Sale 997 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 26-29 October, 2010
Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-70)
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 10-CENT FIRST DESIGN.
The 10c 1861 "First Design" (or Type I from Plate 4) is extremely difficult to find in well-centered, sound, original-gum condition, This is partly due to the narrow spacing on Plate 4, which was used for the earliest printing.
VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK. A RARE STAMP IN THIS CHOICE SOUND CONDITION.
With 1989, 2003 and 2010 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF.
With 1983 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE BROWN YELLOW SHADE. WE HAVE SOLD ONLY ELEVEN OTHERS SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.
The 5c Brown Yellow is recognized as being among the rarest of 1861-66 Issue stamps in original-gum condition. Perhaps the only shade varieties rarer than the 5c Brown Yellow are the 3c Pigeon Blood Pink and 24c Blackish Violet (Scott 64a and 78c). A review of Power Search found only eleven other unduplicated examples offered in all of our Rarities sales and in the past 16 years of our auctions.
With 1978 and 2010 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 1861 24-CENT STEEL BLUE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED, IN TERMS OF COLOR, MARGINS AND CENTERING.
The 1861 Issue high values are usually cancelled by cork killers designed to obliterate the design and prevent re-use. The use of a town datestamp to cancel this magnificent 24c Steel Blue adds an element of scarcity and desirability to an already-impressive stamp.