EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT IN A REMARKABLY DEEP BUFF SHADE.
Most unused examples of this issue tend to either be off-center and/or faulty to some degree. The stamp offered here is sound, fresh and has extraordinary richness of color.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $14,000.00)
A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING.
As documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), Carl F. Rothfuchs, a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum.
With 1993 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE SOUND AND CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 ISSUE IN THE RED BROWN SHADE.
A Power Search review shows that we have offered very few sound and centered original-gum examples of this issue.
With 1985 and 2003 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1866 ISSUE. A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
Throughout years of Siegel sales, we have made frequent reference to the rarity of certain 1861-66 Issue stamps in choice original-gum condition. With the exception of the rare 5c and 24c shades, our experience shows that the 15c Lincoln is the most difficult stamp to obtain in sound, choice original-gum condition. It is most often found without gum or with disturbed gum. Examples with full original gum are frequently off-center. The block of six (straight edge at left), ex Caspary, Lilly and Ishikawa, is well-centered with original gum, but our search of numerous other major auction sales produced few other examples apart from the block. Therefore, this stamp could be the rarest face-different design of the 1861-66 series in choice original-gum condition.
Ex McKinney. With 1999 and 2012 P.F. certificate.