Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009
Category — 1857-60 Issue
FINE AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III ISSUE.
With 2008 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE PERFORATED TYPE IV ONE-CENT AND A RARE POSITION 7R, WHICH FURNISHED TYPE I BEFORE PLATE ONE WAS REWORKED.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,200.00 as a normal Type IV position)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 3-CENT PERFORATED TYPE I STAMP.
Unlike its Type II counterpart, the 3c Type I, which was produced in 1857 by perforating sheets from the earlier imperforate issue, is virtually impossible to find in Mint N.H. condition. Our search of previous auction catalogues confirms this observation. In addition, because the Type I plate did not provide sufficient space for perforations, stamps with complete lines on three sides are very scarce. Thus, a 3c Type I stamp in Mint N.H. condition with complete lines on three sides is a great rarity, of which only a sparse few exist.
With 1996 and 2004 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1857 ISSUE IN THE DESIRABLE INDIAN RED COLOR.
With 1999 and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $9,600.00). Only one has graded higher to date and only four others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1860 TYPE II. SCARCE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,500.00). This is one of only three examples to achieve this grade, and only one hinged and one Mint N.H. example have graded higher to date.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE III IN EXISTENCE. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
The first perforated 10c stamps produced by Toppan Carpenter from sheets printed from Plate 1 are notorious among collectors for their poor centering. They are also very scarce in original-gum condition because, unlike 10c Plate 2 stamps (Scott 35), there were no supplies on hand in 1861 when the issue was demonetized due to the outbreak of the Civil War. The example offered here, with superior centering, lightly-hinged gum, fresh paper and intense color, is a true condition rarity.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $26,800.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS RAILROAD PROPAGANDA DESIGN. ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL CALIFORNIA ILLUSTRATED COVERS.
Shortly after our recent Jarrett sale, which contained the other example, the current owner of this cover sent it to us for inclusion in our Rarities sale. He has owned it for decades and is offering it now for the first time.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC.
With 2003 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,550.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 1994 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $4,350.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $10,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only three others share this desirable grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE. 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.
Ex Renne, Yost and Scarsdale. With 1980, 1995, 2002 and 2008 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
Ex Lake Shore. With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue only lists the Black and Brown Orange shades as large die proofs. We have only sold two in Black since keeping computerized records. Scott Retail as one of the listed colors.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF-XF 85; SMQ $5,400.00)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE. SCARCE AND DESIRABLE WITH A BLUE CANCELLATION.
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.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $15,500.00)
EXTREMELY FINE CENTERING. AN UNUSUALLY WIDE-MARGINED AND PERFECTLY CENTERED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 2006 P.F. certificate