1869 PICTORIALS TO FIND IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

Ex Silver Lake. With 1998 P.F. certificate

2,750
2,600
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115
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 115, 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, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. 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.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

10,000
11,500
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116
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 116, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Original gum, h.r., deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

4,000
3,750
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117
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 117, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Original gum, lightly hinged, strong grill impression, rich colors on bright paper, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. SCARCE IN THIS SUPERIOR GRADE.

The 24c 1869 Pictorial is readily available in original-gum condition. However, choice centering and sound paper are elusive qualities among examples of this issue. This stamp has color, centering and margins that appear more like its re-issue counterpart.

Ex Silver Lake. With 1982 and 2002 P.F. certificates

9,500
13,500
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118
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 118, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Original gum, intense colors, exceptionally well-centered with nicely balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. A WONDERFUL STAMP IN TERMS OF GUM, COLOR, CENTERING, FRESHNESS OF PAPER AND IMPRESSION.

The rarity of centered original-gum examples of the 30c 1869 with grill is somewhat obscured by the availability of off-center copies of the 30c with and without grill. If the scope were narrowed to Scott 121 only, and only grades of Very Fine or Extremely Fine were considered, we estimate that fewer than 15 examples would be counted. Among the qualifying stamps, this is without challenge one of the finest two or three. Referring to the P.S.E.'s Population Report, above the grade of 75 they have only graded two copies (one 90 and one 95).

Ex Silver Lake. With 2001 P.F. certificate

8,000
10,500
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119
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 119, 1869 Pictorial Issue90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Original gum, intense colors and proof-like impressions, attractive centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE. THERE ARE FEW SURVIVING SOUND VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $15,000.00)

13,000
13,000
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120
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Sale Number 956, Lot Number 120, 1869 Pictorial Issue90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a), 90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a)90c Carmine & Black, Without Grill (122a). Fresh original gum, intense colors and proof-like impressions

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL. ONLY 23 EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

Of the 23 copies certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, only sixteen have either part or full original gum. Only nine of these are completely sound.

With 2002 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (F 70; unpriced in SMQ)

16,000
32,500
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