VERY FINE APPEARANCE. POSITION 7R1E -- THE SEVENTH STAMP IN THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE 1 EARLY -- IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE 1,000 POSITIONS USED TO PRINT IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STAMPS THAT SHOWS THE COMPLETE DESIGN (TYPE I). A GREAT RARITY.
The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal contains at least 98 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills.
Ex Kelley and LeBow. Wagshal Census No. 5-CAN-22. With 1989 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IB FROM PLATE ONE EARLY FROM ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE IB EXAMPLES.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp from Plate 1 Early. Six positions on Plate 1E 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 1994 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE CORNER SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IA, ONE OF THE RARITIES FURNISHED BY PLATE FOUR.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). 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 1992 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $30,400.00). This remarkable stamp realized $10,000 more than 16 years ago in our 1992 Rarities sale.
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III WITH A RED CARRIER CANCELLATION.
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. This stamp is notable both for its overall condition and also for the clear breaks which are evident at both top and bottom. It should also be considered extremely rare with a red cancellation -- most have either black cancels or occasionally a blue cancel, neither of which stands out from the design as prominently as this red carrier datestamp.
With 2003 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA IMPERFORATE WITH A BLUE CIRCULAR DATESTAMP CANCEL.
Ex Hinrichs. With 1997 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
Ex Hinrichs. With 1994 P.S.E. and 2004 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED 1855 10-CENT TYPE I IMPERFORATE STAMPS WE HAVE EVER OFFERED. A BREATHTAKING GEM.
For some unknown reason, even though the 10c Type I stamps come from the bottom row of the sheet, most have the sheet margin trimmed. The stamp offered here, with its wide sheet margin and enormous margins on all sides, is a true condition rarity.
With 1993 and 2005 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $7,100.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MASSIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I WITH SHEET MARGIN AT BOTTOM AND A PORTION OF ADJOINING STAMP AT TOP.
With 1979 and 2004 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MASSIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE II.
With 1986 and 1998 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MASSIVE SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III.
In recent years it has become fashionable to cut down imperforate multiples into enormous singles with parts of adjoining stamps attached. This stamp is what we might call a "natural" beauty. The "New-York" circular datestamp was not normally used to cancel stamps on foreign-bound covers, so this single was probably used alone on a trans-continental rate cover. Although it does not have parts of adjoining stamps all around, its margins extend to the limit, creating a "small die proof" effect. In a collection filled with great stamps, this is one we particularly admire.
With 1989 and 2004 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,450.00 as 98). Only three have graded higher to date.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV IMPERFORATE.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A WONDERFUL LARGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH A BLUE CIRCULAR DATESTAMP CANCELLATION.
With 1985 and 2004 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,900.00)