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Sale 1043 — Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 18-19 April, 2013

Category — General Issue Essays and Proofs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2298
P
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2298, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Green, Plate Proof on Wove (1P5), 5c Green, Plate Proof on Wove (1P5)5c Green, Plate Proof on Wove (1P5). Large margins to barely touched at bottom left, bright shade, tiny corner crease at top left and light stained spot at left, Very Fine appearance, an extremely rare proof, this only the second example we have offered since 1997 and fewer than 10 are believed to exist, these originate from a book kept by George Offutt, Chief of the Post Office Department's Contract Bureau, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,750
1,100
2299
P
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2299, General Issue Essays and Proofs10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig, Plate Proof on Wove (2P5), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig, Plate Proof on Wove (2P5)10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig, Plate Proof on Wove (2P5). Full margins, gorgeous deep color and sharp impression which shows every detail of the lithograph, fresh and Very Fine, a rare proof with fewer than 10 believed to exist, these originate from a book kept by George Offutt, Chief of the Post Office Department's Contract Bureau

1,500
1,600
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2300
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2300, General Issue Essays and Proofs10c Black, Stone Y, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (2eTC5), 10c Black, Stone Y, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (2eTC5)10c Black, Stone Y, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (2eTC5). Full to large margins, distinctive Stone Y impression, faint diagonal crease at top left not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL GENERAL ISSUE PROOFS WITH ONLY THREE EXAMPLES RECORDED. A KEY TO A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION.

Ex Murphy. With 1972 P.F. certificate. 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue value $5,500.00. Scott Retail is the same as it was when we last sold an example, which was this item in 1997

3,000
4,250
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2301
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2301, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Early State (6E1), 5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Early State (6E1)5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Early State (6E1). Cut to size and showing incomplete vignette with shallow engraving (lacking detail) and no definition to the hair, Very Fine and very rare, a striking "spectral" visage of Jefferson Davis, ex Murphy, pictured in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue, the Progressive Die Essays are mentioned in Scott but do not have formal listings and are unpriced, C.S.A. Catalogue value

1,750
850
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2302
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2302, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Intermediate State (6E1), 5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Intermediate State (6E1)5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Intermediate State (6E1). Cut to size, showing vignette which has slightly greater detail than the previous lot, Very Fine and very rare, ex Murphy, pictured in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue, the Progressive Die Essays are mentioned in Scott but do not have formal listings and are unpriced, C.S.A. Catalogue value

1,750
950
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2303
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2303, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Advanced State (6E1), 5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Advanced State (6E1)5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Advanced State (6E1). Cut to size, showing vignette with much greater detailed engravings than in the previous two lots, Very Fine and very rare, ex Murphy, pictured in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue, the Progressive Die Essays are mentioned in Scott but do not have formal listings and are unpriced, C.S.A. Catalogue value

1,750
1,200
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2304
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2304, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Intermediate State (6E1), 5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Intermediate State (6E1)5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Intermediate State (6E1). 93 x 61mm card dated "Jan. 8-62", showing partly completed vignette, Very Fine and scarce, pictured in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue, the Progressive Die Essays are mentioned in Scott but do not have formal listings and are unpriced, C.S.A. Catalogue value

1,750
2,600
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2305
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2305, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Complete State (6E1), 5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Complete State (6E1)5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Complete State (6E1). 93 x 61mm, dated "Jan. 14-62" and showing apparently complete detail in the vignette, Very Fine and scarce, ex Murphy, this was titled in the owner's exhibit "advanced state" and is listed and pictured in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue with the note "minor differences" from the example offered in the next lot which is complete, the Progressive Die Essays are mentioned in Scott but do not have formal listings and are unpriced, C.S.A. Catalogue value

1,750
2,500
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2306
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2306, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Complete State (6E1), 5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Complete State (6E1)5c Black, De La Rue, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card, Complete State (6E1). 93 x 61mm, dated "Jan. 14-62" and showing complete detail in the vignette, slight oxidation at edges, Very Fine and scarce, ex Birkinbine, this was titled in the owner's exhibit "complete vignette", pictured in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue, the Progressive Die Essays are mentioned in Scott but do not have formal listings and are unpriced, C.S.A. Catalogue value

1,750
1,900
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2307
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2307, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1 var), 5c Black, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1 var)5c Black, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1 var). 92 x 61mm, dated "Oct. 30, 1862" and also "BEFORE STRIKING" in typeset line at top, trivial edge toning, Very Fine and extremely rare, ex Murphy, pictured in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue, Scott lists the regular trial color proofs without inscriptions or imprints but does not list this item, C.S.A. Catalogue value

