VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE I PERFORATED ISSUE.
With 1995 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. WITHOUT QUESTION THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IA STAMP IN EXISTENCE.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Although Plate 4 was designed with sufficient space to accommodate perforations, the height of the top row and bottom row positions resulted in the perforations often cutting into the design at either top or bottom. For this reason, stamps from the bottom row of Plate 4 with perforations clear of the design are especially desirable, since the characteristics of the type is complete (Type Ia) or nearly complete (Type Ic) at bottom. The stamp offered here, with original gum and the design complete all around, is one of the finest examples with original gum we have ever offered.
With 1989 and 2006 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE II. THIS IS ONLY THE FOURTH MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED IN FIFTEEN YEARS, AND IT IS EASILY THE FINEST. A TRULY REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
With 1992 and 2000 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE III. VERY FEW EXIST IN ANY TYPE OF ACCEPTABLE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. IN OUR OPINION AND THE OPINION OF THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION, THIS STAMP IS MINT NEVER-HINGED.
With 1990 and 1995 P.F. certificates (as Mint N.H.), and 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, F-VF 75). Scott Retail as hinged.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE STAMP IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
With 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90). The P.S.E. Population Report lists this 90 and one 95 in Mint N.H. condition (there are two 90's and one 95 in OGph condition).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE IV. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
The Plate 1 Late sheets on hand in 1857 were perforated on the new equipment, but the spacing between subjects and Toppan Carpenter's generally poor perforating skills resulted in the majority being off center. Examples of Scott 23 with original gum and this grade of centering are extremely rare.
With 1967 and 2000 P.F. certificates as "previously hinged" and with 2008 P.S.E. certificate stating "slightly disturbed original gum" (DOG XF 90). This is the highest grade awarded to date to an unused copy.
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 3-CENT TYPE I 1857 ISSUE IS A PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND SUPERIOR CENTERING.
With 1991 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 3-CENT DULL RED TYPE III, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95). Only two have graded higher to date.
VERY FINE. AN AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED SHADE -- IN OUR OPINION, THE BRICK RED IS ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS OF THE CLASSIC PERIOD IN SOUND CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
After surveying dozens of classic United States sale catalogues, we found approximately twenty stamps with original gum, allowing for duplicate offerings and excluding the one known original-gum block. Of the stamps we counted, about half had perfs touching two sides or were deeply cut into on one side. Almost two-thirds had stains or small faults.
Ex Gorham. With 1952, 2001 and 2007 P.F. certificates (F-VF 75).
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK OF THE 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED IN UNUSED CONDITION, WITH OR WITHOUT ORIGINAL GUM. AN IMPORTANT UNITED STATES CLASSIC BLOCK RARITY -- REGARDED TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PERFORATED 5-CENT JEFFERSON ISSUE MULTIPLE -- AND EVEN MORE REMARKABLE CONSIDERING THE GREAT RARITY OF THE 5-CENT BRICK RED AS A SINGLE STAMP WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
This is the only intact block of the 5c Brick Red. The Caspary collection contained a block of three with a fourth stamp added to create a complete block. Neither Ryohei Ishikawa nor William H. Gross were able to secure the 5c Brick Red original-gum block for their fabulous Grand Prix award-winning collections.
Apart from the block offered here, there are perhaps twenty 5c Brick Red stamps with original gum to be found among major auction sales of the past fifty years. About half of the known examples are poorly centered. Almost two-thirds have stains or small faults. Judging from our survey, we estimate that perhaps six or seven sound original-gum Brick Red stamps exist with centering approaching any of the stamps in this block. The three sound stamps in this block would probably fetch $100,000 to $150,000 each if offered as singles. The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue values a single at $80,000.00, yet the unique block carries a mere $55,000.00 premium (17%).
Many collectors know this issue by type and shade, but fewer are aware of the order of production (or release). This state of confusion is partly due to the Scott Catalogue. The distinctive Brick Red shade of the 5c 1857 Issue comes first in the series of Scott-listed perforated 5c issues, but its true release date comes later in the sequence.
Based on dated covers, the 5c Type I shades were released in the following order: 1) Red Brown, Scott 28, EDU 8/23/1857; 2) Indian Red, Scott 28A, EDU 3/31/1858; 3) Brick Red, Scott 27, EDU 10/6/1858; 4) Brown, Scott 29, EDU 3/21/1859, almost certainly the last printing from the first 5c plate. The second 5c plate was made from a new six-relief transfer roll with the design projections cut away at top and bottom, to varying degrees. The Type II Brown was issued first (Scott 30A, EDU 5/4/1860), and the Orange Brown printing from the same plate followed about one year later (Scott 30, EDU 5/8/1861).
