EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.
Type Ia, imperforate and perforated, only comes from 18 positions in the bottom rows of the right and left panes of Plate 4. Due to difficulties in perforating sheets from Plate 4, many examples of Type Ia have perforations cutting into the design at bottom, which destroys the defining characteristic of the type. The example offered here, with choice centering and showing the full design, is very rare.
With 2012 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia ON A SMALL FRESH FOLDED CIRCULAR.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Most examples on cover are either off-center, have small faults or are used with other stamps. The example offered here, a choice single on a pristine circular, is a condition rarity.
The earliest documented use of a Scott 19 is September 7, 1857, if the August 1 cover without a yeardate is excluded (see footnote in Scott Catalogue). This predates the September 9 EDU
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE 11.
Relief T, used only for the top row of Plate 11, has the complete design at top, and those positions produced what Ashbrook and Neinken called "perfect" examples of Type II.
With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $2,600.00 for Plates 2 or 12). SMQ does not price this from Plate 11; Scott Catalogue price from Plate 11 is almost double that from Plate 2.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa.
This stamp shows a clear break at top and a complete outer line at bottom. Due to the narrow spacing, the type characteristics are not always as clearly visible as in the example offered here.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,600.00)
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE CARICATURE COVER USED TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION.
With 2009 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND VERY RARE ESSAY OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
Scott Catalogue lists this essay as cut to stamp size. This essay, with generous borders, is very desirable.
Ex Lake Shore. With 1997 A.P.S. and 2005 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH SHOWS FULL DIE SINKAGE.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.
The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 30c and 90c 1860 were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound, well-centered and lightly-cancelled condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95J; SMQ $4,750.00 as 95, $10,500.00 as 98). This is the only example to achieve this grade and one has graded higher (at 98).
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF-XF 85; SMQ $4,100.00)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
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. The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a large volume of mail franked with those values. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. 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. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies are scarce and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare. Approximately 180 used examples have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, of which approximately one-quarter are sound.
EXTREMELY FINE GROUP OF PLATE BLOCKS OF 12 OF THE 1857 REPRINTS ON INDIA PAPER.
Scott Retail as plate blocks of eight and singles
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1857 REPRINT.
Only 878 were sold. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $3,450.00). Only two have graded higher to date and only one other shares this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT REPRINT OF THE 1857-60 ISSUE.
Only 489 were sold. With 2012 P.F. certificate