Sale 959 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 23-25 June, 2008

Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2210
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Sale 959, Lot 2210, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Brown Rose, First Design (56). Original gum, fresh and Very Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate as Bright Orange Red instead of Brown Rose

550
350
2211
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Sale 959, Lot 2211, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Dark Violet, First Color (60). Original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with well-balanced margins, small gum covered thin spot at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE THE 1861 24-CENT DARK VIOLET EARLY TRIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE 24-CENT 1861-63 ISSUE SHADES.

The Dark Violet trial printing and Violet regular issue shades are often confused, and the Scott Catalogue adds to the confusion by putting the Dark Violet (the old Scott 60) in the Trial Color Proofs section as 70TCe, while the Violet gets a front seat as Scott 70c. In our opinion, there is no good reason to relegate the Dark Violet to the Trial Color Proof section. As a result, the stamp offered here is undercatalogued in relation to other 24c stamps of equal rarity.

With 2001 and 2007 P.F. certificates, the former identifying this as No. 70c

8,000
11,000
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2212
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Sale 959, Lot 2212, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)1c Blue (63). Original gum, bright color, choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

375
400
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2213
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Sale 959, Lot 2213, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)1c Blue (63). Original gum, deep rich color and detailed impression, well-proportioned margins, light natural gum bend at bottom left, Very Fine, ex Lessin, with 1985 P.F. certificate

375
160
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2214
 
Sale 959, Lot 2214, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)1c Blue (63). Brilliant color on bright paper, wide and balanced margins, well-struck "Paid" in oval handstamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2002 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $500.00), only three have graded higher to date

50
350
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2215
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Sale 959, Lot 2215, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). Original gum, 1c lightly hinged, well-centered, 3c particularly so (and nicely margined), bright colors, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

525
250
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2216
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Sale 959, Lot 2216, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose (65). Mint N.H., exceptionally well-centered, wonderfully fresh and bright with fine impression, Extremely Fine, with 1992 and 2002 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

150
250
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2217
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Sale 959, Lot 2217, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose (65). Mint N.H., wide margins and very attractive centering, wonderfully fresh, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

150
300
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2218
 
Sale 959, Lot 2218, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose (65). Magnificent centering and lovely bright color, bold Star in Circle cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $200.00 as ordinary cancel)

3
225
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2219
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Sale 959, Lot 2219, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose, Imperforate (65c). Block of four, unused (no gum), large margins, overall soiling, small tear in margin at bottom left, otherwise Very Fine, scarce block, Scott Retail as two original-gum pairs

2,000
300
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2220
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Sale 959, Lot 2220, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Lake (66). Original gum, lightly hinged, far better than usual centering, beautiful color and impression, Very Fine, with 2008 P.F. certificate

2,000
2,900
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2221
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Sale 959, Lot 2221, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Lake (66). Original gum, beautiful intense color and sharp impression, fresh and Fine, a scarce 1861 trial printing, with 1987 P.F. certificate

2,000
1,100
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2222
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Sale 959, Lot 2222, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)5c Buff (67). Original gum, outstanding deep rich color, diagonal crease bottom right

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF, ESPECIALLY WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND STRONG COLOR.

With photocopy of 1992 P.F. certificate

25,000
3,000
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2223
 
Sale 959, Lot 2223, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)5c Buff (67). Choice centering, bright color, neat strike of blue Baltimore circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, with 2003 P.F. certificate

1,120
650
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2224
 
Sale 959, Lot 2224, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)5c Buff (67). Exceptionally well-centered with marvelous deep rich color, small almost face-free grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2001 P.F. certificate

1,100
750
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2225
 
Sale 959, Lot 2225, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Nice margins and attractive centering, rich color, blue circular datestamp, light crease, Fine appearance

1,320
225
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2226
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Sale 959, Lot 2226, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)10c Yellow Green (68). Large part original gum described as "OG" on certificate, rich color, well-centered, Very Fine and choice, with 1982 P.F. certificate

1,250
650
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2227
 
Sale 959, Lot 2227, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)10c Yellow Green (68). Three, beautifully centered, two with unusually wide margins, cancels incl. Star in Circle (SE-6P29), Magenta Circle of Wedges and blue cork (defective "TAG" transfer), two with 2006 P.S.E. certificates (miniscule perf tear mentioned on Star-cancelled one), otherwise Extremely Fine

230
225
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2228
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Sale 959, Lot 2228, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)12c Black (69). Original gum, slight disturbance from hinge removal, crisp shade and impression, Very Fine and choice, attractive and unusually fresh

2,100
950
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2229
 
Sale 959, Lot 2229, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)12c Black (69). Unusually choice centering, crisp shade nicely contrasted by blue quartered cork cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1994 P.F. certificate

122
325
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2230
 
Sale 959, Lot 2230, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)12c Black (69). With "National Bank N(ote)" part imprint selvage at top, attractive margins and centering, a scarce sheet-selvage copy, especially in sound well-centered condition, Very Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

120
200
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2231
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Sale 959, Lot 2231, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Red Lilac (70). Unused (no gum), attractively centered, excellent rich color, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

1,200
800
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2232
 
Sale 959, Lot 2232, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Red Lilac (70). Incredibly well-centered, rich color, bold fancy Six-Point Star in Circle with Dot in Center cancel (S-E ST6P-29), Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,200.00 with ordinary cancel)

300
850
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2233
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Sale 959, Lot 2233, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Part original gum, exceptionally well-centered, marvelous color and impression on crisp paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFULLY-CENTERED AND FRESH UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT BROWN LILAC.

