VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE SMALL BEE FANCY CANCEL OF WATERBURY, WHICH SHOWS ALMOST THE COMPLETE DESIGN.
With 2004 A.P.S. and 2011 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 1990 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.
Our survey of the Philatelic Foundation records shows approximately 25 examples have been certified as genuine, of which about half have faults.
With 1931 A.P.S., 1975 and 2010 P.F. certificates
FINE-VERY FINE. A VERY RARE BLOCK OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE TYPE II WITH MARVELOUS RICH COLORS AND IMPRESSIONS.
With 1981 P.F. certificate which states "unused, original gum". Scott Retail as block of four and pair with gum
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
P.S.E. encapsulated (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $3,400.00 as 95, $13,000.00 as 98). Only one has graded higher to date (at 98) and only two others share this grade.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.
Our survey of auction catalogs and Philatelic Foundation records produced 23 examples of the 24c 1869 Without Grill (Scott 120a), of which half have faults.
Blue "W.H.C." Colson backstamp. With 2012 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM WITH THE EXALTED P.S.E. GRADE OF XF-SUPERB 95. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
The 90c 1869 Pictorial is widely admired for its beautiful engraving and dignified portrait of Abraham Lincoln. However, collectors have been frustrated in their efforts to acquire choice examples of this issue. Used 90c stamps are typically heavily cancelled, because the high denomination was cause for postal clerks to thoroughly obliterate any chance for re-use. Naturally, the significant monetary value of 90c in 1869 limited the number of unused stamps that would be saved for future collectors. Therefore, the collector ideals of "well-centered with original gum" and "lightly cancelled" are seldom obtainable in the available supply of 90c 1869's. The stamp offered here, with lightly hinged original gum and choice centering, probably ranks among the top 1% of surviving 90c 1869's in unused state.
Ex Scarsdale. 1997 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $67,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and only one other shares this grade.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A LOVELY ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
From our 1994 Rarities of the World "Concord" Collection. With 1994 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90c 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 1973 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE AND RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. THE COLORS ARE RICH AND DEEP, AND THE TARGET CANCEL LEAVES MOST OF THE VIGNETTE CLEARLY VISIBLE. ONLY 93 COPIES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of 1869 Inverts, published in the February 1999 Chronicle and updated with three new stamps, contains 93 examples of the 15c Invert, including three unused and 90 used (one in the British Library's Tapling collection).
Ex De Verymont, Seymour, Ishikawa and Dauer. Census No. 119b-CAN-NC01. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (F 70; SMQ $55,000.00). This is the highest grade which is priced in SMQ.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 INVERT.
Our published 1869 Invert census (with unpublished updates) contains 89 copies of the perforated 24c Invert, including four unused stamps and multiples. Very few are sound or as attractive as the stamp offered here.
Census No. 120b-CAN-CW04. Ex Twigg-Smith and Hansen. 1970 and 2001 P.F. certificates no longer accompany. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (F 70; SMQ $63,500.00). Only one has graded higher to date (at 75) and only two others share this grade. The Scott value for No. 120b is for "fine centered examples with only minimal faults."
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT WITH WIDE-SPACED TOP AND BOTTOM MARGINS AND PART OF A RED FOREIGN TRANSIT MARKING.
Our recently updated census of the 30c 1869 Invert, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/121b/121b.pdf , contains a total of 46 stamps, including 7 unused and 39 used. The stamp offered here is one of five in the Wide-Spaced centering category (see Chronicle No. 138, May 1988, page 123). The Wide-Spaced stamps have extra wide top and bottom margins. Three of the five Wide-Spaced stamps are centered slightly to left, as is this copy.
Census No. 121b-CAN-WS04. Ex Hansen. 1978 and 2005 P.F. certificates no longer accompany. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (F 70; SMQ $92,000.00). Only two have graded higher to date and only one other shares this grade. That said, this Wide-Spaced stamp with rich colors deserves a higher grade in our opinion (VF 80)
VERY FINE AND BEAUTIFUL SET OF 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT PLATE PROOFS. ONLY ONE SHEET OF 100 OF EACH WAS PRODUCED.
All known examples of these invert proofs come from the sheets in the Earl of Crawford collection. 90c with 1983 P.F. certificate.
FRESH AND VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
Ex Coulter and Dauer. With 1974 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90). SMQ estimates that approximately 30 are known used.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 RE-ISSUE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.
Jonathan W. Rose, in his book United States Postage Stamps of 1869, estimates that no more than five to ten copies of this error exist (our own estimate is 20-30; two are known used). Only one sheet of 100 was issued, and all were cut into singles by a clerk in the Third Assistant Postmaster General's office. It is not known how many were sold.
With 1993 P.F. certificate