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

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

Category — 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3350
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3350, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123), 1c Buff, Re-Issue (123)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Deep rich color on bright paper, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, bold cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

With 1982 and 2001 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,650.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98) and four others share this grade.

400
2,700
3351
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3351, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123), 1c Buff, Re-Issue (123)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Warm shade, bold strike of Brooklyn duplex cancel, Very Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate (VF 80)

400
225
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3352
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3352, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123), 1c Buff, Re-Issue (123)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Vertical pair, intense shade and impression, bold New York registry oval cancels, Very Fine and choice, used multiples are rare, no blocks are contained in Power Search and this is the first off-cover pair we have offered since keeping computerized records, with 2003 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as singles

800
0
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3353
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3353, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)2c Brown, Re-Issue (124), 2c Brown, Re-Issue (124)2c Brown, Re-Issue (124). Deep rich color and proof-like impression, well-balanced margins, bold New York City oval grid cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

800
1,200
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3354
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3354, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)3c Blue, Re-Issue (125), 3c Blue, Re-Issue (125)3c Blue, Re-Issue (125). Rich color and proof-like impression, neat strike of New York City datestamp and duplex oval grid cancel, slightly toned, light corner perf crease at bottom left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE. ONLY FIFTEEN ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

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. Of the fourteen other used copies, only three are confirmed as sound, but one has a straight-edge and the other has never been certified. Two others need to be examined to determine soundness. The example offered here, with no obvious flaws, is very desirable.

Census No. 125-CAN-09. Ex Mayer. With 1982 P.F. and 1994 P.S.E. certificates.

27,500
7,500
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3355
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3355, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)6c Blue, Re-Issue (126), 6c Blue, Re-Issue (126)6c Blue, Re-Issue (126). Choice centering with well-proportioned margins, radiant color on bright paper, face-free cancel at lower left

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.

Ex Dr. Morris and Mayer. 1991 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $3,000.00). In our opinion, this deserves a VF-XF 85 grade, if not XF 90.

3,250
3,250
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3356
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3356, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127), 10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127)10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127). Vivid color as fresh as the day it was printed, bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, well-struck New York City "5" numeral oval grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. THIS STAMP HAS BEAUTIFUL COLOR, WIDE MARGINS, A PERFECTLY-STRUCK CANCEL AND TREMENDOUS VISUAL APPEAL.

SMQ estimates that approximately 30 used examples are known. We estimate that between 30 and 50 are known used. However, it is surprisingly difficult to obtain in such superb condition.

Ex Natalee Grace. With 1991 and 2012 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

2,000
7,000
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3357
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3357, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127), 10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127)10c Yellow, Re-Issue (127). Bright color, bold New York oval registry cancel, one of three accompanying certificates states small corner crease top right which is barely if at all evident, Very Fine appearance, with clear 1999 and 2013 P.F. certificates (F-VF 75), with 2013 P.S.E. certificate mentioning the crease (F 70; SMQ $1,350.00)

2,000
550
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3358
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3358, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)12c Green, Re-Issue (128), 12c Green, Re-Issue (128)12c Green, Re-Issue (128). Incredibly rich color and proof-like impression, almost perfect centering with well-proportioned margins, neat strike of New York City "2" oval grid cancel and part of duplex datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION, AND EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AND THE ONLY ONE TO ACHIEVE IT.

The 12c 1869 Pictorial Re-Issue is the second rarest of the set in used condition (the 3c is the rarest). The Rose book estimates 15-25 extant used copies, and SMQ estimates 20 extant. It was the only used 1869 Re-Issue denomination in the Zoellner collection that was accepted with a small fault.

Ex Tahoe and Merlin. With 2001 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $15,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade.

3,250
15,000
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3359
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3359, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)12c Green, Re-Issue (128), 12c Green, Re-Issue (128)12c Green, Re-Issue (128). Intense shade and impression, bold New York City "2" oval grid cancel and part of duplex datestamp, small corner crease at top left, Very Fine appearance, scarce in used condition, the Rose book estimates 15-25 extant used copies, and SMQ estimates 20 extant, with 1998 P.F. certificate

3,250
2,100
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3360
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3360, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129), 15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129). Deep rich colors and detailed impressions, neat strike of New York registry oval cancel, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive used example of the 15c 1869 Pictorial Re-Issue, with 1993 P.S.E. certificate

1,250
1,400
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3361
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3361, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130), 24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130)24c Green & Violet, Re-Issue (130). Bright colors and proof-like impressions, beautifully centered with wide balanced margins, light strike of New York registry oval cancel, small pressed out corner crease, Extremely Fine appearance, with 2003 P.F. certificate

1,750
1,100
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3362
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3362, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131), 30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131)30c Blue & Carmine, Re-Issue (131). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, bold strikes of New York City datestamp and duplex oval grid cancel, fresh and Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (V-VF 75; SMQ $2,150.00) and 2003 and 2007 P.F. certificates (VF 80)

3,000
2,600
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3363
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3363, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132), 90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132)90c Carmine & Black, Re-Issue (132). Rich colors, unobtrusive cork cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, small tear at lower left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.

SMQ estimates that approximately 40 used copies exist. With 1990 P.F. certificate

6,250
1,900
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3364
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3364, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133), 1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133)1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133). Vertical pair, multiple strikes of Washington D.C. 1884 duplex datestamp and "1" oval grid cancel, Very Fine, a rare used multiple, Power Search locates a used block of six, this pair and five covers with a pair or strip of three, with 2001 P.F. certificate

900
300
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3365
 
Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3365, 1875 Re-Issue of 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 123-133a)1c Brown Orange, 1881 Re-Issue (133a), 1c Brown Orange, 1881 Re-Issue (133a)1c Brown Orange, 1881 Re-Issue (133a). Bright shade, bold strike of New York registry oval cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2000 P.F. certificate (submitted as No. 133 Buff and not corrected)

350
140
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