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Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 28-29 November, 2012

Category — 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
41
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 41, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, C Relief, choice centering with wide margins, deep rich color, bold strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE I. A RARE STAMP IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

The defining characteristic of Type I is that the entire design is printed, including the scrolls and plumes at bottom. Among the plates used to print imperforate stamps, only one position out of 1,000 can claim that honor (Position 7R1E, Scott No. 5). Type I perforated stamps are only known from certain positions on Plate 12. Due to the narrow spacing between perforations and difficulties of production, this issue is usually found with part of the design cut off by the perforations. The example offered here, with rich color, a clear cancel and with the design characteristics clearly visible, is a true condition rarity.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded and six others share it.

550
2,600
42
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 42, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 100R4, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, face-free strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE Ia. THIS IS ONE OF THE SCARCEST AND MOST DESIRABLE TYPES OF THE ISSUE.

Type Ia stamps were produced from 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. After perforations were introduced in mid-1857, sheets on hand printed from Plates 1 Late and 2 were fed through the new perforating machine, but the narrow spacing between stamps made perforating difficult to accomplish without cutting into the designs. Plate 4 was produced in early 1857 when the introduction of perforations was anticipated; thus, it was entered from a new six-relief transfer roll, and the spaces between stamps were enlarged to allow for perforations. Some Plate 4 sheets were issued in imperforate form (April to June 1857), while the greater portion was issued perforated beginning in July 1857, along with perforated sheets from Plates 1L and 2.

Plate 4's most distinctive feature is that the top row (Positions 1-10L and 1-10R) was entered with the designs complete at top (Type II) and the bottom row (Positions 91-100L and 91-100R) was entered with designs complete or nearly complete at bottom (Types Ia and Ic). Although the plate layout provided sufficient space for perforations, the height of the top-row and bottom-row designs was larger than others in the sheet, which resulted in perforations cutting into either the top or bottom rows, depending on which direction the sheet was fed into the perforator. Type Ia and Ic stamps from the bottom row are almost always cut into at bottom, an unfortunate situation for collectors because the bottom part of the design is what makes Type Ia and Ic stamps desirable.

Ex Sheriff (on cover) and Vineyard. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $35,600.00). Only three have graded higher and only two others have equaled this grade

9,000
13,000
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43
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 43, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. Ic (19b), 1c Blue, Ty. Ic (19b)1c Blue, Ty. Ic (19b). Position 81R4, E Relief, rich color on bright paper, face-free strike of circular datestamp, graded Fine but in our opinion a Very Fine example of this scarce sub-type, with 2008 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (F 70; SMQ $1,050.00)

2,500
1,200
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44
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 44, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Plate 12, exceptional centering with lovely pastel color complimented by a pretty "Paint" red grid, the cancel is neatly struck as to leave the main features of the stamp distraction free, Extremely Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $760.00 as ordinary 90)

305
1,800
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45
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 45, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, unusually choice centering with wide margins, intact perforations at top, deep rich color, unobtrusive strikes of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on a portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the breaks in both the bottom and top lines are clearly visible.

From our 2004 Rarities sale (as a pair). With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,300.00). This is the highest grade awarded.

2,500
8,000
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46
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 46, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, rich color and detailed impression, showing clear breaks at both top and bottom (the characteristic of the type), unobtrusive yet clearly visible red circular datestamp, perfs at left slightly blunted by scissors separation, still Very Fine, an attractive stamp with red cancel, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate

2,590
1,200
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47
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 47, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 11, brilliant color and paper, gorgeous centering with well-proportioned margins, light cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Plates 11 and 12 were probably made in June 1860, with less than six months left in Toppan, Carpenter's contract. The earliest known use from either plate is January 1861, a relatively short time before the stamps were demonetized. As illustrations of stamps from Plates 11 and 12 in the Neinken book show, the centering and impressions of stamps from these plates was rather poor ("Poor perforating was the rule rather than the exception" -- Neinken book, p. 473). The stamp offered here, with bright color, balanced margins and a light cancel, is truly remarkable.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). Only two have graded higher (both 95J and offered in our recent Natalee Grace and Kirke sales).

500
2,900
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48
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 48, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (23)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23). Recut once at top and twice at bottom, deep rich color and detailed impression on bright paper, nicely complemented by red New York Carrier cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IV WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Most examples of this issue have perforations either touching or cutting into the recut lines. The example offered here, with intact recut lines at top and bottom, is the rare exception to that rule.

With 1990 P.F. and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it (one offered in the Kirke sale).

