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Sale 1084 — The Curtis Collection: 1847-1901 Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 5-6 November, 2014

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b-121b)

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Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3347
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3347, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b-121b)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b). Beautiful deep rich colors, prooflike impression, neat strike of crossroads cancel, tiny thin speck at top center, small sealed tear at top visible only in fluid, minor corner perf crease at top right

VERY FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT. ONE OF THE MOST VISUALLY APPEALING EXAMPLES WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED, BY VIRTUE OF ITS FRESH COLORS, SHARP IMPRESSION AND LIGHT CANCELLATION.

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 (there are an additional three examples of Scott 119c). 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-08. Purple backstamp

22,500
8,500
3348
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3348, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b-121b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Deep rich colors, bold strike of rosette cancel, two tiny tears and faint horizontal crease in top margin (all are very minor)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE 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.

Census No. 120b-CAN-06. With 1969 P.F. certificate

37,500
9,500
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3349
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3349, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b-121b)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Flags Inverted (121b), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Flags Inverted (121b)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Flags Inverted (121b). Perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, quartered cork cancel on one half of stamp leaves inverted flag on other side completely unobscured, few small thin spots (one breaks thru grill point)

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT. ONLY 40 USED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

Our recently updated census of 30c 1869 Inverts, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/121b/121b.pdf , contains a total of 47 stamps, including 7 unused and 40 used (one in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library). This stamp is one of the finest centered examples of all, and it has only minor thins that are not visible on the face of the stamp.

Census No. 121b-CAN-09. With 1993 P.F. certificate

105,000
42,500
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