EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST DESIGN 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CANCEL.
The 10c 1861 "First Design" (or Type I from Plate 4) is extremely difficult to find in well-centered and sound condition. This is partly due to the narrow spacing on Plate 4, which was used for the earliest printing. This stamp is nearly the equal of the 10c Type I in our Sale 953 (lot 299), which realized $25,000 hammer.
Ex Zoellner. With 1992 and 2006 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $4,050.00). Only one has graded higher to date and only two have graded higher.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK, WITH A GORGEOUS BLUE "SOCKED-ON-THE-NOSE" CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.
With 2004 P.F. certificate. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1861 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF WITH GORGEOUS COLOR, CENTERING, PERFORATIONS AND CANCEL. A REMARKABLE STAMP.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,400.00). Only two have graded higher to date and only ten others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE BROWN YELLOW COLOR.
Due to narrow spacing on the 5c plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with choice centering and the red town cancellation, should be considered a condition rarity.
With 2002 P.F. certificate. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,650.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT RED LILAC SHADE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.
This stamp is certainly one of the finest examples of the early 24c 1861 Red Lilac shade we have handled, in terms of centering, margins, cancellation and overall condition.
With 1991, 1996 and 2005 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE WITH EXCEPTIONALLY WIDE MARGINS.
Ex Hinrichs. With 1991 and 2004 P.F. certificates. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $14,600.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to date to this Scott number in any category (OG, used etc.) and is the only example to achieve this grade.
FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET. THIS IS POSSIBLY THE MOST DIFFICULT SHADE OF THE 1861-63 ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN ANY CONDITION.
A thorough search through past auction catalogues will demonstrate how rare this stamp is in either used or unused condition. With regard to used stamps, this shade was lacking from the Ishikawa, Grunin, Klein, Caspary and Twigg-Smith collections. The Zoellner collection contained an original-gum single even though the rest of the series was obtained in used condition, because a suitable used stamp was never offered.
With 1992 P.S.E. and 2005 P.F. certificates