2,500
2,100
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2308
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2308, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1c), 5c Black, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1c)5c Black, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1c). 93 x 60mm, intense shade, backstamped with De La Rue oval, Extremely Fine and very scarce, ex Birkinbine

900
550
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2309
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2309, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Trial Color Die Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1c), 5c Black, De La Rue, Trial Color Die Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1c)5c Black, De La Rue, Trial Color Die Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1c). Cut to stamp size with margins all around, adhesive remnants on back as often, Very Fine

900
375
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2310
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2310, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Pink, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1d), 5c Pink, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1d)5c Pink, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1d). 93 x 60mm, bright color, faint toning mostly confined to edges, Very Fine and extremely rare, ex Murphy, for some reason Scott prices the Pink trial color proofs the same as Black at $900.00 (unchanged since before 1997), if our auction history is any indication this comparison of relative supply is incorrect, as we have sold only one other example in Pink since 1993, while during that time we have sold more than 20 in Black, C.S.A. Catalogue value $2,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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2311
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2311, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Blue, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1 var), 5c Blue, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1 var)5c Blue, De La Rue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (6TC1 var). 93 x 61mm, significantly darker color than the issued stamp or the Scott-listed No. 6P1 die proof in Light Blue, slight toning at edges, Very Fine and rare, ex Murphy, unlisted in Scott in this color, listed in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue as Die Proof in Blue and priced at $2,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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2312
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2312, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Black, De La Rue, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (6TC5b), 5c Black, De La Rue, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (6TC5b)5c Black, De La Rue, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (6TC5b). Corners torn top right and bottom left, small thin spots, defective but very rare, ex Murphy, with 1987 P.F. certificate

1,000
120
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2313
P
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2313, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Light Blue, De La Rue, Die Proof on Glazed Card (6P1), 5c Light Blue, De La Rue, Die Proof on Glazed Card (6P1)5c Light Blue, De La Rue, Die Proof on Glazed Card (6P1). 93 x 61mm, faint toning at edges as usual, Very Fine, C.S.A. Catalogue value $2,500.00

600
425
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2314
P
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2314, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Light Blue, De La Rue, Die Proof on Glazed Card (6P1), 5c Light Blue, De La Rue, Die Proof on Glazed Card (6P1)5c Light Blue, De La Rue, Die Proof on Glazed Card (6P1). 93 x 61mm, faint toning at edges and at two corners from mounting, appears Very Fine, C.S.A. Catalogue value $2,500.00

600
425
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2315
P
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2315, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Blue, 1c Orange, De La Rue, Composite Die Proof on Glazed Card (6P1b), 5c Blue, 1c Orange, De La Rue, Composite Die Proof on Glazed Card (6P1b)5c Blue, 1c Orange, De La Rue, Composite Die Proof on Glazed Card (6P1b). 120 x 90mm card showing 5c Blue at left and 1c Orange at right, evidence of old mounting on back, bright and fresh

A SPECTACULAR RARITY OF CONFEDERATE ESSAYS AND PROOFS. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS COMPOSITE DIE PROOF, PRESENTED BY DE LA RUE TO NOTED PHILATELIST, MAJOR E.B. EVANS.

Edward Benjamin Evans (1846-1922), known as "Major", was one of 19th and early 20th Century England's most distinguished philatelists, and a prolific philatelic writer. He was noted for his collections of Confederate States, as well as Mauritius (including his 1878 acquisition of the One Penny "Post Office" Mauritius cover addressed to Alcide Marquay, now in the British Library's Tapling Collection). His Confederate collection was purchased by Nassau Stamp Company's John Klemann about 1914. This composite proof was presented to him by De La Rue, printer of the C.S.A. typographed 6c and 1c stamps.

