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Sale 1096 — The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 28-30 April, 2015

Category — 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
133
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 133, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Original gum, crisp impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

1,800
1,800
134
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 134, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Perfectly centered, intense shade, blue grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

100
375
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135
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 135, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Choice centering, crisp shade and impression, circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

300
275
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136
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 136, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Gorgeous deep rich color in the true Steel Blue shade, complemented by New York City red grid cancel, centered slightly to left but mostly wide margins, Very Fine, with 1989 and 2003 P.F. certificates

890
600
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136A
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 136A, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Original gum, well-centered, bright fresh color, light horizontal and vertical creases, trivial short perfs at right

VERY FINE CENTERING. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET.

With 2015 P.F. certificate

35,000
4,500
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137
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 137, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Unusually deep shade of Violet, well-centered, cork cancel, Very Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

2,250
750
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138
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 138, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Block of four, original gum, top pair hinged and bottom pair very lightly hinged, near perfect centering, brilliant fresh color on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLE, AND THIS IS ONE OF THE TWO FINEST BLOCKS.

As this block demonstrates, the 30c 1861 plate left very little space between the stamp subjects. Consequently, perforations usually cut into part of the design. This fact is acknowledged in both the Scott Catalogue and Stamp Market Quarterly, and the 30c 1861-68 Issue is one of the few for which which centering standards are adjusted accordingly.

This block is one of approximately eight different blocks we have located in past auctions. It was originally joined with the equally superb block of four in our sale of Alan B. Whitman collection (Siegel Sale 968). This block was originally positioned to the right of the ex-Whitman block. It is possible that these and a few other 30c 1861 blocks were part of a larger multiple, but this and the Whitman blocks have superior centering to any others.

Ex Lilly, Klein and Zoellner. With 1968 and 1998 P.F. certificates.

17,500
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139
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 139, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Block of four, original gum, intense shade and proof-like impression, top right stamp light diagonal bend not noted on certificate

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Less than ten blocks of four are recorded. Most tend to be centered to left. A block of eight was offered in the Caspary sale, with similar centering, and this may have come from the same sheet.

With 1983 P.F. certificate.

32,500
5,000
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140
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 140, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Original gum, lightly hinged, unusually well-centered, bright color

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY SCARCE SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Ex "Concord". With 1988 P.F. certificate

2,600
3,750
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141
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 141, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Regummed (looks like 1861 Re-issue gum), h.r., bright color, Very Fine

1,300
425
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142
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 142, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Near perfect centering, cancelled by bold strike of New York City 4-Petal Flower foreign mail cancel, a forerunner to the later Bank Note period foreign mail cancels, faint toning not noted on accompanying certificate, still Extremely Fine, with 1993 P.F. certificate

600
600
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143
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 143, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)90c Pale Blue (72a), 90c Pale Blue (72a)90c Pale Blue (72a). Horizontal pair which has been rejoined, bright shade, quartered cork cancels, right stamp diagonal crease at right, still Extremely Fine examples of this shade variety, with 2005 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as singles

1,300
425
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144
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 144, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Block of four, part original gum, intense shade and impression on bright paper, top left stamp few short perfs and corner crease, Fine-Very Fine appearance

2,750
550
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145
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 145, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)3c Scarlet, Trial Color Plate Proof on Card (74TC4), 3c Scarlet, Trial Color Plate Proof on Card (74TC4)3c Scarlet, Trial Color Plate Proof on Card (74TC4). Shaved, perforated and gummed proof created to deceive, apparently it worked, with 1978 P.F. certificate as sound Scott 74

E. 150-200
325
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146
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 146, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)3c Scarlet (74), 3c Scarlet (74)3c Scarlet (74). Four neat pen strokes, vibrant color, bright and fresh

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING FROM THE ROTHFUCHS GROUP.

As has been documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), Carl F. Rothfuchs, a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum. The Rothfuchs lot is not from the same supply acquired by John W. Scott in the late 1870's, from which stamps exist uncancelled and cancelled with a New York City Station D oval.

Ex "Vineyard." With 2000 P.F. certificate

5,500
4,000
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147
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 147, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)5c Red Brown (75), 5c Red Brown (75)5c Red Brown (75). Original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression

VERY FINE AND RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 ISSUE IN THE RED BROWN SHADE.

This is a very difficult issue to obtain in sound original-gum condition.

With 1986 P.F. certificate

5,750
2,800
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148
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 148, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)5c Red Brown (75), 5c Red Brown (75)5c Red Brown (75). Warm shade, neat strike of target cancel and part of red transit, well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1980 and 1998 P.F. certificates

510
900
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149
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 149, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED AND UNUSUALLY FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT BROWN.

The 5c 1861-68 Issue was printed from plates with closely-spaced subjects that left little room for the large 12-gauge perforations. The Brown shade, Scott 76, is scarce in original-gum condition, and truly rare in this quality.

With 1986 P.F. certificate

1,400
3,500
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150
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 150, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Original gum, intense shade and proof-like impression, unusually wide margins for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN. SCARCE IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.

With 1990 P.F. certificate

4,750
7,000
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151
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 151, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Lilac (78), 24c Lilac (78)24c Lilac (78). Original gum, crisp impression, attractive centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 24-CENT LILAC SHADE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate for block of four

2,750
2,100
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152
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 152, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 69-78c)24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and detailed impression on bright white paper with virtually colorless gum (all hallmark characteristics of the 1863 printing)

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1863 GRAYISH LILAC SHADE. VERY SCARCE IN THIS HIGH-QUALITY ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

With 1986 P.F. certificate (submitted as No. 78, opinion states No. 70a Brownish Lilac -- we disagree)

2,750
2,600
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153
 
Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 153, 1861-66 Issue, 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, bold strike of cork cancel, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET, WHICH IS THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMP OF THE 1861-66 SERIES TO OBTAIN -- EITHER UNUSED OR USED -- IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

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. The superb used single in our Sale 878 (lot 324, realized $22,000 hammer) was stolen from a Fedex courier and has not been recovered.

Our census of Scott 78c, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/78c/78c.pdf , records a total of 36 used examples of this issue, of which only 31 have been certified as genuine by The Philatelic Foundation. We also record nine on cover plus three unused, for a total of 48 potential examples. Of the used off cover copies only ten are confirmed as sound, and of these ten only four have decent centering (one of which is the stolen copy). This leaves only three used copies which are confirmed as sound and centered -- Census Nos. 01 (ex Dr. Morris), 02 (ex Natalee Grace) and 30 (ex Floyd, the example offered here).

Census No. 78c-CAN-30. Ex Floyd. With 1996 P.F. certificate

20,000
9,000
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