Sale 1108 — The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 29 September, 2015

Category — 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-104)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
78
 
Sale 1108, Lot 78, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-104)1c Blue, Re-Issue (102). Perfectly centered with wide margins, long and full perforations, lovely bright shade, light strike of cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS STANDS ALONE AS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The 1c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). 3,195 of the 1c were sold, by far the largest quantity of any denomination of the set. The remaining 6,805 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 102 used, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/102/102.pdf , records approximately 52 examples. Census No. 102-CAN-52. With 1987 P.F. certificate as Scott 63 (which it is not) and 2007 P.S.E. certificate as No. 102 (Superb 98; SMQ $10,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only to achieve it.

1,500
0
79
 
Sale 1108, Lot 79, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-104)2c Black, Re-Issue (103). Choice centering for this difficult issue, intense shade and impression on bright paper, neat strike of oval grid duplex cancel of New York

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND AND CENTERED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK RE-ISSUE. ONLY 23 USED EXAMPLES ARE CONTAINED IN OUR CENSUS AND THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE IS UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE FINEST.

The 2c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). Only 979 of the 2c were sold; the remaining 9,021 were destroyed on July 16, 1884. The 2c plate can be easily identified by a spot on the cheek.

Our census of Scott 103 used, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/103/103.pdf , records 23 examples. It is known with a variety of cancels. Approximately half are sound. The stamp offered here, with a well-struck contemporary cancel, is one of the finest in existence.

Census No. 103-CAN-06. Ex Merlin. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $22,500.00)

15,000
10,000
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80
 
Sale 1108, Lot 80, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-104)3c Brown Red, Re-Issue (104). Deep rich color and detailed impression on bright paper, neat strike of "1" oval grid duplex cancel of New York, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE 21 USED EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS. A GREAT RARITY.

The 3c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate, which contained 200 subjects in two panes. 10,000 were printed (50 impressions). Only 465 of the 3c were sold; the remaining 9,535 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 104 used, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/104/104.pdf , records 21 examples, plus one with a non-contemporary cancel. Most have duplex cancels, with a large portion sent from New York. Only seven are confirmed as sound and few of these have choice centering; six others need to be confirmed as sound.

Census No. 104-CAN-21. Ex Merlin. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $25,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a used copy and only one other shares this grade (offered in our Kirke sale).

17,500
12,000
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