Ex Murphy and from our 1983 Rarities sale. 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue value $8,500.00

7,000
5,500
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2316
Pbl
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2316, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Light Blue, De La Rue, Plate Proof on Wove (6P5), 5c Light Blue, De La Rue, Plate Proof on Wove (6P5)5c Light Blue, De La Rue, Plate Proof on Wove (6P5). Vertical block of eight with full gutter between, full margins all around, usual crease in gutter, Very Fine, signed Robson Lowe, also two singles, signed Lowe and Weill respectively and the first with handstamp on back, Very Fine, the gutter block can only exist from the 400-subject proof sheet found at the De La Rue office in 1976, as De La Rue cut the finished sheets into panes of 100 before sending them to the Confederacy, C.S.A. Catalogue value for two cross-gutter pairs, two pairs and two singles $3,600.00, Scott Retail as gutter pairs and singles

1,350
600
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2317
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2317, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Carmine, Local Print, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (7TC5), 5c Carmine, Local Print, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (7TC5)5c Carmine, Local Print, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (7TC5). Ample to large margins, typical poor impression which is more noticeable than in the issued color, Fine, ex Murphy, this is the only example of this extremely rare trial color proof that we located in Power Search, the Scott Retail value has remained unchanged since at least 1997

850
1,600
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2318
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2318, General Issue Essays and Proofs5c Carmine, Local Print, Trial Color Plate Proof on Thin Card (7TC6), 5c Carmine, Local Print, Trial Color Plate Proof on Thin Card (7TC6)5c Carmine, Local Print, Trial Color Plate Proof on Thin Card (7TC6). Ample to large margins, bright color, Very Fine and extremely rare, ex Murphy, with 1987 P.F. certificate, this is the first example we have offered since 1998, and in that time the Scott Retail value has remained unchanged

750
1,000
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2319
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2319, General Issue Essays and Proofs2c Blue, With Framelines, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1), 2c Blue, With Framelines, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1)2c Blue, With Framelines, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1). Two large margins, others ample to clear, showing complete framelines on all sides, rich color, slight thin

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT ENGRAVED PROOF IN BLUE WITH FRAMELINES.

The various catalogue listings for the 2c trial color proofs with framelines are somewhat confusing and not altogether complete. All of the known examples of the 2c Engraved essay/proof have framelines, unlike the issued stamp. For this reason they should be classified as essays. However, the Scott, Dietz and C.S.A. Catalogues list them as trial color proofs, and we have maintained that tradition here to avoid adding to the confusion. The Blue offered here is unlisted in Scott Catalogue, which does list the Black but makes no mention of framelines. The 1986 Dietz Catalogue listed this frameline proof in Black, but not Blue. The 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue expanded on Dietz and lists this Blue trial color proof with framelines, but it eliminated the Black with framelines, which also exists and is offered in this sale as lot 2209 (another Black showing two framelines is offered in lot 2320).

Ex Hall and acquired by the family from the New England Stamp Co. in 1934. Offered to the market for only the second time in more than 75 years. Pictured in C.S.A. Catalogue on page 357. Unlisted in Scott. C.S.A. Catalogue value

5,000
2,600
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2320
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2320, General Issue Essays and Proofs2c Black, With Framelines, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1), 2c Black, With Framelines, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1)2c Black, With Framelines, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1). Margins clear to just in showing full frameline at left and part at bottom, intense shade, faint corner crease at bottom right, otherwise Fine, a rare essay with framelines (classified as a trial color proof in Scott and C.S.A. Catalogue), ex Murphy, please see lots 2209 and 2319 for an explanation of the 2c Black and Blue trial colors with framelines, C.S.A. Catalogue value $4,000.00

1,750
1,200
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2321
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2321, General Issue Essays and Proofs10c Black, "TEN", Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (9TC), 10c Black, "TEN", Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (9TC)10c Black, "TEN", Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (9TC). 53 x 50 mm, intense shade, couple creases and slightly toned

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE "TEN" DIE PROOF IN BLACK. AN IMPORTANT CONFEDERATE PROOF RARITY.

Ex Hall (acquired by the family prior to World War II) and offered for only the second time in more than 75 years. This unique proof is listed in Scott, but the value of $1,500.00 is long outdated. Pictured in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue and priced at $6,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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2322
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2322, General Issue Essays and Proofs10c Blue, Die B, Die Essay on Wove (12E5), 10c Blue, Die B, Die Essay on Wove (12E5)10c Blue, Die B, Die Essay on Wove (12E5). 22 x 27mm, bright color, tiny thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE DIE ESSAY FOR THE 10-CENT ARCHER & DALY DIE B ISSUE, ENGRAVED BY FREDERICK HALPIN.

The Die B or Type II design was a completely new engraving executed by Halpin in 1863. It is considered to be a superior work to the engraving of the Die A or Type I design by John Archer, and close examination reveals numerous differences between the two engravings. Dietz recorded only two examples of the Type II die essay. We have offered one other example, ex Murphy (Siegel Sale 795, lot 529).