1,030
4,750
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49
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 49, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (23)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23). Recut once at top and bottom, rich color on bright paper, neat strike of circular datestamp, Fine, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate

900
350
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50
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 50, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Rich color on bright paper, Jumbo margins, lightly cancelled leaving entire design clearly visible, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1998 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $675.00 as 95, $2,500.00 as 98), only two have graded higher and one other shares this grade

40
1,100
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51
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 51, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)3c Rose, Ty. I (25), 3c Rose, Ty. I (25)3c Rose, Ty. I (25). Without recut inner lines, deep rich color and proof-like impression, almost perfectly centered, neat strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 3-CENT ROSE TYPE I WITHOUT RECUT INNER LINES.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,300.00). Remarkably, the P.S.E. Population Report lists only two XF-Superb 95 and one Superb 98 for the 3c Type I perforated.

125
2,300
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52
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 52, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26). Wide margins, with double frameline at upper left, brilliant color on bright paper, neat strike of circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp in every respect, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $650.00), only two have graded higher (at 98J), nine others share this grade but we do not know if any others are in the Brownish Carmine shade

9
475
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53
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 53, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A)3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A). Deep rich color and proof-like impression nicely complemented by blue circular datestamp, unusually choice margins for this difficult issue, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, this is difficult to obtain in higher grades, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,350.00), only two have graded higher (the highest is a 98) and only three others share this grade

152
700
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54
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 54, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)5c Brick Red (27), 5c Brick Red (27)5c Brick Red (27). Brilliant color, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins and with outer projections completely untouched by the perfs, well-struck "New Orleans La. May 19, 1859" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE -- THIS REMARKABLE STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

Ex Tahoe. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $13,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share this grade. This statistic has not changed since we last offered this stamp in 2008.

1,650
8,000
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55
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 55, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)5c Red Brown (28), 5c Red Brown (28)5c Red Brown (28). Intense shade on bright paper, perfectly centered with perfs well clear of outer projections on all sides, long and full perforations, neat strikes of New Orleans circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS AND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.

Due to the narrow spacing between stamps on the plate, the perforations often touch or go into the outer portion of the design on one or more sides. The example offered here, with perfect centering and unusually wide margins, is a true condition rarity.

With 1984 and 1999 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,500.00). Only two have graded higher (at 98) and three others share this grade.

1,200
5,250
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56
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 56, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)5c Indian Red (28A), 5c Indian Red (28A)5c Indian Red (28A). Gorgeous intense shade in the unmistakable true Indian Red color, towards the deeper end of the color spectrum, choice centering with perfs clear of outer projections on all sides, neat strike of New Orleans circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED, WITH STUNNING COLOR, FRESH PAPER AND LONG AND FULL PERFORATIONS ALL AROUND. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.

The deepest shade of Red Brown from the 1858 printing is known as Indian Red. It is found in a short spectrum of color, ranging from a dark purplish shade to a vivid "glowing" orange shade. To be classified as Indian Red, the stamp's impression must be strong throughout, especially in the area of the oval surrounding Jefferson's head. If a stamp possesses anything less than a very deep impression with the characteristic intense red shade, it will fall short of Indian Red, Scott 28A (and that is why Scott 28b was created as "second place").

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $8,100.00). Only one has graded higher and four others share this grade.

3,500
6,500
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57
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 57, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)5c Brown (29), 5c Brown (29)5c Brown (29). Rich color on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide margins, design clear of outer projections on all four sides, face-free strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 5-CENT TYPE I BROWN, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 1985 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,800.00). Only two have graded higher (at 98) and five others share this grade.

375
2,700
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58
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 58, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Incredibly wide margins, dark "chocolate" color and clear impression, neat Charleston S.C. circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT TYPE II.

With 1999, 2004 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,700.00). Only three have graded higher.

275
1,700
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59
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 59, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Brilliant color and crisp impression on fresh paper, neat strike of San Francisco circular datestamp, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT PERFORATED TYPE I HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Type I stamps only come from the 20 positions that comprise the bottom row of the plate. Due to narrow spacing on the plate and difficulties in aligning the perforating machine, stamps at the bottom of the plate usually have perforations cutting into the bottom portion of the design. This is a negative, because Type I is defined as having the design complete at bottom. The population of stamps showing the characteristic is extremely limited, especially when other factors such as soundness are taken into consideration.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded, and only four others share it.

