Sale 1024 — The Natalee Grace Collection of Used Stamps of the United States, Part One: 1847-1868 Issues

Sale Date — Thursday, 7 June, 2012

Category — 1875 Reprint of 1857-60 Issue (Scott 43, 45)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
87
 
Sale 1024, Lot 87, 1875 Reprint of 1857-60 Issue (Scott 43, 45)10c Blue Green, Reprint (43). Perfectly centered, deep rich color, bold "2" numeral oval grid cancel and part of New York City duplex datestamp of 1870's to 1880's

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 REPRINT OF THE 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE. A PHENOMENAL RARITY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER, AS THIS ISSUE WAS TECHNICALLY INVALID FOR POSTAGE.

Stamps from all previous issues were made in 1875 in advance of the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. They were intended both for sale and also to showcase examples of every U.S. stamp printed to date. Stamps that were no longer valid for postage were called Reprints (those with original issue dates prior to demonetization -- Scott Nos. 3, 4 and 40-47). The 1875 Re-Issues, Reprints, Reproductions and Special Printings were only available from the office of the Third Assistant Postmaster General, who recorded the quantities purchased and the names of the purchasers. The original 1851-60 Issue stamps were printed by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilier & Co. The reprints were printed by the Continental Bank Note Company, which had the stamp printing contract in 1875 (Toppan Carpenter had merged with American Bank Note Co., as would Continental a few years later). The 1857 Reprints were perforated 12 instead of 15. New plates were made for the 1c, 3c, 10c and 12c values, and the original plates were used for the others.

On July 23, 1884, the remaining stock of Reprints was destroyed by order of the Postmaster General. The stamp offered here was probably used sometime during the late-1870's to mid-1880's on stamp dealer or collector registered mail, as were the 1861 and 1869 Re-Issues, which are known used in greater quantities (since they were also valid for postage). For the entire 1857 Reprint series, only this stamp and the 24c in the following lot are known used.

Ex Dr. Morris. With 1994 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced as used in Scott

E. 10,000-15,000
11,500
88
 
Sale 1024, Lot 88, 1875 Reprint of 1857-60 Issue (Scott 43, 45)24c Blackish Violet, Reprint (45). Well-centered, deep shade, lightly cancelled by circular datestamps circa 1875, small thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1875 REPRINT OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH WAS NOT VALID FOR POSTAGE AT THE TIME OF ISSUE.

Stamps from all previous issues were made in 1875 in advance of the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. They were intended both for sale and also to showcase examples of every U.S. stamp printed to date. Stamps that were no longer valid for postage were called Reprints (those with original issue dates prior to demonetization -- Scott Nos. 3, 4 and 40-47). The 1875 Re-Issues, Reprints, Reproductions and Special Printings were only available from the office of the Third Assistant Postmaster General, who recorded the quantities purchased and the names of the purchasers. The original 1851-60 Issue stamps were printed by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilier & Co. The reprints were printed by the Continental Bank Note Company, which had the stamp printing contract in 1875 (Toppan Carpenter had merged with American Bank Note Co., as would Continental a few years later). The 1857 Reprints were perforated 12 instead of 15. New plates were made for the 1c, 3c, 10c and 12c values, and the original plates were used for the others.

On July 23, 1884, the remaining stock of Reprints was destroyed by order of the Postmaster General. The stamp offered here was probably used during the mid- to late- 1870's on stamp dealer or collector registered mail, as were the 1861 and 1869 Re-Issues, which are known used in greater quantities (since they were also valid for postage). For the entire 1857 Reprint series, only this stamp and the 10c in the previous lot are known used.

Ex Dr. Morris. With 1995 P.F. certificate which states "contemporary cancel (circa 1875)". Listed but unpriced as used in Scott.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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