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Sale 1089 — The Curtis Collection: U.S. Revenues, Part 1

Sale Date — Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Category — First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.90

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
201
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 201, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a), 1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a)1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a). Large part original gum, large margins all around, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PLAYING CARDS IMPERFORATE.

Ex Cunliffe. With 2008 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as used.

3,250
3,750
202
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 202, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a), 1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a)1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a). Large margins all around, fresh color and pastel shade, neat June 23, 1863 manuscript cancel, small corner crease and tiny thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance

3,250
1,500
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203
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 203, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a), 1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a)1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a). Huge margins to clear at bottom, deep rich color, light horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance

3,250
1,200
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204
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 204, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a), 1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a)1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a). Vertical pair, large margins all around, deep rich color, April 1864 manuscript cancels

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND VERTICAL PAIR OF THE ONE-CENT PLAYING CARDS IMPERFORATE. THIS IS THE FINEST MULTIPLE IN TERMS OF MARGINS AND CONDITION.

Aside from the reconstructed block of four offered in lot 319, a pair is the largest recorded multiple. Two horizontal pairs and five vertical pairs are recorded.

From the Weill sale. Ex Zoellner and Floyd. With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott values a pair at a meager $500.00 premium over two singles.

7,000
5,750
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205
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 205, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Proprietary, Imperforate (R3a), 1c Proprietary, Imperforate (R3a)1c Proprietary, Imperforate (R3a). Part original gum, h.r., large even margins, rich color, Extremely Fine, rare with original gum, ex Sohn, with 1985 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as used

1,250
1,600
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206
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 206, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Proprietary, Imperforate (R3a), 1c Proprietary, Imperforate (R3a)1c Proprietary, Imperforate (R3a). Large margins to full, attractive color, neat manuscript cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1999 P.F. certificate

1,250
1,100
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207
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 207, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4), 1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4)1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4). Original gum, h.r., three large margins to clear at left, bright shade, fresh and Fine, Scott Retail as used

800
225
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208
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 208, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4a), 1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4a)1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4a). Large margins all around, attractive color, Extremely Fine

800
500
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209
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 209, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4), 1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4)1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4). Huge margins, bright color, neat manuscript cancel, tiny corner crease at extreme bottom bottom right corner well away from design, still Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate

800
800
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210
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 210, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.901c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4a), 1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4a)1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4a). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins, deep rich color, neat 1865 manuscript cancels, small scissors-cut at top between stamps, Extremely Fine Gem pair, which is the second largest recorded multiple after a horizontal strip of four

1,900
1,300
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211
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 211, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.902c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R11a), 2c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R11a)2c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R11a). Large margins to full at top, rich color on bright paper, neat Dec. 5, 1864 manuscript cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT PLAYING CARDS IMPERFORATE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

Ex Scarsdale. With 2007 P.F. certificate

1,500
4,750
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212
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 212, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.902c Proprietary, Blue, Imperforate (R13a), 2c Proprietary, Blue, Imperforate (R13a)2c Proprietary, Blue, Imperforate (R13a). Large margins, deep rich color nicely complemented by red Wells, Fargo & Co. handstamp cancel, light vertical crease, Very Fine appearance, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

1,200
1,500
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213
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 213, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.903c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R17a), 3c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R17a)3c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R17a). Large margins all around, deep rich color, unobtrusive pen cancel, small closed tear at top left, trace of extraneous ink on back only

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND HUGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT IMPERFORATE PLAYING CARDS ISSUE.

Ex Tolman. With 1963 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates

40,000
24,000
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214
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 214, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.903c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R17a), 3c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R17a)3c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R17a). Vertical pair, large margins to clear, deep rich color and proof-like impression, light manuscript cancel, top stamp with tiny pinhole at bottom

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND ESSENTIALLY SOUND PAIR OF THE 3-CENT IMPERFORATE PLAYING CARDS ISSUE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL FIRST ISSUE REVENUE MULTIPLES -- ONLY SEVEN PAIRS ARE RECORDED.

