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Sale 997 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 26-29 October, 2010

Category — 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5163
og
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5163, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). C Relief, original gum, barest trace of hinging, large to huge margins all around incl. portion of the adjoining stamp at right, intense color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE TWO FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT FACE-DIFFERENT DESIGNS TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The 5c stamp was issued in 1856, five years after the 1c, 3c and 12c values and one year after the 10c were issued. It was typically used to pay the 5c shore-to-ship rate for mail sent overseas and also in multiples for the 10c transcontinental or 15c U.S.-French treaty rates.

With the exception of some rare types of the 1c and 10c, such as Scott Nos. 5 and 16, the 5c stamp is the most difficult denomination to obtain with four margins in sound original-gum condition. The spacing between stamps was very narrow, leaving little margin for error when separating the stamps, which explains why so few examples are known with four margins. When other factors such as gum, color and impression are taken into consideration, the rarity and beauty of the stamp offered here may be fully appreciated. The only stamp that rivals this example was in our sale of the Scarsdale collection (Sale 918, lot 9, realized $57,500 hammer).

Ex Seymour and Whitman. With 1985, 1990 and 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $60,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only OGph example to achieve this grade (the next highest is VF 80).

30,000
47,500
5164
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5164, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Full to large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at left, rich color and detailed impression on bright white paper, neat virtually face-free grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2002 P.F. certificate

825
800
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5165
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5165, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Full to large margins all around, deep rich color, unobtrusive strike of circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,000.00)

825
800
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5166
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5166, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Full to large margins, rich color, New Orleans circular datestamp mostly clear of face, Very Fine and choice

825
450
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5167
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5167, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Ample to large margins showing bit of adjoining stamp at left, face-free strike of circular datestamp and with French due marking cancel, Very Fine, scarce with the French decimes marking on the stamp, Scott Retail with no premium for the cancel

825
475
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5168
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5168, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Ample to large margins, red circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine, with 1998 A.P.S. certificate

975
550
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5169
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5169, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins at top and bottom, ample to clear at sides, lightly struck red circular datestamp, Fine and attractive

975
350
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5170
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5170, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Two huge margins, other sides clear to touching, circular datestamp cancel, offset on back, Fine, with 1983 P.F. certificate

825
225
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5171
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5171, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Ample to full margins, bright shade on crisp paper, circular datestamp and portion of red transit cancel, faint thin spot at left of Jefferson's head noted only on most recent certificate, Very Fine appearance, with 1991 and 2010 P.F. certificates

975
300
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5172
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5172, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Ample to full margins, light face-free cancel, vertical line of ms. offset on back barely evident on front at top left, Very Fine appearance

825
300
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5173
 
Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5173, 5c 1856 Issue (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal strip of three with straddle-pane margin and centerline at right, other sides ample to just in, New Orleans circular datestamps

FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE WITH CENTERLINE MARGIN.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

4,500
850
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