Sale 953 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 25-28 March, 2008
Category — 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)
EXTREMELY FINE. A DESIRABLE DOUBLE TRANSFER POSITION AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE I FROM PLATE 12.
With 1989 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IA.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Although Plate 4 was designed with sufficient space to accommodate perforations, the height of the top row and bottom row positions resulted in the perforations often cutting into the design at either top or bottom. For this reason, stamps from the bottom row of Plate 4 with the lower part of the design intact or nearly intact are especially desirable. The superbly-centered example offered here is highly desirable, because the bottom perfs barely touch the key elements of the Type Ia design.
With 2002 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates
A FINE AND ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IA PERFORATED.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
FINE. AN APPEALING EXAMPLE OF THIS SCARCE USED CLASSIC.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE III IS RARELY SEEN WITH CENTERING AND MARGINS EQUAL TO THIS SUPERB USED STAMP.
With 1994 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED PAIR OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE SELVAGE AND PART IMPRINT.
The Neinken book states that the top position is Type III and is not a transitional position. It has a small but clear break at bottom, and a wide break at top, and should technically be classified as Type III (Scott No. 21), but the expertizers disagree.
With 1980 and 2007 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IV IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TYPES TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION. THIS STAMP IS A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.
Most examples of this issue have perforations either touching or into the recut lines. The example offered here, with intact recut lines at top and bottom, is exceedingly rare. It also has uncharacteristically deep color and impression for a Plate 1 Late printing.
With 1983 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT TYPE I 1857 ISSUE.
This stamp is especially desirable because the outer framelines, the defining element of Type I, are visible all around. It is also exceedingly fresh, which is a very rare attribute for this issue.
With 1998 and 2007 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE 5-CENT BRICK RED WITH OUTSTANDING COLOR, CENTERING AND LIGHT CANCELLATION.
With 2006 P.F. and 2005 and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $4,350.00)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
With 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $8,500.00)
EXTREMELY FINE. A HIGHLY DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED.
With 1999 and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $8,250.00)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1860 TYPE II. SCARCE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,500.00). This is the only example to achieve this grade, and only one hinged and one Mint N.H. example have graded higher to date.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE III.
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 and 2007 P.F. certificates, the former not mentioning the thin spot.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IV. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL CLASSIC ISSUES IN UNUSED CONDITION.
The 1857 10c Type IV stamps come from eight positions scattered throughout Plate 1 that have the top, bottom or both lines recut. Only 4% of all 10c Plate 1 stamps produced were Type IV's, and an even smaller percentage was issued with perforations.
With 2007 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE CENTERING. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV.
We are offering this stamp as unused with full extension privileges, despite the accompanying 1985 P.F. certificate stating "faintly cancelled." As rare as unused examples of Scott 34 are, examples of any 10c 1857 which were used but escaped cancellation are even rarer. Other than tiny specks of soiling at the bottom, there is nothing that can be justifiably called a faint cancel on this stamp. Finally, unused singles and multiples of the 10 1857 from Plate 1 are frequently found with unpunched perforations, a characteristic of the large multiple from which most originated. We encourage bidders to pursue this rarity, and we'll even waive the "payment first" requirement on the extension.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BRIGHT AND FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 90-CENT ISSUE.
With copy of 1970 P.F. certificate for block of four (lower left stamp). The block was ex Ishikawa.