Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
107
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Sale 973, Lot 107, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown, Re-Issue (124). Unused (no gum), deep rich color and proof-like impression, mathematically perfect centering with unusually wide margins, long and full perforations all around

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.

300
4,250
108
 
Sale 973, Lot 108, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Blue, Re-Issue (125). Bright color, neat strike of 1883 double oval cancel, small corner crease at top right and single repaired perf at top right

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.

27,500
8,000
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109
og
Sale 973, Lot 109, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127). Original gum, vibrant color as fresh as the day it was printed, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins

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.

2,000
7,000
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110°
nh
Sale 973, Lot 110, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green, Re-Issue (128). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, choice centering with wide margins

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.

E. 15,000-20,000
17,000
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111
og
Sale 973, Lot 111, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130). Original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression, with bottom sheet selvage showing full "National Bank Note Co. New York" imprint of vignette plate, well-balanced margins

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

2,500
4,000
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112
 
Sale 973, Lot 112, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130). Unusually wide margins and nearly perfect centering, bright colors, unobtrusive cancels leave design clearly visible

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.

1,750
6,250
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113°
 
Sale 973, Lot 113, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131). Vivid colors, wide margins and nicely centered, unobtrusive strike of oval grid

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

3,000
2,200
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