The first 5c sheets to be perforated in mid-1857 undoubtedly came from the unissued supply of 5c imperforate sheets in the "1856" Red Brown shade. These are akin to 1c perforated stamps from Plate 1 Late (Type IV, Scott 23) and Plate 2, and 3c perforated stamps from the Type I plate (Scott 25). Covers dated during the second half of 1857 and first quarter of 1858 have 5c stamps in the "1856" shade of Red Brown, which look like Scott 12 with perforations. By March 31, 1858, the EDU of the Indian Red shade, a second printing must have been made. We suspect that the entire family of Red Brown, Bright Red Brown and Indian Red shades -- all of which differ from the "1856" Red Brown -- were printed at the same time during the first quarter of 1858. No one has established a separate EDU for an "1858" Red Brown (Scott 28) -- separated from the earlier perforated "1856" Red Brown, which has the same Scott number -- thus our hypothesis cannot yet be supported by an EDU. If we are correct, the "1858" Red Brown and Indian Red should have similar EDU dates.
The Brick Red EDU of October 6, 1858, and its predominant use in early 1859 indicate either a separate printing (3rd Quarter 1858) or a later release date for stamps printed earlier. The Brick Red color is so far removed from any of the other 5c shades, we strongly suspect it was made inadvertently while the printers tried to match the earlier 1856 Red Brown. The Brick Red shade is actually closer to some of the 3c 1851 shades than it is to the 5c 1856. Sheets of the irregular 5c shades (Brick Red) would have been added to the stacks along with the subsequent Red Brown, Bright Red Brown and Indian Red sheets. However, when stamps were issued to post offices, the "color corrected" sheets would be released before the "irregular" Brick Red sheets were distributed.
Looking at the EDU's, there is a largely consistent pattern of new 5c printings at the beginning of each year in 1858 (Red Brown), 1859 (Brown), 1860 (Type II Brown) and 1861 (Type II Orange Brown). The only exceptions to this pattern are the "1856" Red Brown perforated sheets released in mid-1857, which make sense in the context of the first perforated issue, and the October 1858 Brick Red. The Brick Red stamps are much too scarce and limited in their distribution (New Orleans and a few other scattered post offices) to constitute a separate printing in 1858. In our opinion, it makes more sense if they were printed as part of the 1st Quarter 1858 printing, but released later in the year when needed.
Ex Worthington, Hind, Sinkler and Ward. Illustrated in Linn's Philatelic Gems II. With 1989 and 2000 P.F. certificates
FINE. THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN IS AN EXTREMELY RARE STAMP WITH ORIGINAL GUM. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND SINGLE WITH ORIGINAL GUM WE HAVE OFFERED IN OVER TEN YEARS OF AUCTIONS. ONE OF THE GREATEST UNHERALDED ORIGINAL-GUM RARITIES OF CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
The perforated 5c “1856” Red Brown (Scott 28) stamps were made from the stock of imperforate stamps on hand in 1857 when perforations were introduced. Since these were the first 5c stamps to be put through the perforating machine, they were the first to be used, and very few unused examples survive, especially with original gum.
In the past ten years we have offered over 120,000 auction lots of primarily U.S. stamps. During that time, we have offered only one other single with original gum and the block in the following lot. In our opinion, the Scott Catalogue value for Scott 28 with original gum is far too low. The number of original-gum Scott 28 singles falls somewhere between the numbers for the Brick Red (Scott 27) and the Indian Red (Scott 28A), which catalogue $80,000.00 and $175,000.00, respectively. However, since so few have traded hands in the past ten years and since collectors are generally unaware of how rare this issue is with original gum, the catalogue value has remained largely unchanged.
Ex Golin. With 1999 and 2008 P.F. certificate.
FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT RED BROWN 1857 ISSUE. THIS ISSUE IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND WITH ORIGINAL GUM. THIS IS CERTAINLY THE FINEST BLOCK IN EXISTENCE, AND IS ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN TO US WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
We are aware of only four original-gum blocks: 1) the block offered here, ex Hind, Ward and Klein; 2) block of six, s.e. at bottom, ex Caspary and offered in our 1992 Rarities sale, and 3-4) block of nine illustrated in the Hill book, without gum, and since broken up into two blocks of four.
Ex Hind, Ward and Klein. With 1988 and 2006 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST ORIGINAL-GUM STAMPS IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY -- ONLY THREE INDIAN RED STAMPS WITH ANY AMOUNT OF GUM ARE CONTAINED IN OUR RECORDS.