1,250
7,500
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60
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 60, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)10c Green, Ty. II (32), 10c Green, Ty. II (32)10c Green, Ty. II (32). Wide and balanced margins, deep rich color and detailed impression, red town datestamp, perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE II, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Ex Dauer. With 2004 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $9,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only other shares it.

235
5,750
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61
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 61, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)10c Green, Ty. III (33), 10c Green, Ty. III (33)10c Green, Ty. III (33). Gorgeous color, with part of selvage at left, neat strike of circular datestamp, beautiful centering with wide margins for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE III, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THIS IS ALSO EXCEEDINGLY RARE WITH THE SELVAGE.

The first perforated 10c stamps produced by Toppan Carpenter from sheets printed from Plate 1 are notorious among collectors for their poor centering. The example offered here, with such beautiful centering and with selvage, is a remarkable rarity. A review using Power Search found only one other with selvage (on a cover).

With 2000 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,950.00 as 95, $7,500.00 as 98). Only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our recent Natalee Grace sale) and one other shares this grade.

200
2,100
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62
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 62, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)10c Green, Ty. IV (34), 10c Green, Ty. IV (34)10c Green, Ty. IV (34). Position 74L1, recut at top, pretty shade, beautiful centering with wide and balanced margins, neat strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

10c Type IV stamps are defined by the recut of one or both outer lines at the top or bottom of the design. Type IV stamps come from only seven scattered positions on the left pane and one position on the right pane of Plate 1. Therefore, only 4% of the stamps from Plate 1 are Type IV, and since their population is low they are difficult to find with such choice centering.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $14,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it.

2,250
8,000
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63
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 63, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Gorgeous color, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, neat strike of New York Ocean Mail cancel, long and full perforations, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp in every respect, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,575.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it. Scott Retail with no premium for the more desirable cancel

65
1,200
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64
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 64, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)12c Black, Plate 1 (36), 12c Black, Plate 1 (36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Intense shade and proof-like impression nicely complemented by blue circular datestamp, beautiful centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 1, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 1989, 2003 and 2007 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $9,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only two others share it.

360
4,750
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65
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 65, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Intense shade and impression, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, bold strike of circular datestamp and red transit cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,950.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Natalee Grace sale).

295
1,400
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66
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 66, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, brilliant color nicely complemented by red integral-rate circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $8,100.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only four others share this desirable grade.

440
5,000
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67
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 67, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Gorgeous centering with unusually wide margins, radiant color as fresh as the day it was printed, neat strike of red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE AND HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

The narrow space between subjects on the plate makes it almost impossible for the perforations to clear the design on all four sides. The example offered here, with extra wide margins at sides and perfs clear at top and bottom, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Senchuk. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $10,500.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded to a Scott 38 in any category, and it is the only example to achieve this grade.

475
5,500
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68
 
Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 68, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with well-balanced margins, clear strike of Philadelphia circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES IN CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY TO OBTAIN AS A USED STAMP IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION.

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 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. Of these sound examples, many are off-center.

Ex Wagshal. Small red backstamp. With 1979 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $22,000.00). Only one has graded higher and none share this grade.

11,000
18,000
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 69, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40), 1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40)1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40). Without gum as issued, brilliant color on post-office fresh paper, perfectly centered with Jumbo margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS ONE-CENT 1857 REPRINT HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE. IT MAY WELL BE THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

Ex Whitman. With 1995 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $6,000.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade (the next-highest is a 95).

575
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70
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 70, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40), 1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40)1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40). Without gum as issued, brilliant color on crisp paper, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1985 and 1991 P.F. certificates

575
900
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71
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 71, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)5c Orange Brown, Reprint (42), 5c Orange Brown, Reprint (42)5c Orange Brown, Reprint (42). Without gum as issued, rich color on bright paper, detailed impression, gorgeous centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1857 REPRINT. THIS STUNNING STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

As collectors of high-grade stamps know only too well, the 5c 1857 Reprint (878 sold) is notorious for its typically tight margins and poor centering. Before seeing this stamp, we doubted that any example could achieve the coveted XF-Superb 95 grade.

Ex Whitman. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $12,600.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade. The next-highest grade is a 90 (one stamp) which was offered in our Sale 967.

1,400
8,000
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Sale Number 1034, Lot Number 72, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)90c Deep Blue, Reprint (47), 90c Deep Blue, Reprint (47)90c Deep Blue, Reprint (47). Without gum as issued, intense shade and impression on bright paper, superior centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1857 REPRINT, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Only 454 were sold. A significant number of these have the design either close or touching on one side.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $12,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares it.

4,000
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