A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE I ON COVER, USED TO PAY THE CIRCULAR FEE RATE. THIS IS FROM A RECENT DISCOVERY.
The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal contains at least 98 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills. An even smaller number were used on covers, and those used to pay the 1c circular fee are extremely rare.
With 2013 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IA, ONE OF THE RARITIES FURNISHED BY PLATE FOUR.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
Ex Scarsdale. With 1989 and 2002 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL AND REMARKABLY PRISTINE LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE II ISSUE.
As the top and bottom margins of this stamp demonstrate, the 1c 1851 plates provided virtually no space between the stamps for separation. The stamp offered here, with wide margins showing the complete design all around and parts of the adjoining stamps above and below, is a true condition rarity.
Ex "Scarsdale." With 2003 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. This stamp is notable for its wide breaks at both top and bottom.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $6,000.00)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (NG; VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,750.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA FROM PLATE 4.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April-June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate.
Ex Odeneal. With 2000 and 2007 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST FIRST DAY COVERS BEARING THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED USED FROM CHICAGO.
In his census in the 1851 Sesquicentennial book, Wilson Hulme recorded a total of 43 covers used on July 1, 1851, which is the first day they were valid for postage, including three used from Chicago. One of these has a heavy manuscript cancel.
Offered to the market for the first time since a March 1977 Kaufmann sale. With 1970 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM FOUR-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
Ex Mayer and Curtis. With 2005 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as original gum
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
The 10c Type I stamps are defined as having complete scrolls at bottom. They are only found on the bottom row of the plate (20 positions). For some reason, they were usually trimmed at bottom when they were separated, leaving a dearth of quality copies. This example, with its enormous margins, is an extreme exception to the rule.
With 2004 P.F. and 2003, 2005 and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,000.00). Only one has graded higher and four others share this desirable grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1855 TYPE II, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $4,200.00). Only one has graded higher (at 100) and six others share this desirable grade.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
The 12c 1851 plate was laid down with very little room between stamps -- just barely one millimeter, to be exact. For this reason, collectors have a difficult time finding stamps with large margins all around. The original-gum example offered here is a true condition rarity.
Small red and blue backstamps. With 1999 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $12,500.00). Only three have graded higher and two others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
As James Allen recently determined (see Chronicle 244), the early state of the 12c Plate 1 did not have an imprint. This stamp comes from the first position of the ninth row, where there was no imprint even in the late state of the plate. However, judging from the sheet margin, at one time it might well have been attached to the "key" original-gum block pictured in the article (Figure 3, Positions 61-62/71-72L1E).
With 2015 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85 XQ). The "XQ" in the grade is used for stamps of extraordinary quality.
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
Ex Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $4,750.00)
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED BISECTED USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM CALIFORNIA, AND ONE OF ONLY FIVE LEGITIMATELY USED BISECTS FROM SONORA. A PHENOMENAL EXHIBITION ITEM, OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE OUR 1978 AUCTION OF THE J. DAVID BAKER COLLECTION.
The 12c stamp was bisected to pay the 6c transcontinental rate, effective July 1, 1851, due to a shortage of 3c and 1c stamps. The next earliest use from Sonora is Jan. 7, 1852. Seven bisects are known used from Sonora, and it is believed only five were recognized as valid for postage.
Illustrated in Baker's U.S. Classics on p. 200. Illustrated in Letters of Gold on p. 110. Ex Caspary and J. David Baker.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A FANTASTIC PAIR OF COVERS BEARING MATCHING HALVES OF THE SAME 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE STAMP, WHERE ONE WAS ACCEPTED AS POSTAGE AND THE OTHER APPARENTLY NOT. A PHENOMENAL PAIR OF ITEMS SUITED FOR EXHIBITION.
The transcontinental rate after July 1, 1851 was 6c, but if not prepaid by stamps then it was charged 10c due from the recipient (see Siegel Sale 1002, lot 3743 for an example used from San Francisco Oct. 1, 1853 which was also charged 10c due).
Each with 1971 P.F. certificate, the latter stating "the DUE 10 indicates that this was not accepted as postage"
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MIRACULOUS CONDITION RARITY WHICH IS BY FAR THE FINEST KNOWN ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 FRANKLIN CARRIER STAMP -- GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.
Any unused example of this stamp is a rarity, as only a handful exist in any quality. To find one with original gum (we have only offered two in over 15 years) and completely sound is an almost unheard of combination. In our opinion, this remarkable stamp ranks as one of the greatest condition rarities in all of United States philately. We have positioned it with the 1851 Issue to emphasize our long-held opinion that the Franklin and Eagle Carrier stamps belong with the 1851-56 Issues.
With 1991 and 2011 P.F. certificates (the latter graded XF-Superb 95)