Our search of old auction catalogues and the records of the Philatelic Foundation yielded only ten unused examples of Scott 28A. Of these, only four have been described as having any gum whatsoever. These are: 1) the stamp offered here, previously in the 1941 C. A. Brown sale by Harmer, Rooke & Co. where described as "full original gum", also ex 1968 Rarities sale and A. T. Seymour Collection (Siegel Sale 373, Apr. 23, 1970, lot 35) where described as "large part original gum" and 2005 Rarities sale (lot 102, realized $75,000 hammer); 2) the "Ambassador" copy (Siegel Sale 300, Apr. 27, 1966, lot 45A), described as part original gum, also ex Argentum (Siegel Sale 807, Feb. 23, 1999, lot 76) where described as "unused (traces of gum)"; 3) the Caspary/Lilly copy, described in both catalogues as full original gum and with light horizontal crease, offered in our auction of the Hoffman Collection (Siegel Sale 956, lot 35, realized $180,000 hammer); and 4) the example offered in our sale of the Alan Geisler Collection, where described as part original gum, a light diagonal crease and two small corner creases at top right (Siegel Sale 929, lot 47, realized $110,000 hammer).
Ex C. A. Brown and Seymour. With 1968 and 2005 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1857 ISSUE IN THE DEEP BROWN SHADE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE.
Due to the narrow spacing between subjects on the first 5c plate, many of the stamps have the outer projections touched or cut into by the perforations. A Power Search review of our records shows that we have offered only eleven other original-gum examples of this stamp since 1994. Of these, perhaps two would rate the grade of Very Fine or Extremely Fine. The example offered here, with full original gum, deep rich color, full perforations and with balanced margins, is a true condition rarity.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE FINEST OF THE THREE IN EXISTENCE AND IS A STUNNING SHOWPIECE. THIS REMARKABLE BLOCK WAS FEATURED ON THE FRONT COVER OF PART TWO OF THE WALTER KLEIN COLLECTION, BEATING OUT SUCH CONTENDERS AS A BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND A BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE FOR THE HONOR.
This block is important for several reasons. In several of our past catalogue descriptions, we have stated that due to the narrow spacing on the plate, many examples of Type I are either touched or badly cutting into the design. There is no better way to demonstrate this fact than with a multiple. This block is also important because it is one of the last surviving classic U.S. multiples with well-centered stamps. Virtually all have been broken to feed the demand for high-quality singles.
There are only three blocks of four of the 5c Brown. Amazingly, all were owned by Walter Klein. They are: 1) the block offered here, sound, each stamp well-centered, ex Worthington, Sinkler, Ward and Klein; 2) block of four with bottom right stamp showing the transfer flaw, slight reinforcement, tiny nick in perf hole at top left, ex Caspary, Klein and Zoellner; and 3) block of four with bottom right stamp showing the transfer flaw, perfs either into or touching design on right stamps, ex Caspary, Lehman and Klein.
With 1988 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN. SCARCE IN SUCH EXQUISITE CONDITION.
With 1980 and 1989 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 1861 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN. THIS IS THE SECOND LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS ISSUE -- IT IS IN MUCH BETTER CONDITION THAN THE LARGER BLOCK. THE CENTER STAMP, WITH SUPERIOR CENTERING AND MINT NEVER-HINGED ORIGINAL GUM, IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES EXTANT.
Although a relatively large number of 5c Orange Browns reached collectors from unused supplies left over after the issue was demonetized due to the Civil War, multiples are scarce, and most have been broken to feed the market's desire for singles. The largest recorded multiple is a block of 32 with selvage at top and right (offered in our 2001 Rarities sale). This is the only recorded block of nine, which is the second largest recorded multiple.
Ex Caspary and Stanitz. With 1975 and 2006 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as block of four, strip of three and pair.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 1860 5-CENT TYPE II BROWN IS RARE IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Unlike its Orange Brown counterpart, the 5c Type II in Brown was not on hand in post offices when the 1861 demonetization order took effect. Therefore, original-gum examples of Scott 30A are far scarcer than Scott 30. The narrow spacing between subjects on the plate, as well as Toppan Carpenter's imprecise perforating, leaves collectors with very few well-centered original-gum examples.
Ex Caspary. With 1984 and 1995 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1860 5-CENT TYPE II CONTAINED IN OUR RECORDS. A MARVELOUS SHOWPIECE.
The Brown Type II is far rarer in multiples than the Orange Brown, because unlike the 1861 Orange Brown, the earlier printing in Brown was not left in Southern post offices when the issue was demonetized in August 1861. The largest recorded multiple is a block of nine with plate no. and imprint at left., followed by one horizontal block of six (creased thru bottom three stamps) and approximately a half-dozen blocks of four. Photos of most of the known blocks can be located on our website using Power Search, which will provide visual confirmation of the superior centering of this block.
Ex Caspary, Hetherington and Ishikawa. With 1957, 1993 and 2003 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE I WITH WIDE SHEET SELVAGE AND UNUSUALLY CHOICE CENTERING. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM COPIES IN EXISTENCE.
