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Sale 1150 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

Category — 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
574
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 574, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. I (13), 10c Green, Ty. I (13)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Unused (no gum), huge margins to barely touched at bottom left, rich color on bright paper

VERY FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I.

10c 1855-57 Type I stamps come from the bottom 20 positions of the plate, and they are the only stamps to show the complete right shell and nearly complete left shell. For some reason the sheet margin at bottom was often trimmed away.

Ex Lehman (Siegel Sale 379, Sept. 1970). With 1968 P.F. certificate

8,500
2,600
575°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 575, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Original gum, lightly hinged, enormous margins all around which frame the design like a small die proof, deep rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STAMP IS ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT TYPE II 1855 ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. A MAGNIFICENT CLASSIC STAMP IN ALL RESPECTS -- FRESHNESS OF GUM, SIZE OF MARGINS, COLOR, IMPRESSION AND OVERALL APPEAL.

The prepaid transcontinental rate was raised from 6c to 10c in April 1855, which prompted the Post Office Department to add a 10c value to the current series. Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Company produced one plate of 200 subjects for the imperforate issue, which was also used when perforations were introduced in 1857. Although the subjects were spaced further apart than they had been on the 1c, 3c and 12c plates, there were still variations in the designs. Four design types are recorded for the first plate (Plate 1): Type I with the full bottom shell (from the bottom row only); Type II with the top part of the design nearly complete; Type III with the design at top incomplete; and Type IV with recut lines at top and/or bottom.

Although the wider spacing on the 10c plate provided more room for separation, this stamp has remarkably huge margins all around, each of which goes well beyond the mid-point between stamps.

Ex "Connoisseur", Dr. Morris and "Scarsdale". With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $35,000.00). Only one has graded higher and only one other shares this grade. This is the highest grade we have offered in our auctions.

5,000
29,000
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576
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 576, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Unused (regummed), large even margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression, tiny thin spot at top left in margin only, Extremely Fine appearance

1,800
800
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577
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 577, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Huge margins including interpane margin at left with centerline, intense shade and impression, neat strike of New York Ocean Mail circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $650.00), Scott Retail with no premium for the cancel

150
400
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578
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 578, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Huge margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression, light unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2017 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $650.00)

160
400
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579
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 579, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Huge margins all around, deep rich color nicely complemented by blue circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $650.00)

160
300
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580
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 580, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. III (15), 10c Green, Ty. III (15)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Large to huge margins, bright color, light circular datestamp leaves most of design clearly visible, Extremely Fine, a pretty stamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

150
400
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581
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 581, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. III (15), 10c Green, Ty. III (15)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Position 87R1 with curl to right of left "X", large balanced margins, deep shade, Extremely Fine, ex Levi

250
160
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582°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 582, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. IV (16), 10c Green, Ty. IV (16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 64L1, recut at top and bottom, unused (no gum), huge top margin, ample margins other three sides, radiant color, completely sound

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SOUND, UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IV FROM POSITION 64L1 -- THE ONLY POSITION RECUT AT BOTH TOP AND BOTTOM.

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. Of these eight positions, 64L1 is the only one with recut lines at both top and bottom.

A survey of The Philatelic Foundation's records and our own Power Search reveals the rarity of Position 64L1 in sound, unused condition. The only comparable example in Power Search is the original gum stamp from our 1994 "Concord" Rarities of the World sale, which had an insignificant corner crease far from the design. The P.F. online database lists only one sound example (without gum) in addition the stamp offered here.

With 2016 P.F. certificate. Position 64L1 is unpriced without gum. Scott Retail as original gum

45,000
14,000
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583°
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 583, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. IV (16), 10c Green, Ty. IV (16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 76L1, recut at bottom, large to huge margins, neat strikes of "Charleston S.C. Mar. 27, 1858" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV, SCOTT 16.

With 1991 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $4,650.00)

1,800
0
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584
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 584, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. IV-II (16-14), 10c Green, Ty. IV-II (16-14)10c Green, Ty. IV-II (16-14). Horizontal pair, positions 3-4R1, the left stamp Type IV from the misplaced relief position, huge to large margins including portions of adjoining stamps at bottom and left, deep rich color and bold impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE PAIR CONTAINING THE SCARCE TYPE IV RECUT.

Ex Levi. With 1984 P.F. certificate

2,100
3,625
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585
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 585, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)10c Green, Ty. IV (16), 10c Green, Ty. IV (16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 55L1, recut at bottom, large margins all around, rich color, neat strike of circular datestamp, small thin spot, small paper indentation at top center, otherwise Very Fine

1,800
375
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586°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 586, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, original gum, barest faint trace of hinging (if at all), incredibly huge margins all around including sheet margin at right and significant parts of four adjacent stamps, proof-like impression in a beautiful grayish black shade on bright fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM HORIZONTAL PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH COLOSSAL MARGINS AND EXTRAORDINARY FRESHNESS.

As this pair amply demonstrates, the spacing between stamps on the plate is very narrow. Most examples (unused and used) have either narrow margins or are cutting into the framelines. This pair, with full original gum and with such large margins, is a remarkable rarity.

2000 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ as a pair, SMQ $65,000.00 as a single.

17,500
0
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587
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 587, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Large margins showing part of adjoining stamp at upper right, crisp shade and bold impression, neat grid cancel, Extremely Fine

250
350
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588
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 588, 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Four multiples including three pairs and strip of three, the pairs with four margins, strip with margins to just in at bottom, one with bold Philadelphia datestamp and part of red transit, Fine-Very Fine and attractive group

2,550
375
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