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Sale 1150 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
649
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 649, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B), 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Deep rich color nicely complemented by red circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine and choice

1,710
0
650
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 650, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B), 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Deep rich color, crisp impression, perfs clear of design all around, neat strikes of Boston double-circle datestamp and trace of red cancel, Very Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

1,710
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651°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 651, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)1c Ultramarine (63a). Mint N.H, 1c Ultramarine (63a). Mint N.H1c Ultramarine (63a). Mint N.H., radiant color in the distinctive Ultramarine shade, bright paper, long and full perforations, beautiful centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE SCARCE ULTRAMARINE SHADE.

In his 1c book, Don Evans devotes almost an entire column on p. 33 to a discussion of the Ultramarine shade. He notes that it is "extremely scarce". He notes that apart from the Ultramarine and Indigo shades, "the remaining shades are comparatively plentiful."

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; unpriced in SMQ as unused in any state). This is the highest grade awarded and the only one to achieve it.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,750
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652°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 652, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)3c Rose Pink (64b). Mint N.H, 3c Rose Pink (64b). Mint N.H3c Rose Pink (64b). Mint N.H. with top selvage, radiant color, large margins, fresh and Very Fine, a difficult issue to obtain in Mint N.H. condition, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

600
1,100
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653
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 653, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Original gum, lightly hinged, precise centering with even margins, rich color, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

125
225
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654
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 654, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)3c Lake (66), 3c Lake (66)3c Lake (66). Original gum, unmistakable rich Lake shade, reperforated at bottom, Very Good appearance, with 2016 P.F. certificate

2,000
325
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655
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 655, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)3c Lake (66), 3c Lake (66)3c Lake (66). Original gum, rich color, perf flaws at top and right, otherwise Very Good

2,000
325
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656°
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 656, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Deep rich color and detailed impression, beautiful centering with the design untouched by the perfs, perfect socked-on-the-nose strike of San Francisco cogwheel cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A WONDERFULLY FRESH AND CENTERED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 BUFF MADE MORE DESIRABLE BY THE WELL-STRUCK SAN FRANCISCO COGWHEEL CANCEL.

Due to narrow spacing on the 5c plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with its choice centering and cancel, is a true condition rarity.

With 2016 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

800
0
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657
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 657, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Bright color on fresh paper with wide margins at top and bottom and even margins at sides, bold circular datestamp at bottom left leaves most of design clearly visible, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 1988 and 2003 P.F. certificates

55
475
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658
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 658, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Intense shade nicely complemented by bright red grid and transit datestamp, sharp impression, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning stamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

340
850
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659°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 659, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful color and detailed impression, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT BROWNISH LILAC. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT SHADE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH PRISTINE CENTERED CONDITION.

The color is a soft brownish shade, which is quite distinctive and much different than the Red Lilac (1862) or later Lilac (1863-66) printings. It is particularly difficult to obtain in sound, centered and original-gum condition, which is also demonstrated by the P.S.E. Population Report numbers -- this is the only example to grade above 80.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $7,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded and no others share it.

3,250
5,500
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660°
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 660, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Rich color, bold strike of grid cancel, choice centering with well-balanced margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,500.00)

850
0
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661°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 661, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, remarkably choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS IN SOUND, CENTERED AND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c). All four are rare, especially in sound original-gum condition. We feel this is nearly as rare as the Blackish Violet, which has a catalogue value of $100,000.00.

With 2006 P.F. certificate. This stamp and the ex-Whitman copy (Siegel Sale 968, lot 89, realized $90,000 hammer) are the two finest we have encountered.

35,000
0
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662
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 662, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Extraordinarily well-centered for this tightly-spaced issue, strong color, bold circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $575.00)

200
375
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663°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 663, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Original gum, lightly hinged, warm shade, wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE WHICH IS VERY LIGHTLY HINGED.

We have encountered perhaps a half-dozen sound 90c 1861 stamps with original gum and Very Fine or Extremely Fine centering. The multiples that were broken to furnish singles were generally off center.

Ex Hetherington and Senchuk as top stamp in a vertical pair. 1961 P.F. certificate as pair no longer accompanies. With 2011 P.S.A.G. certificate (XF-Superb 95). By way of comparison, only one is graded 95 at P.S.E.

3,250
5,500
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664
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 664, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Bright shade, choice centering, neat cork cancels, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2002 and 2008 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

600
950
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665
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 665, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)90c Pale Blue (72a), 90c Pale Blue (72a)90c Pale Blue (72a). Fresh color, choice centering, neat strike of grid cancel, tiny corner crease, otherwise Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

650
450
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666
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 666, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Bright shade nicely contrasted by perfect strike of red "Newark N.J. Dec. 8, 1865" double-circle datestamp, Very Fine and choice, with 2003 P.F. certificate

110
600
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667
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 667, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)3c Scarlet (74), 3c Scarlet (74)3c Scarlet (74). Part original gum, h.r., tiny perf tear at top, reperfed at right, appears Fine

7,000
1,400
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668
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 668, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)3c Scarlet (74), 3c Scarlet (74)3c Scarlet (74). Unused (no gum), vibrant color, clipped perfs at top, otherwise Very Good, ex Slawson, Scott Retail as with gum

7,000
750
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669°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 669, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)5c Red Brown (75), 5c Red Brown (75)5c Red Brown (75). Original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful deep shade of Red Brown, nice centering with well-balanced margins

VERY FINE. A FRESH AND CHOICE SOUND, ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT RED BROWN.

The 5c Red Brown is one of the 1861-66 stamps that challenges collectors who demand choice original-gum examples. Multiples are extremely rare, with only one recorded original-gum block; therefore, there has never been a supply of blocks from which singles could be harvested. The vast majority of original-gum singles are off-center, faulty or both.

With 2016 P.F. certificate (OGph, VF 80). By way of comparison, the highest graded original gum example of Scott 75 contained in P.S.E.'s Population Report is Fine 70

5,750
4,250
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670
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 670, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)5c Red Brown (75), 5c Red Brown (75)5c Red Brown (75). Well-centered, deep rich color, light town datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

425
500
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671°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 671, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and detailed impression, wide and well-balanced margins which are completely clear of the design on all four sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED AND UNUSUALLY FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT BROWN. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

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 high grade.

Ex "Scarsdale". With 1999 P.F. certificate

1,350
3,750
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672
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 672, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Jumbo margins including straddle-pane margin with centerline at right, neat segmented cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, an extraordinary stamp, with 2004 and 2010 P.F. certificates

180
750
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673
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 673, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Intense shade and detailed impression on bright paper, choice centering with unusually wide margins, neat circle of wedges and trace of red cancel, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2003 and 2011 P.F. certificates (XF 90), we are surprised this did not grade higher

180
300
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674
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 674, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Intense shade, wide margins, face-free cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

180
325
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675
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 675, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 62B-78)15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Detailed impression on bright white paper, nicely centered, neat grid cancel, Very Fine, with 2009 P.F. certificate

180
190
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