Type I stamps are only found on the 20 stamps that comprise the bottom row of the plate. Due to narrow spacing on the plate and difficulties in aligning the perforating machine, stamps at the bottom of the plate usually have perforations cutting into the bottom portion of the design. This is a negative, because Type I is defined as having the design complete at bottom. The population of stamps showing the characteristic available to collectors is extremely limited, especially when other factors such as gum and soundness are taken into consideration.
A review using Power Search shows exactly how rare this stamp is in such superior condition. We have offered only one other in sound original-gum and centered condition in the past 15 years. The presence of the sheet selvage on this Type I stamp is an extraordinary bonus.
Ex U.S. Trust Co. sale, Southern Cross and Weisman. With 1991 P.F. and 1993 P.S.E. certificates. Offered to the market for the first time in ten years.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. IN OUR OPINION THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 10-CENT TYPE II IN EXISTENCE -- IT IS THE ONLY MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. THE COLOR IS STUNNING, THE PAPER IS BRIGHT AND FRESH, AND THE CENTERING AND MARGINS ARE PHENOMENAL.
A review using Power Search, and also a review of our library's auction catalogues, surprised us. Perhaps the availability of 10c 1857 Type II and Type III stamps caused us to assume that the original-gum population is greater than it really is. However, as we looked more closely, we found very few original-gum singles. Virtually all have small flaws (creases being the most common) or are off center. There are several multiples containing Type II stamps in combination with Type III, but all seemed to contain either defective or off-center stamps and would not yield even one sound, well-centered hinged copy.
This is the first time we have had reason to do the research, simply because we have not offered a well-centered and sound copy since 1999, and even that stamp paled in comparison to the one offered here. This stamp, with its pristine Mint N.H. original gum, beautiful color, bright paper and wide margins, has emerged as one of our favorites in this collection of many extraordinary stamps.
With 1990 and 2000 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE III.
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.
With 1992 and 1993 P.F. certificates, the former as a pair. The other stamp in the pair was offered in our auction of the Scarsdale Collection in 2006.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 10-CENT TYPE V. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
Despite the fact that unused copies are relatively plentiful, this stamp is still extremely difficult to find in Mint N.H. condition with such superior centering. The highest graded example is an 85, and we have only offered one other with comparable centering.
Ex Caspary (as part of a multiple) and Morris (as a single). With 1991 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE IN ANY CATEGORY. THE 2009 SCOTT SPECIALIZED HAS JUST ELEVATED THE PLATE 3 STAMP TO A MAJOR CATALOGUE NUMBER.
The most recent scholarship regarding the Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. plates used to print the 12c 1851-57 Issue is clearly articulated by James A. Allen in "The 1851 Imperforate (Scott U.S. #17): Plating Updated and Additional New Findings" (The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: a Sesquicentennial Retrospective, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society). Traditionally, the 12c plates are identified as Plate 1 (from which all imperforate and some perforated stamps were printed), Plate 2 (evidently never used) and Plate 3 (which produced stamps that were only regularly issued with perforations). It is highly probable that Plate "3" was the first one made in 1851, but it was put aside and not used until 1859.
Plate 3 stamps (Scott 36B) are characterized primarily by uneven or broken outer framelines of the design. The subjects on Plate 1, which produced Scott Nos. 17 and 36, have even framelines that were extensively recut. Original-gum Plate 3 stamps with the centering and wide margins evident in this example are very scarce.
With 1988 and 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98). This is the highest grade awarded to Scott 36B in any category (Used, NG/RG/POG or OG). A note from master grader Dr. William Litle confirms that "This is the first 98 of any kind for 36b."
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY WIDE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 1986 and 1994 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE IN THE GRAY SUB-SHADE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
Collectors looking for Gem quality stamps (unused and used) from the 1857 perforated issue know that one of the most difficult denominations to obtain is the 24c value. The margins are often narrow, with the design almost always touched (if not in) at top or bottom. This is the finest original-gum example of the 24c Gray shade we have offered in years.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE. SCARCE WITH SUCH PRISTINE COLOR.
With 1987 and 2000 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
This block clearly demonstrates why it is so difficult to find this issue with choice centering. The narrow space between subjects on the plate makes it almost impossible for the perforations to clear the design on all four sides.
As an indication of rarity, the last intact block we offered was in 2004, and the last block with centering comparable to the one offered here was sold in 2002.
With 2005 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue assigns a 45% premium for a block versus four singles, which we consider to be too low based on relative scarcity.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 1990 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE SHORT-LIVED 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. MULTIPLES OF THIS ISSUE ARE EXTREMELY RARE.
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. 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. Most unused multiples probably come from supplies recovered from Southern post offices.
Ex Anderson. With 1980, 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates. As an indication of rarity, the last block we offered was in our 1998 Zoellner sale.