Sale 978 — The Beverly Hills Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
Sale Date — Friday, 4 December, 2009
Category — 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproductions
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE ORANGE BROWN COLOR, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED 80 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE ONLY GRADED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THIS DESIRABLE SHADE.
P.S.E. encapsulated (OGph, VF 80; SMQ $8,400.00).
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN COMPLETELY SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION WITH FOUR FULL MARGINS. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY AND A MARVELOUS EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST UNITED STATES GENERAL ISSUE.
The Act of March 3, 1847, signed by President Polk, specified that Postmaster General Cave Johnson "be authorized to prepare postage stamps, which when attached to any letter or packet, shall be evidence of the payment of the postage..." The law’s effective date was July 1, and the Post Office acted immediately to secure a contract with Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and (the new partner) Edson, so that stamps could be distributed by that date. The Washington vignette is based on the iconic image painted by Gilbert Stuart.
P.S.E. encapsulated (Mint OG, VF 80; SMQ $40,500.00). Only one other shares this grade and only one grades higher. A review using Power Search will display both of the other stamps -- the one graded higher (at 85) notes a light gum crease, while the only other example to achieve this grade was just offered in our 2009 Rarities sale.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE ORANGE BROWN SHADE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only seven others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, WITH A HUGE SHEET MARGIN AT TOP.
P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,450.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
With 2006 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00)