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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 29 September, 2015

Category — 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
17
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 17, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, bright color, wide margins at sides, neat grid cancel, fresh and Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate

550
400
18
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 18, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 92L4, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, clearly showing the type characteristics, neat strike of circular datestamp at right

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IA PERFORATED. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- APART FROM THE FAMOUS WIDE-SPACED EXAMPLE, THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Type Ia stamps were produced from 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. After perforations were introduced in mid-1857, sheets on hand printed from Plates 1 Late and 2 were fed through the new perforating machine, but the narrow spaces between stamps made perforating difficult to accomplish without cutting into the designs. Plate 4 was produced in early 1857 when the introduction of perforations was anticipated; thus, it was entered from a new six-relief transfer roll, and the spaces between stamps were enlarged to allow for perforations. Some Plate 4 sheets were issued in imperforate form (April to June 1857), while the greater portion was issued perforated beginning in July 1857, along with perforated sheets from Plates 1L and 2.

Plate 4's most distinctive feature is that the top row (Positions 1-10L and 1-10R) was entered with the designs complete at top (Type II) and the bottom row (Positions 91-100L and 91-100R) was entered with designs complete or nearly complete at bottom (Types Ia and Ic). Although the plate layout provided sufficient space for perforations, the height of the top-row and bottom-row designs was larger than others in the sheet, which resulted in perforations cutting into either the top or bottom rows, depending on which direction the sheet was fed into the perforator. Type Ia and Ic stamps from the bottom row are almost always cut into at bottom, an unfortunate situation for collectors because the bottom part of the design is what makes Type Ia and Ic stamps desirable.

The example offered here, with perforations completely clear of the design and showing the full type characteristics at bottom, is a true condition rarity.

With 1990 and 1999 P.F. certificates, the former as on cover with two Scott 24 (cover with other stamps accompanies). With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $92,000.00). Only one has graded higher (the wide-setting copy, ex Eno, Zoellner, Hinrichs and Tahoe, graded 98J) and one other shares this desirable grade.

9,000
40,000
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19
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 19, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Plate 2, rich color on bright paper, light strike of blue town circular datestamp, well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, perforated stamps from Plate 2 are seldom encountered with this choice centering, with 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $800.00), only four have graded higher, the highest is a 95

570
650
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20
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 20, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, intense shade and impression on crisp paper, well-balanced margins, face-free strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III.

With 1994 and 1998 P.F. certificates, the former as on piece

1,800
2,700
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21
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 21, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 11, B Relief, rich color, showing wide break at top and complete outer line at bottom (the characteristics of the type), unobtrusive strike of Pittsfield Mass. circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, with 1995 P.F. certificate

525
425
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22
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 22, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (23)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23). Plate 1L, recut once at top and bottom, rich color on bright paper, lightly cancelled by town circular datestamp, clear of face, choice centering with extraordinarily wide margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IV.

Ex Golin. With 1993 and 1999 P.F. certificates

900
900
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23
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 23, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, intense shade and impression, neat strike of unusually-configured circular datestamp, fresh and Extremely Fine

40
375
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24
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 24, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)3c Rose, Ty. I (25), 3c Rose, Ty. I (25)3c Rose, Ty. I (25). Brilliant color, choice centering which clearly shows the type characteristics, neat circular datestamp cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,300.00), only four have graded higher

125
900
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25
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 25, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Radiant color, wonderful centering with unusually wide margins, neat strike of circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $700.00), only two have graded higher (both 98J)

20
650
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26
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 26, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. IV (26A), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. IV (26A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. IV (26A). Scott-listed variety inner line recut at right, choice centering, deep rich color, neatly cancelled by town datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $450.00 with no premium for the variety)

350
425
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27
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 27, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brick Red (27), 5c Brick Red (27)5c Brick Red (27). Brilliant color, neat strikes of black town datestamp and red New York foreign mail exchange office datestamp, Extremely Fine, a beautiful example of this scarce 5c 1857 printing, which is rarely found with the choice centering and attractive cancellation presented by this stamp, with 1980 and 1996 P.F. certificates

1,850
1,300
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28
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 28, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Red Brown (28), 5c Red Brown (28)5c Red Brown (28). Warm shade nicely complemented by neat strike of "PAID" handstamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN, SCOTT 28.

With 1991 and 1997 P.F. certificates

1,135
2,500
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29
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 29, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Indian Red (28A), 5c Indian Red (28A)5c Indian Red (28A). Radiant color in the true Indian Red shade, with interpane selvage with centerline at left, choice centering with perforations completely clear of outer projections on all sides, neat strike of New Orleans circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1858 5-CENT INDIAN RED.

