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Sale 1048 — 2013 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 June, 2013

Category — 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
260°
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Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 260, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue24c Dark Violet, First Color (60), 24c Dark Violet, First Color (60)24c Dark Violet, First Color (60). Original gum, intense color in the true Dark Violet First Color, remarkably detailed impression on bright paper, better centering than normally seen for this difficult issue

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.

15,000
11,500
261°
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Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 261, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue30c Red Orange, First Color (61), 30c Red Orange, First Color (61)30c Red Orange, First Color (61). Original gum, unmistakable intense August shade, well-centered for this difficult issue, two vertical creases

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

45,000
12,000
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262
 
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 262, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue1c Blue, Vertically Laid Paper (63c), 1c Blue, Vertically Laid Paper (63c)1c Blue, Vertically Laid Paper (63c). Extremely clear laid lines, perfectly centered with well-balanced margins, deep rich color nicely complemented by green cancel

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

5,000
4,500
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263
c
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 263, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Bright shade, cancelled by grid, matching "Springfield Mass. Jul. 28" double-circle datestamp on cover to Buffalo N.Y. with red and blue "Southern Menagerie is Coming" Civil War caricature cover depicting circus animals such as "The Striped Davis" and "The Old Bear-Re-Gard", small trivial scuff affects circular datestamp, Very Fine, this is the only example of a circus-themed Civil War design we have ever encountered, a marvelous rarity

E. 1,000-1,500
3,750
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264°
c
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 264, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Tied by target cancel and also by name in forwarding address, "Stockton Me. Apr. 20" and "New-York Apr. 27" circular datestamps on cover to Matanzas Cuba, forwarded to Cardenes with Cuba -1/2r Green (18), -1/2r stamp tied by oval grid, blurry strike of "NA 1" in oval handstamp to indicate single-weight letter, two original letters enclosed datelined Apr. 2 and Apr. 17, slightly reduced at right, Cuban stamp with gum soaks

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

E. 4,000-5,000
10,500
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265
c
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 265, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Crisp shade, used with 3c Rose (65), tied by strikes of blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 24" circular datestamps on multicolored Magnus Patriotic cover depicting the General Hospital in Baltimore with tall flag at center and the city in the background, to Wolferstedt, Germany, red "N. York Brem. Pkt. Paid 12 Apr. 25" credit datestamp, blue "America/Uber Bremen/Franco" three-line handstamp, receiving backstamp, stamps with small faults of little consequence from placement near edge of 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.

E. 10,000-15,000
10,000
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266°
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Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 266, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Original gum, bright color, detailed impression, reperfed at left

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.

35,000
4,250
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267
c
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 267, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a), 2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a)2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a). Horizontal pair with right stamp bisected, each cancelled by matching fancy target in homemade blackish brown ink, tied across the cut on cover to Green Castle Pa., matching "Leitersburg, Md. Nov. 9" circular datestamp, manuscript"Paid", with 1866 enclosure

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.

1,500
1,500
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268°
 
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 268, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue3c Scarlet (74), 3c Scarlet (74)3c Scarlet (74). Four neat pen strokes, original gum, vivid bright color, well-centered with unusually wide margins

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

5,500
5,000
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269
ogbl
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 269, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue24c Gray (78b), 24c Gray (78b)24c Gray (78b). Block of sixteen, original gum, few h.r., one possibly Mint N.H., several lightly hinged, rich color, couple small faults incl. light diagonal crease affecting three at top and one towards bottom with toned spot

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.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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270°
 
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 270, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue3c Rose, C. Grill (83), 3c Rose, C. Grill (83)3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Bright shade nicely complemented by blue quartered cork cancel, choice centering with wide margins

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.

1,200
5,750
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271
ogbl
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 271, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue1c Blue, E. Grill (86), 1c Blue, E. Grill (86)1c Blue, E. Grill (86). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, clearly-defined grills, bright color, detailed impression

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.

20,000
5,750
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272°
ogbl
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 272, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue2c Black, F. Grill (93), 2c Black, F. Grill (93)2c Black, F. Grill (93). Block of four, original gum, bottom stamps Mint N.H., top stamps lightly hinged, intense shade and impression, clearly-defined grills, choice centering

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.

2,600
2,500
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273°
nh
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 273, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue3c Red, F. Grill (94). Mint N.H, 3c Red, F. Grill (94). Mint N.H3c Red, F. Grill (94). Mint N.H., rich color and proof-like impression, clearly-defined grill, wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around

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.

350
4,750
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274
 
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 274, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue5c Brown, Re-Issue (105), 5c Brown, Re-Issue (105)5c Brown, Re-Issue (105). Wide margins, bold target cancel, rich color

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

10,000
4,000
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275°
 
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 275, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue15c Black, Re-Issue (108), 15c Black, Re-Issue (108)15c Black, Re-Issue (108). Intense shade and remarkable impression on bright paper, unobtrusive duplex cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

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)

35,000
28,000
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276°
og
Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 276, 1861-66 Issue, 1867-68 Grilled Issue, 1875 Re-Issue24c Deep Violet, Re-Issue (109), 24c Deep Violet, Re-Issue (109)24c Deep Violet, Re-Issue (109). Original gum, wonderful depth of color on crisp paper, proof-like impression, choice centering

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

6,000
5,500
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