VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT DARK VIOLET EARLY TRIAL PRINTING. ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE 24-CENT 1861-63 ISSUE SHADES.
The Dark Violet trial printing and Violet regular issue shades are often confused, and the Scott Catalogue adds to the confusion by putting the Dark Violet (the old Scott 60) in the Trial Color Proofs section as 70TCe, while the Violet gets a front seat as Scott 70c. In our opinion, there is no good reason to relegate the Dark Violet to the Trial Color Proof section. As a result, the stamp offered here is undercatalogued in relation to other 24c stamps of equal rarity. For example, Scott 70c has a value of $35,000.00 versus Scott 70TCe at $15,000.00.
With 2012 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 FIRST COLOR.
Our census of the 30c 1861 First Color, available at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/61/61.pdf , contains a total of 32 examples, including one in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library. A characteristic common to most examples of the 30c 1861 First Color is faint creasing.
Census No. 61-OG-23. From our 1969 Rarities sale. With 1969 P.F. and 1997 P.S.E. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE ON LAID PAPER. THIS IS EXTREMELY RARE IN SOUND AND CHOICE CONDITION. ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE RARITIES, ESPECIALLY WITH THE GREEN CANCELLATION.
Don Evans notes in his 1c book (p. 37) that this is known to have been printed on both horizontally and vertically laid paper. He notes that examples are somewhat difficult to identify by casual observation. He also notes that horizontally laid paper seems to be scarcer than vertically laid, but our experience and an examination of the records of the Philatelic Foundation indicate that both are equally scarce. They are also usually found with faults.
With 2002 and 2012 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF THE UNITED STATES 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE AND CUBA HALF-REAL ISSUE PAYING FORWARDING POSTAGE.
In a review of our auction records and in consultation with leading collectors of the 10c 1861 Issue we failed to find another example of this combination of stamps on cover
EXTREMELY FINE. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING MULTICOLORED MAGNUS PATRIOTIC COVER USED TO GERMANY. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL DESIGNS USED TO AN OVERSEAS DESTINATION THAT WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
The most famous Patriotics to overseas destinations are the celebrated Angell covers, addressed to Dr. Angell in various destinations in Europe. The cover offered here, with its overall multicolored design, is more colorful than any we have encountered from any correspondence. Patterson Park Hospital was also known as McKim's Mansion Hospital.
With 2012 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER.
The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c). All four are rare, especially in sound original-gum condition. We feel this is nearly as rare as the Blackish Violet, which has a catalogue value of $100,000.00.
With 2013 P.S.A.G. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB BISECTED USE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
Accompanied by a second cover from same correspondence showing normal payment with a 3c 1861. With copy of 1968 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE 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. This example is particularly well-centered. Many have faults or perfs in on one or more sides.
With 1986 P.F. certificate
VERY GOOD CENTERING. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLE OF THE 1862 24-CENT GRAY. A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE.
The Scott Catalogue does not price this shade as a multiple. Scott Retail as four blocks of four of the more common Lilac shade is $72,000.00.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1867 3-CENT ROSE C GRILL WITH A COLORED CANCEL.
With 1986 and 2002 P.F. certificates.
FINE-VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL. VERY FEW BLOCKS ARE KNOWN, ESPECIALLY IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
With 1971 Friedl certificate.
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1868 2-CENT F GRILL, WITH WONDERFUL CENTERING AND OVERALL FRESHNESS, INCLUDING TWO MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.
With 2012 P.F. certificate for block of nine. Scott Retail as block with no premium for the two Mint N.H. stamps.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 3-CENT F GRILL. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINEST MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; unpriced in SMQ in Mint N.H. condition). This is the only graded Mint N.H. example of Scott 94.
VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE. ONLY 37 EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
The 5c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. The Re-Issue plate can be identified by a notch at bottom. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). Only 672 of the 5c were sold; the remaining 9,328 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
Our census of Scott 105 used, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/105/105.pdf , records only 37 examples.
Census No. 105-CAN-33. With 2009 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1866 RE-ISSUE. ONLY FIFTEEN ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. THIS IS A NEWLY-DISCOVERED COPY.
The 15c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate of 200 subjects. 10,000 stamps were printed (50 impressions). Only 397 of the 15c were sold; the remaining 9,603 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
Our census of Scott 108 used, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/108/108.pdf , records only 15 examples, including this newest addition.
Census No. 108-CAN-15. With 2013 P.F. certificate (VF 80)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE.
The 24c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate of 200 subjects. A total of 10,000 was printed (50 impressions). Only 346 were sold; the remaining 9,654 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.
The quantity issued for the 24c 1861 Re-Issue (346) is close in number to several lower values, including the 12c and 15c (389 and 397, respectively). However, the 24c is scarcer and appears less frequently at auction. It is also one of the three values most difficult to obtain in choice original-gum condition (the others are the 3c and 30c).
With 1968 and 1998 P.F. certificates