The definitive census of these issues can be found at www.thecurtiscollection.com, where seven vertical pairs are recorded. No other multiples are known.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

90,000
30,000
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215
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 215, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.903c Telegraph, Imperforate (R19a), 3c Telegraph, Imperforate (R19a)3c Telegraph, Imperforate (R19a). Huge margins, black handstamp cancel, wonderful deep rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; Revenues are unlisted in SMQ)

100
500
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216
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 216, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.903c Telegraph, Imperforate (R19a), 3c Telegraph, Imperforate (R19a)3c Telegraph, Imperforate (R19a). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, deep rich color and proof-like impression, manuscript cancels, Extremely Fine

500
275
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217
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 217, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.905c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R27a), 5c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R27a)5c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R27a). Unused (no gum), huge margins all around, brilliant color, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp, with 2013 P.F. certificate for pair, Scott Retail as used

100
350
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218
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 218, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9010c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a), 10c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a)10c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a). Crackly original gum, large margins, radiant color, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful original-gum stamp, Scott Retail as used

400
375
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219
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 219, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9010c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a), 10c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a)10c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a). Huge margins, deep rich color, June 27, 1863 manuscript cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine

400
750
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220
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 220, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9010c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a), 10c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a)10c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a). Horizontal pair, margins all around, mostly large to huge, lovely color, 1863 manuscript cancel, Very Fine, ex Tolman

850
500
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221
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 221, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9010c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a), 10c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a)10c Certificate, Imperforate (R33a). Horizontal strip of three, large margins, rich color, neat June 17, 1863 manuscript cancel, right stamp small thin spot, Very Fine appearance and an attractive multiple, Scott Retail as pair and single

1,250
450
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222
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 222, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9010c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R36a), 10c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R36a)10c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R36a). Horizontal pair, large balanced margins, attractive color, neat 1863 manuscript cancel, vertical plate burnishing marks between stamps and in left margin, Extremely Fine, scarce in this nice condition, ex Tolman

1,300
2,700
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223
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 223, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9010c Power of Attorney, Imperforate (R37a), 10c Power of Attorney, Imperforate (R37a)10c Power of Attorney, Imperforate (R37a). Large margins, rich color, neat manuscript cancel, Very Fine and choice

1,100
325
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224
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 224, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9010c Power of Attorney, Imperforate (R37a), 10c Power of Attorney, Imperforate (R37a)10c Power of Attorney, Imperforate (R37a). Horizontal pair, ample to very large margins, bright color with no apparent evidence of cancel (appears unused), Very Fine and choice, www.the curtiscollection.com records one block of four, two strips of three and five horizontal pairs, ex Tolman

2,700
1,100
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225
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 225, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9015c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R40a), 15c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R40a)15c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R40a). Original gum, h.r., large margins, pretty shade, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1997 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as used

45
225
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226
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 226, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9025c Bond, Imperforate (R43a), 25c Bond, Imperforate (R43a)25c Bond, Imperforate (R43a). Horizontal pair, large even margins all around, rich color, neat 1863 manuscript cancel, Extremely Fine and choice pair, no blocks of four or larger are known making a pair the largest recorded multiple, ex Joyce and Zoellner

750
600
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227
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 227, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9025c Life Insurance, Imperforate (R47a), 25c Life Insurance, Imperforate (R47a)25c Life Insurance, Imperforate (R47a). Horizontal pair, huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at right, blue manuscript cancel, Extremely Fine

150
325
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228
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 228, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9040c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R53a), 40c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R53a)40c Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R53a). Large margins (small nick at top in margin only), crisp impression, magenta manuscript and cut cancels, light creases, thin at top, Very Fine appearance, with 2008 P.F. certificate

2,500
350
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229
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 229, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9050c Surety Bond, Imperforate (R63a), 50c Surety Bond, Imperforate (R63a)50c Surety Bond, Imperforate (R63a). Huge margins including bottom sheet margin, deep rich color, neat manuscript cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp

