Sale 959 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 23-25 June, 2008
Category — 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)
VERY FINE. A RARELY-SEEN ONE-CENT 1851-57 PLATE VARIETY AND AN EXTREMELY DESIRABLE ITEM FOR THE SPECIALIST.
With Ashbrook's notes on card and his signature. With 2003 P.F. certificate
FINE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR POSITIONS ON THIS ONE-CENT PLATE RECUT TWICE AT TOP AND ONCE AT BOTTOM, AND THE ONLY ONE OF THE FOUR WHICH IS A TRIPLE TRANSFER, ONE INVERTED. THIS VARIETY IS SIGNIFICANTLY RARER IN PERFORATED FORM.
Accompanied by a note from Richard Celler confirming the plate position.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED.
With 1993 and 2003 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ORANGE BROWN. SCARCE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN ISSUED IN 1861.
This issue is extremely difficult to obtain with perfs clear of design on all sides.
VERY FINE. THE 5-CENT TYPE II BROWN IS RARE IN THIS ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Unlike its Orange Brown counterpart, the 5c Type II in Brown was not on hand in post offices when the 1861 demonetization order took effect. Therefore, original-gum examples of Scott 30A are far scarcer than Scott 30. The narrow spacing between subjects on the plate and Toppan Carpenter's imprecise perforating leave collectors with very few well-centered original-gum examples.
With 1988 P.F. certificate