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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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