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Sale 1109 — U.S. 1847-69 Issues, featuring the Kenneth D. Gilbart Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 30 September, 2015

Category — 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
581
og
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 581, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Original gum, lightly hinged, crisp impression, reperfed at top, appears Extremely Fine, an extremely fresh 12c 1861 with gorgeous centering, with 2000 P.F. certificate

1,800
550
582
 
12c Black (69). Group of five singles and one pair, two with blue cancels, one red cancel, attractive margins, a couple small flaws, overall Fine with two Very Fine

775
140
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583
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 583, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c 1861 Issue, Shades (70/78), 24c 1861 Issue, Shades (70/78)24c 1861 Issue, Shades (70/78). Nine stamps on a stock card, selected from a larger group to show the wide shade variation seen on the 24c -- even within a single listed color such as Red Lilac -- including range from Red Lilac, Steel Blue (two), to Lilac and Gray, all with attractive cancels, a few small flaws, overall Fine group, two P.S.E. certificates accompany, Scott Retail more than $4,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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584
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 584, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c 1861 Issue, Balance (70/78), 24c 1861 Issue, Balance (70/78)24c 1861 Issue, Balance (70/78). Six singles and a horizontal pair, including singles of 70, 70a (3) and 78 (2), pair is of No. 78, all have better cancels including two with shield (one struck in blue), star in circle, G.B. barred oval, pair with 8-bar triangular grids, few faults, Fine-Very Fine and desirable group with superior cancels, five with certificates

E. 750-1,000
550
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585
 
24c 1861 Issue, Balance (70/78). 25 stamps on two stock cards, wide range of shades from Red Lilac thru Gray, one appears unused, only a couple pen cancel, several colored cancels, mixed condition with flaws to be expected including a couple color changelings and a fake blue Boston large grid cancel, many appear Fine, Scott Retail more than $8,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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586
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 586, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Bright color, neat "Thomaston Me. Oct. 21, 1861" double-circle datestamp, two short perfs, otherwise Very Fine, scarce cancelled solely by the double-circle datestamp, ex Saadi, with 1991 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates

850
750
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587
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 587, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Colorful cancels, blue "Baltimore Md. Jan. 14" and red "19" credit handstamp, well-balanced margins, two pinholes at center, Extremely Fine appearance, ex Saadi, with 2014 P.F. certificate

915
225
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588
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 588, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Bright color nicely complemented by red New York British Packet circular datestamp, light horizontal crease, small filled-in thin spots, Very Fine appearance, ex Saadi, with 1991 P.F. certificate

890
200
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589
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 589, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Warm shade nicely complemented by red grid cancel and red boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, sealed tear at lower right, Very Fine appearance, ex Eno and Saadi, with 1991 P.S.E. certificate

890
170
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590
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 590, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Gorgeous color beautifully complemented by New York red grid cancel, fresh and Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

890
200
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591
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 591, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Three, each with intense shade, first well contrasted by bold strike of town datestamp, light corner creases at top left, appears Fine, second neat red grid cancel, light pressed creases and small perf tears, appears Fine, with 1992 P.S.E. certificate, third red grid cancel, about Fine

2,550
425
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592
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 592, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Warm shade nicely complemented by blue Cincinnati O. Aug. 20 circular datestamp, portion of a second red cancel at bottom, Fine, this distinctive Violet shade is the so-called "Cincinnati Violet", this is undoubtedly an 1861 use which would make it tied for the earliest known use, with 1976 P.F. certificate and attached note from the P.F. which states "while we feel that this is a probably 1861 usage, we do not wish to express this on our certificate..."

2,275
900
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593
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 593, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bright color, cancelled by well-struck Union Soldier's Head fancy cancel of New York City (Skinner-Eno PH-F 72), Very Fine strike of this desirable fancy cancel, the creation and use of this fancy cancel in the Spring of 1866 coincided with the return of soldiers from the Civil War, it is known on at least one domestic cover, but apparently the cancelling device migrated to the foreign-mail exchange office, where it was used to cancel stamps on mail to foreign countries

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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594
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 594, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bold strike of "US" surrounded by circle of stars fancy cancel. small repair at right and some short perfs at left, Very Fine strike

190
150
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595
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 595, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Clear strike of "MY" Heart fancy cancel of Dayton O., Fine strike and rarely seen on this high denomination

190
225
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596
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 596, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bold strike of "U.S. Postage" two line handstamp, sealed tear at lower right, Very Fine strike

