FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE GROUP OF SIX DENOMINATIONS OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH SMALL MANUSCRIPT "X" MARKINGS USED TO DENOTE THAT THESE ARE SPECIMENS.
We have seen this marking used on other examples of the issue in combination with a "Specimen" overprint (see our 2012 Rarities sale, lot 138).
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. WE RECORD FOUR SINGLES AND A BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WITHOUT GRILL.
A Power Search of Scott 112b and review of older sales produced four singles and a block of four. The stamp offered here is sound and better centered than most.
With 1964 and 2012 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MASSIVE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE OTHER SHARES THIS GRADE AND ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $3,650.00 as 95, $6,450.00 as 98). This statistic has not changed since 2008.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND IMPRESSIVE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF 18 OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE SPLIT GRILL.
This is the first time this plate block has been offered at auction since it was broken out of a complete sheet.
Scott Retail as hinged plate block of ten and two blocks of four and with no premium for the split grills.
THIS EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL IS UNIQUE WITH THE PLATE NUMBER.
We have offered only seventeen other unused examples in our computerized records, which includes all of our Rarities sales plus 20 years of auctions.
With 1995 A.P.S. and 1999 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE DESIRABLE "SHOO FLY" FANCY CANCELLATION OF TOLEDO OHIO. THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.
The popular children's song of the same name was written by Thomas Brigham Bishop (who also wrote "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and other famous patriotic songs). The words were later changed to "I belong to somebody" from "I belong to Company G", a reference to a black detachment commanded by Bishop.
Ex Eubanks. With 1990 and 2011 P.F. certificates.
FRESH AND FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. THIS IS THE SECOND-LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLE.
The Rose book notes eight unused blocks, including off-center blocks of twelve and nine (not this block). The block offered here has better centering than the other block of nine known to us, with part imprint.
Scott Retail as block of four, two pairs and a single
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE IMPRESSIVE UNUSED BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Scott Retail as block of four, two pairs and a single $32,250.00
FINE AND ESSENTIALLY SOUND. ONE OF THE HIGHEST-QUALITY USED EXAMPLES OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ONLY 97 USED COPIES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of 15c 1869 Inverts, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/119b/119b.pdf , contains 100 examples of the 15c Invert, including three unused and 97 used. Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at the British Library and the Miller Collection at the New York Public Library. Many 15c 1869 Inverts have serious faults or heavy cancels. This lightly-cancelled stamp is certainly among the top 15 used copies.
Census No. 119b-CAN-72. Ex Coulter. With 1981 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ONLY 97 USED COPIES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, INCLUDING TWO IN INSTITUTIONS.
Our recently-updated census of Scott 119b, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/119b/119b.pdf , records three unused and 97 used copies of Scott 119b. Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at the British Library and the Miller Collection at the New York Public Library.
Census No. 119b-CAN-97. With 2013 P.F. certificate
A FINE-APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ONLY 97 USED COPIES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of 15c 1869 Inverts, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/119b/119b.pdf , contains 100 examples of the 15c Invert, including three unused and 97 used. Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at the British Library and the Miller Collection at the New York Public Library.
Census No. 119b-CAN-32. Ex Lake Shore. With 1974 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 INVERT.
Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, recently updated at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/120b/120b.pdf , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert. Very few are as well-centered as the stamp offered here.
Census No. 120b-CAN-46. PFC 23664 which states “Genuine cancel and part of design erased" no longer accompanies.
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.
Our survey of auction catalogs and Philatelic Foundation records produced 23 examples of the 24c 1869 Without Grill (Scott 120a), of which half have faults.
Ex Coulter. With 1973 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 1987 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
Original sales figures show that among the 1869 Pictorial Re-Issues, the 3c and 90c stamps accounted for the smallest number of units sold (1,406 and 1,356, respectively). Overall, the 1869's were popular with stamp collectors, far outselling the 1851-60 and 1861-66 Re-Issue sets. However, the 90c stamp's high denomination and the availability of ordinary 3c stamps limited demand. Today, both are rare, and handling over the years has not been kind to most of the surviving examples.
With 2000, 2006 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, VF-XF 85; SMQ $8,550.00). Only three original-gum examples have graded higher (two at 90, one at 95). This is the only example graded 85
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE. THE RAREST OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUES IN USED CONDITION.
Our census of Scott 125 in used condition, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/125/125.pdf , contains only fifteen copies. An example on cover was offered in the 1956 Caspary sale, but its current whereabouts is unknown.
Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue states "The used value is for an attractive example with minimal faults."
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
The 6c is the one of the rarest of the set in used condition. SMQ estimates that approximately 30 exist in used condition, and our own informal count concurs. The example offered here is easily one of the finest in existence -- most are either off-center or have flaws.
Ex Dauer. With 1967, 2000 and 2008 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF-XF 85; SMQ $3,600.00)
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $3,150.00)