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Sale 1040 — Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 March, 2013

Category — 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1258
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Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1258, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Block of four with interpane margin and centerline at right, original gum, multiple h.r. where some perf separations sensibly reinforced, Fine-Very Fine, a scarce original-gum block, with copy of 1972 P.F. certificate for block of eight

5,000
850
1259
 
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1259, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Intense shade and proof-like impression, nicely accentuated by red grid cancel, choice centering for this difficult issue, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1998 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates as Scott 36 (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,950.00 as 36B), this is from Plate 3 despite certificates

295
950
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1260
 
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1260, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Exceptionally well-centered, intense shade with attractive red grid cancel, Very Fine and choice

295
225
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1261
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Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1261, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Original gum, single hinge mark, rich color, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 1999 P.F. certificate.

1,400
1,600
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1262
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Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1262, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Original gum, rich color, three wide margins, single pulled perf at upper right not mentioned on accompanying certificate, otherwise Very Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,400
400
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1263
 
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1263, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)24c Gray (37a), 24c Gray (37a)24c Gray (37a). Darker shade and sharper impression than the normal shade, choice centering for this difficult issue with well-proportioned margins and perforations clear of outer projections on all sides, neat strike of circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 24-CENT IN THE DISTINCT GRAY SUB-SHADE. THIS SHADE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

In our opinion the 24c 1860 Issue in the Gray shade is considerably scarcer than the main shade listing and deserves a higher catalogue value. The P.S.E. Population Report contains 134 copies of the basic shade of Scott No. 37 certified versus only 29 in all categories for the Gray shade.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share it.

375
3,500
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1264
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Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1264, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Original gum, lightly hinged, vibrant color, fresh and Very Fine, with 1989 and 2004 P.F. certificates.

2,150
1,900
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1265
 
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1265, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color nicely complemented by dark red grid cancel, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXCEEDINGLY 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 24c, 30c and 90c 1860 high values 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 1992 and 2003 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,600.00)

475
3,250
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1266
 
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1266, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Bright color, choice centering, cancelled by neat strike of "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 15, 1861" circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp and a late use

425
800
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1267
 
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1267, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Remarkably well-centered with beautiful glowing color, neat seven-bar dark red grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1995 P.F. certificate stating the cancel is "magenta" (we believe it to be red)

475
0
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1268
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Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1268, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)30c Orange, Imperforate (38a), 30c Orange, Imperforate (38a)30c Orange, Imperforate (38a). Without gum as issued, full margins to just touched at bottom, repaired with top left corner added, appears Fine, scarce, with 1969 P.F. certificate

2,500
0
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1269
og
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1269, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Original gum, rich color on bright paper, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. certificate.

3,000
2,800
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1270
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Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1270, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Slightly disturbed original gum, nicely centered with rich color, trivial gum bend of no great consequence (does not show in fluid), Very Fine and choice

3,000
1,800
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1271
ng
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1271, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Unused (no gum), intense shade and impression, wide and balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,950.00)

1,100
2,000
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1272
 
Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1272, 12c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 36B-39)90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Rich color, neat strikes of red grid cancel and black cancel at bottom, tiny perf flaw at bottom left not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USED EXAMPLE OF THE SHORT-LIVED 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 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 by The Philatelic Foundation, of which one-quarter are sound. With 1995 P.S.E. certificate

11,000
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