With 1981 and 1998 P.F. certificates

3,500
7,500
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30
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 30, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown (29), 5c Brown (29)5c Brown (29). Brilliant color, wide margins, small part of circular datestamp at left leaves the portrait untouched and practically the entire design unobscured, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.S.E. and 2000 P.F. certificates

400
850
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31
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 31, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30), 5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30)5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Deep rich color nicely complemented by neat strike of blue "Baltimore Md. Jul. 16, 1861" circular datestamp, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

5c stamps in the Orange Brown shade (Scott 30) were printed from Plate 2 in 1861. They were the last stamps of the 1857 Issue distributed before the U.S. Post Office Department demonetized all circulating stamps in August 1861. For this reason, the 5c Orange Brown is much scarcer in used condition than unused.

With 2000 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share it.

1,430
14,500
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32
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 32, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Rich color and remarkable impression showing every detail of the lathework and design, nicely complemented by a vivid "paint" red grid cancel, gorgeous centering with perfectly balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 1980 and 1998 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $9,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 100, offered in our Natalee Grace sale where it realized $18,000 hammer), and no others share this desirable grade.

320
14,500
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33
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 33, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Unusually wide margins which amply shows the entire design, rich color on bright paper, neat strike of San Francisco circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE I, WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THE TYPE CHARACTERISTICS.

Type I is defined as having the entire design complete at bottom, and it only comes from the bottom 20 positions on the plate. Due to narrow spacing and its location on the bottom row, the defining characteristic is often cut off by the perforations. A notable exception is the stamp offered here, which has extra wide spacing at bottom. This is an excellent example of a stamp that may not receive a high numerical grade due to unbalanced margins, but ranks among the finest known.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

1,200
2,400
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34
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 34, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)10c Green, Ty. II (32), 10c Green, Ty. II (32)10c Green, Ty. II (32). Brilliant color, neat strike of San Francisco circular datestamp, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate

200
425
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35
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 35, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)10c Green, Ty. III (33), 10c Green, Ty. III (33)10c Green, Ty. III (33). Bright shade nicely complemented by red grid cancel, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 1992 P.F. certificate

235
475
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36
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 36, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)10c Green, Ty. IV (34), 10c Green, Ty. IV (34)10c Green, Ty. IV (34). Position 86L1, recut at top, deep rich color, choice centering with evenly-balanced margins, light strike of circular datestamp leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV. A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN HIGHER GRADES.

10c 1855 Type IV stamps are defined by the recut of one or both outer lines at the top or bottom of the design. Type IV stamps come from only seven scattered positions on the left pane and one position on the right pane of Plate 1. Therefore, only 4% of the stamps from Plate 1 are Type IV.

With 1985 and 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $6,000.00). Only four have graded higher (all at 95) and five others share this grade.

2,500
5,250
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37
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 37, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Intense shade and proof-like impression, centrally-struck blue circular datestamp, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Natalee Grace sale)

285
1,500
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38
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 38, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)12c Black, Plate 3, Double Frameline at Right (36B var), 12c Black, Plate 3, Double Frameline at Right (36B var)12c Black, Plate 3, Double Frameline at Right (36B var). Intense shade and impression which clearly shows the variety, neat red grid cancel, wide margins, Very Fine and choice example of this variety, according to the Neinken pamphlet on the 12c stamp, "These extra side line varieties are the result of vertical lines ruled from the top to the bottom of the plate, and while not always continuous, they generally are found extending the full length of the stamp. It is believed that each position in the third vertical row had an extra line to the right of the right outside frame line, and each position in the fourth vertical row had an extra line to the left of the left outside frame line. Thus two extra vertical lines were ruled between the 3rd and 4th vertical rows. Between the 7th and 8th vertical rows of the left pane is a single line, which we believe runs from the top to the bottom of the plate.", with 1983 and 1998 P.F. certificates

320
425
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39
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 39, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Vivid color, choice centering for this difficult issue, bold large Boston "Paid" grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $775.00)

425
600
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40
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 40, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, choice centering with well-proportioned margins, neat strike of blue circular datestamp (probably Baltimore Md.)

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE, WITH GORGEOUS CENTERING AND A BLUE CIRCULAR DATESTAMP CANCEL.

The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a volume of mail franked with those values. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies are scarce, and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare.

Ex Saadi. With 1991 and 2014 P.F. certificates

11,400
6,000
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