With 1988 and 2003 P.F. certificates

3,000
2,100
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2234
 
Sale 959, Lot 2234, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Magnificent centering with margins clear of the design all around (uncommon occurrence), lovely color, bold San Francisco cogwheel cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $800.00)

225
500
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2235
 
Sale 959, Lot 2235, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Steel Blue (70b). Beautiful color in the true Steel Blue shade, well-balanced margins, neat strike of grid cancel, most recent certificate notes enhanced perf at upper left, Very Fine appearance, with 1998 and 2008 P.F. certificates

900
550
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2236
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Sale 959, Lot 2236, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)30c Orange (71). Horizontal pair, disturbed original gum, light shade, left stamp few short perfs, otherwise Very Good-Fine

5,250
750
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2237
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Sale 959, Lot 2237, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)90c Blue (72). Original gum, wide margins and very choice centering, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE. RARELY FOUND IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

We have encountered perhaps a half-dozen sound 90c 1861 stamps with original gum and Very Fine or Extremely Fine centering. The multiples that were broken to furnish singles were generally off center.

3,500
6,500
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2238
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Sale 959, Lot 2238, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)90c Blue (72). Original gum, attractive color, couple tiny perf flaws, otherwise Fine

3,500
550
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2239
 
Sale 959, Lot 2239, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)90c Blue (72). Fabulous margins and incredibly well-centered, lovely color, light multiple strikes of Boston "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. TRULY OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,150.00)

550
5,000
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2240
 
Sale 959, Lot 2240, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)90c Blue (72). Exceptionally wide margins and handsome centering, face-free cork cancel at left edge, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful stamps, with 2008 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $970.00)

550
950
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2241
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Sale 959, Lot 2241, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)2c Black (73). Original gum, lightly hinged, essentially perfectly centered, fresh and Extremely Fine, an outstanding stamp, with 2008 P.F. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,000.00)

400
1,100
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2242
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Sale 959, Lot 2242, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)2c Black (73). Original gum, fresh and Very Fine

400
180
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2243
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Sale 959, Lot 2243, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)2c Black (73). Slightly disturbed original gum, minor double transfer at bottom, unusually well-centered, Very Fine and choice, with 2008 P.F. certificate

450
600
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2244
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Sale 959, Lot 2244, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)2c Black (73). Mint N.H. block of four, sharp proof-like impression

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT "BLACK JACK". THE RIGHT PAIR IS TRULY SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.

With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged

4,000
2,350
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2245
 
Sale 959, Lot 2245, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)5c Red Brown (75). Fantastic intense shade, well-balanced margins and nearly perfect centering, lightly cancelled, Extremely Fine, rare in this superb condition, with 2001 P.F. certificate

600
1,100
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2246
 
Sale 959, Lot 2246, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)5c Red Brown (75). Precise centering, deep rich color, bold grid cancel, Extremely Fine, a superb stamp, with 2001 P.F. certificate

600
475
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2247
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Sale 959, Lot 2247, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)5c Brown (76). Block of four, original gum, rich color, light creases or bend, reperfed at left, Very Good-Fine appearance, scarce

8,500
850
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2248
 
Sale 959, Lot 2248, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)5c Brown (76). Beautifully centered with margins essentially clear of design all around, rich color, light circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $445.00)

150
400
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2249
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Sale 959, Lot 2249, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Lilac (78). Original gum, lightly hinged, attractive deep shade and proof-like impression on bright fresh paper, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 24-CENT 1861-63 ISSUE IS EXTREMELY RARE IN SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. A FAR GREATER CHALLENGE TO ACQUIRE IN THIS GRADE THAN MANY COLLECTORS REALIZE.

Scott values, which are influenced by the quantity of poorly-centered copies extant, are irrelevant in the current market for choice original-gum classics.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

2,750
2,300
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2250
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Sale 959, Lot 2250, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Lilac (78). Original gum, minor h.r., beautiful color and sharp impression, Very Fine and quite attractive, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

2,750
1,600
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2251
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Sale 959, Lot 2251, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Lilac (78). Original gum, h.r., excellent color and impression, centered to top, Very Good

2,750
170
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2252
 
Sale 959, Lot 2252, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Lilac (78). Unbelievably wide margins well clear of design all around, excellent color, circle of wedges cancel, tiny tear in top margin just above right hand star, otherwise Extremely Fine, with 2004 A.P.S. certificate that does not mention the trivial tear

250
130
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