EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE I.
With 1983 and 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,750.00). Only five have graded higher to date and only two others share this grade.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE Ia STAMP. ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN USED EXAMPLES WITH CHOICE CENTERING AND A LIGHT CANCEL.
Due to narrow spacing on the plate, most examples of this stamp have part of the type characteristics cut away by the perforations. It is an obvious early impression from Plate 4.
Signed Ashbrook. With 1984 and 2004 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III PERFORATED ISSUE IS RARE IN THIS CHOICE USED CONDITION.
Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on some portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the type characteristics are clearly visible.
With 2004 P.F. certificate. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $15,600.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA.
With 1996 and 2004 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE IV, RECUT TWICE AT TOP AND ONCE AT BOTTOM.
There are only four positions on the recut plate which are recut twice at top and once at bottom. One of those, Position 71L1L, is a triple transfer, one inverted position.
With 2005 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN.
With 2000 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE STRADDLE-PANE MARGIN.
Ex Yost. With 1989 and 1996 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BROWN. SCARCE IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
With 1988 and 2000 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN. RARE IN WELL-CENTERED AND SOUND USED CONDITION.
The Orange Brown was issued just before the 1857-61 Issue was demonetized, and thus is very scarce in used condition.
With 1997 P.S.E. and 1997 and 2004 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE I PERFORATED. A DESIRABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
With 1998 and 2004 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE IV PERFORATED 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM THE ONLY POSITION RECUT AT BOTH TOP AND BOTTOM.
With 1988, 1990 and 2004 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 1. THIS STAMP IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE WITH SUCH WONDERFUL CENTERING, IMPRESSION AND CANCELLATION.
Ex Drucker and Hinrichs. With 1988 and 2004 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $3,650.00 as 95). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
Ex Morris. With 1985 and 1991 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,050.00). Only three have graded higher to date and only seven others share this desirable grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.
The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 30c and 90c 1860 were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.
With 1984 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 95J) and only four others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE SHORT-LIVED 90-CENT 1860 -- THE FIRST UNITED STATES 90-CENT ISSUE.
The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a large volume of mail franked with those values. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare. Approximately 180 used examples have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, of which approximately one-quarter are sound. Of these sound examples, many are off-center.
Ex Hinrichs. With 1980, 1995 and 2004 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $13,800.00). Only one has graded higher to date.