190
200
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597
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 597, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Brilliant color, red "New York Supplementary Mail" Type D circular datestamp, accompanying certificate notes repaired perf at bottom which has since been removed leaving one short perf, still Fine, rare with the Supplementary Mail Type D cancel, this marking is recorded on covers dated in 1873-74, but the existence of 1861 Issue stamps with this datestamp indicate earlier use (or late use of the stamps), ex Koppersmith and Saadi, with 1980 and 2014 P.F. certificates, this cancel is listed but unpriced in Scott, Scott Retail as normal red cancel

225
300
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598
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 598, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bright color, red "Supplementary Mail" Type A cancel, well-struck with all letters visible, small tear at upper left and couple short perfs, Fine appearance, scarce cancel

265
180
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599
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 599, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Horizontal strip of five, bright color, neat blue circle of wedges cancels, end stamps faint vertical creases, minor perf separations, Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as two pairs and a single

1,115
450
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600
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 600, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c 1861 Issue, Balance, 30c 1861 Issue, Balance30c 1861 Issue, Balance. Seven items, each has better cancel, including "Hiogo, Japan" double-circle, "Paid" in double oval, three with blue cancels including Wells, Fargo, Bremen transit and registered marking "Recommandirt", one on piece with unusual grid of small diamonds, last with "Steamship" circular datestamp, few faults, all selected by the owner for superior strikes of the cancel and so Very Fine in that respect, five with certificates

E. 750-1,000
900
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601
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 601, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange, Cancels (71), 30c Orange, Cancels (71)30c Orange, Cancels (71). 33 stamps on stock cards, nice range of cancels including red, blue, leaf, several stars, straightline "Registered", "Paid 30" and other varieties of "Paid", interesting range of stamp shades as well, some flaws to be found as the cancel was paramount rather than centering or soundness, Fine group with many Very Fine strikes, Scott Retail with no premiums for the cancels more than $6,200.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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602
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 602, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Redistributed original gum, rich color, tiny corner crease at bottom left, Very Fine appearance, red backstamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

3,250
600
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603
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 603, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Deep shade, well-centered, tied by bold red grid cancel, matching "New York Paid Mar. 12" circular datestamp on large piece of cover to Calcutta, India, sender's directive "p Overland Mail via Marseilles", red "S.L. Calcutta G.P.O. AP 27 1862" backstamp, the piece is affixed to an envelope, stamp with corner crease top right, slight toning, creases and small faults in piece, still a Fine appearing and rare use of the 90c 1861

E. 500-750
500
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604
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 604, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)90c Blue, 15c Black (72, 77), 90c Blue, 15c Black (72, 77)90c Blue, 15c Black (72, 77). Small balance of six stamps, two No. 72 including one with extra wide s.e. margin showing portion of adjoining stamp at left, three No. 77, blue, red and black cancels respectively, also No. 69, a few small flaws, Fine or appear so

1,840
375
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605
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 605, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)2c Black, Cancels (73), 2c Black, Cancels (73)2c Black, Cancels (73). 15 stamps including one No. 87, showing a wide variety of cancels with several better, including red and blue grids, fancy star within star within circle, negative star in circle, couple geometric, New York Carrier octagon, a few minor flaws but overall a very attractive group, some of these were on exhibit pages

975
400
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606
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 606, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)5c Red Brown (75), 5c Red Brown (75)5c Red Brown (75). Horizontal pair partly separated and used on piece, incredible fiery red shade (the richest and most vibrant natural Red Brown we have encountered), tied by unusual segmented cork cancel, left stamp small tear at top, still Very Fine and spectacular, ex Saadi, with 1988 P.F. certificate

900
400
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607
 
Sale Number 1109, Lot Number 607, 1861-66 Issue, Off-Cover, Cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Blackish Violet (78c), 24c Blackish Violet (78c)24c Blackish Violet (78c). Deep rich color in this distinctive shade on bright paper, light strike of target cancel

FINE. A RARE COMPLETELY SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET, WHICH IS THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMP OF THE 1861-66 SERIES TO OBTAIN.

A thorough search through past auction catalogues will demonstrate how rare this stamp is in either used or unused condition. With regard to used stamps, this shade was lacking from the Ishikawa, Grunin, Klein, Caspary and Twigg-Smith collections. The Zoellner collection contained an original-gum single even though the rest of the series was obtained in used condition, because a suitable used stamp was never offered.

Our census of Scott 78c, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/78c/78c.pdf , records a total of 44 used examples of this issue, not all of which have been certified as genuine by The Philatelic Foundation. We also record nine on cover plus three unused, for a total of 56 potential examples. Of the used off cover copies only approximately 10 are confirmed as sound

Census No. 78c-CAN-44. With 2001 P.S.E. and 2015 P.F. certificates

20,000
4,250
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