400
325
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230
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 230, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9050c Surety Bond, Imperforate (R63a), 50c Surety Bond, Imperforate (R63a)50c Surety Bond, Imperforate (R63a). Huge margins all around, deep rich color, neat 1863 manuscript cancel, faint horizontal crease at bottom, Extremely Fine appearance, a spectacular stamp

400
325
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231
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 231, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9050c Surety Bond, Imperforate (R63a), 50c Surety Bond, Imperforate (R63a)50c Surety Bond, Imperforate (R63a). Horizontal pair, large margins to ample at right, unobtrusive 1863 manuscript cancels, Very Fine and scarce, the largest multiple is a strip of four (no blocks are known)

1,200
375
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232
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 232, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.9070c Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R65a), 70c Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R65a)70c Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R65a). Large to huge margins, deep rich color, neat "Schuchardt & Debrand Mar 25, 1864" circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine, a superb example of this scarce First Issue

725
1,100
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233
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 233, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.90$1.00 Life Insurance, Imperforate (R71a), $1.00 Life Insurance, Imperforate (R71a)$1.00 Life Insurance, Imperforate (R71a). Large even margins, brilliant color, neat April 1863 manuscript cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, ex Halstead

300
600
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234
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 234, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.90$1.00 Life Insurance, Imperforate (R71a), $1.00 Life Insurance, Imperforate (R71a)$1.00 Life Insurance, Imperforate (R71a). Horizontal and vertical pairs, large to huge margins except close at top right of right stamp of first, attractive pastel shades, bold 1863 and 1864 manuscript cancels, Fine-Extremely Fine set of pairs, only four multiples are larger (largest is block of six)

1,300
800
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235
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 235, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.90$1.30 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R77a), $1.30 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R77a)$1.30 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R77a). Large to full margins, deep rich color, two strikes of "D.S. & Co. Apr. 21, 1863" handstamp cancels

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.30 FOREIGN EXCHANGE IMPERFORATE WITH HANDSTAMPED CANCEL.

Ex Zoellner. Scott value without premium for handstamped cancel

9,000
13,000
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236
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 236, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.90$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a), $1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a)$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a). Large margins all around, intense shade and proof-like impression, lightly struck handstamp and manuscript cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE $1.60 FOREIGN EXCHANGE IMPERFORATE.

With 1995 P.S.E. certificate

1,400
2,700
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237
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 237, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.90$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a), $1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a)$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a). Full to large margins, deep rich shade, light handstamp cancels, small sealed tear, Extremely Fine appearance, the ideal example of this scarce First Issue for a collector who values appearance over total soundness

1,400
475
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238
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 238, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.90$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a), $1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a)$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a). Vertical pair, clear margins, deep rich color and detailed impression, 1868 manuscript cancels, light diagonal creases affect bottom stamp only

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED VERTICAL PAIR OF THE IMPERFORATE $1.60 FOREIGN EXCHANGE FIRST REVENUE ISSUE.

The largest multiple is the horizontal strip of three offered in lot 363. Two horizontal pairs are also known.

Ex Joyce. Scott Retail $5,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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239
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 239, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.90$1.90 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R80a), $1.90 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R80a)$1.90 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R80a). Large margins all around, bright color, lightened cancel, light horizontal crease, accompanying certificate describes two "repaired" facial scuffs but that seems to us to be overstating the case (at worse they are touched up), Extremely Fine appearance, a rare First Issue stamp, ex Tolman, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate

12,500
9,000
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240
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 240, First Issue Imperforate, 1c-$1.90$1.90 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R80a), $1.90 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R80a)$1.90 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R80a). Margins to just in, cancelled by perfect strike of "Bank of Commerce In N.Y., 12/15 1863" with month and day in manuscript, on bank draft for £3,000 sterling, the draft with some flaws

A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE $1.90 FOREIGN EXCHANGE ON A BANK DRAFT AND USED AS INTENDED.

With 1981 and 2011 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as used $12,500.00 with no premium for the document

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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