Ex Bogg. With 1976 C.S.A. certificate stating "CSA 12E, Halpin die essay on wove, considered to be genuine." Mentioned in Scott but not formally listed or priced, with the statement "proofs made as essays from the dies...deeply engraved and printed in deep shades of the issued colors, but show only small differences from the stamps as finally issued. All are very rare."

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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2323
P
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2323, General Issue Essays and Proofs10c Deep Blue, Die B, Plate Proof on Thick Ribbed Paper (12P7), 10c Deep Blue, Die B, Plate Proof on Thick Ribbed Paper (12P7)10c Deep Blue, Die B, Plate Proof on Thick Ribbed Paper (12P7). Dark shade and razor-sharp impression unlike those of any issued stamps, guide dots at sides confirming that this is a plate impression, on very thick paper showing ribbed lines on back, also unlike any issued stamp, Extremely Fine, ex Birkinbine (see lot 2228 for a block of four)

750
500
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2324
P
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2324, General Issue Essays and Proofs20c Deep Green, Die Proof on Wove (13P1a), 20c Deep Green, Die Proof on Wove (13P1a)20c Deep Green, Die Proof on Wove (13P1a). Stamp size, deep dark color similar to the issued No. 13b, shows clear diagonal crosshatching throughout background and complete outer line, these features are only partially evident or more often not at all evident on the issued stamps, small area of soiling and light corner crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE DIE PROOF ON WOVE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE.

We have offered only one other example of a 20c die proof, in our Sale 795 -- this item is from our 1986 Rarities sale.

With 1982 P.F. Certificate as "13P1a, Genuine Essay Die Proof". C.S.A. Catalogue lists calls this a progressive die proof, with a price of $4,500.00.

4,000
1,300
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2325
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2325, General Issue Essays and Proofs20c Red Brown, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (13TC1a), 20c Red Brown, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (13TC1a)20c Red Brown, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (13TC1a). Huge margins to just barely touching the outer frameline at bottom right, bright color, tiny sealed tear at right and tiny thin at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULARLY RARE TRIAL COLOR DIE PROOF OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

Like the die proof offered in the previous lot, this trial color proof shows clear cross-hatching in the background and an outer line.

Ex Murphy. C.S.A. Catalogue value $4,500.00

4,000
1,700
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2326
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2326, General Issue Essays and Proofs1c Calhoun, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card (14E1), 1c Calhoun, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card (14E1)1c Calhoun, Progressive Die Essay on Glazed Card (14E1). Cut to shape and showing partly completed portrait, Very Fine and very rare, this is the only example we have offered, ex Murphy, with 1987 P.F. certificate, the Progressive Die Essays are mentioned in Scott but do not have formal listings and are unpriced, C.S.A. Catalogue value

2,500
1,300
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2327
TC
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2327, General Issue Essays and Proofs1c Black, Large Die Trial Color Die Proof on Glazed Card (14TC1b), 1c Black, Large Die Trial Color Die Proof on Glazed Card (14TC1b)1c Black, Large Die Trial Color Die Proof on Glazed Card (14TC1b). 93 x 61mm., intense shade, printed date of "July 31, 1863" at top left and "J" at right, manuscript "3399" at top right and "JL" initials at bottom right for master engraver Jean Ferdinand Jubert de la Ferte

VERY FINE. A RARE AND CHOICE LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE ONE-CENT DE LA RUE ISSUE, INITIALED BY THE ENGRAVER.

Ex Murphy. C.S.A. Catalogue value $4,500.00

2,500
1,800
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2328
P
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2328, General Issue Essays and Proofs1c Orange, Large Die Proof on Glazed Card (14P1), 1c Orange, Large Die Proof on Glazed Card (14P1)1c Orange, Large Die Proof on Glazed Card (14P1). 92 x 61mm, vivid color, contemporary manuscript "J.C. Calhoun Esq." on front and "Received from Major Ficklin agent for Confederate States, March 1862. Proof." on back, usual edge toning as seen on most die proofs of the General Issues

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE LARGE DIE PROOF OF THE ONE-CENT DE LA RUE ISSUE. THIS ITEM IS BELIEVED TO BE UNIQUE WITH THE SOURCE NOTATIONS.

Ex Murphy. Pictured and described in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue with a price of $4,500.00. For some reason Scott prices the regular die proof of this issue at $2,000.00, versus $2,500.00 for the more available trial color proof in black

E. 2,000-3,000
2,400
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