Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009
Category — 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- IT IS BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (NG, Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95; SMQ $950.00 as a 95 with no gum). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade. One used copy has been graded 95J, and beyond that the highest grade in any category is a 95. SMQ does not price the no gum or original gum stamps in any grade higher than a 95, which is an excellent indication of the rarity of this issue in higher grades.
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE. ONLY FIFTEEN HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION
Our comprehensive census records found only fifteen used examples of the 3c 1869 Pictorial Re-Issue. All have been certified by the P.F. Of these 15 copies, only three are sound or potentially sound -- all have relatively low certificate numbers and should be re-examined for condition.
With 2009 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
The 10c and 30c 1869 Pictorials and their Re-Issues are two of the most difficult designs to obtain in higher grades. Part of the reason for his has to do with their asymmetrical designs, which do not lend themselves easily to precise mathematical centering, which is the basis for numerical grading. For Scott 116, there are two used and one no gum copies graded 98 and none with original gum. For Scott No. 121 there is only one in any category graded higher than a 95 (a 95J used copy). For Scott 127 there is this stamp and one other with original gum graded 98 (only one other is graded 95J -- the rest are 95 or below). Scott 131 has the most, with four original gum and two two used graded 98.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, Superb 98; SMQ $14,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS THE FIRST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.
With 2001 P.F. and 2001 P.S.E. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged. We have offered one example of the normal issue, Scott 117, in Mint N.H. condition, which realized $35,000 hammer in our 2007 Rarities sale.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE WITH THE FULL IMPRINT AT BOTTOM.
With P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $3,450.00 as 90, $8,250.00 as 95). SMQ estimates that approximately 70 used examples are known. Only one has graded higher to date.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
With 1996 P.F. certificate