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Sale 1150 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

Category — 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
536
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 536, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. I-Ib (5-5A), 1c Blue, Ty. I-Ib (5-5A)1c Blue, Ty. I-Ib (5-5A). Positions 7-8R1E, horizontal pair with combination Type I at left and Type Ib at right, margins to in, the Type I clearly displays the complete design at right, dark shade from a late printing, unobtrusive cancel, right stamp (Type Ib) with tiny nick in bottom margin

AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE, CONTAINING POSITION 7R1E, WHICH IS THE ONLY TYPE I POSITION, AND POSITION 8R1E, WHICH IS ONE OF THE TWO BEST EXAMPLES OF TYPE Ib ON THIS PLATE.

According to the Wagshal Census, the following used multiples containing Position 7R1E (Scott 5) are recorded: 7R1E as part of a used pair (on or off cover) -- 9; and 7R1E as part of a used strip of three -- 12.

The Types I and Ib in this dark shade are exceedingly rare, and was probably used just prior to altering the plate in the spring of 1852.

Offered to the market for the first time since Siegel Sale 460 (Oct. 22, 1974). With 1975 P.F. certificate. Wagshal Census No. 5-MUL-59. Scott Retail as combination pair $140,000.00

E. 15,000-20,000
17,000
537
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 537, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A), 1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A). Position 6R1E, large top sheet margin, large margin at right, just touching at upper left and slightly in at bottom, wonderful bright early shade and proof-like impression, grid cancel, tiny pinpoint punctures at bottom right

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF POSITION 6R1E, ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE Ib EXAMPLES, SHOWING THE COMPLETE DESIGN AT TOP AND NEARLY COMPLETE DESIGN AT BOTTOM.

Ex Geisler. With Ashbrook note and 2007 P.S.E. certificate

12,000
2,100
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538
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 538, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A), 1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A). Position 6R1E, large margins to barely in at top left and bottom left, bright color, neat grid cancel, thins, light crease

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib FROM PLATE ONE EARLY, FROM ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST EXAMPLES OF THE TYPE.

Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp from Plate 1 Early. Six positions on Plate 1E furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were burnished away. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom erased than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type.

12,000
2,100
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539
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 539, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A), 1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A). Position 4R1E, large margins to in at bottom including top sheet margin, radiant color, small ink spot at left but otherwise uncancelled, long tears and creases at bottom, otherwise Fine, a decent space-filler for this rare type, with 2016 P.F. certificate

8,500
1,100
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540
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 540, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A), 1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A). Positions 8-9R1E, horizontal pair, large margins all around except just touched at bottom left of left stamp, deep rich color, neat manuscript cancels, expertly sealed tear at bottom right of left stamp almost entirely in margin (not mentioned on certificates)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE PAIR OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib IMPERFORATE FROM POSITIONS 8 AND 9R1E.

Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom erased than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type.

Signed Ashbrook. With 1977 and 1994 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as pair $19,000.00. Scott Retail as singles with manuscript cancels

10,750
5,750
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541
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 541, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b), 1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b)1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b). Position 96R4 with Curl in "C" variety, large part original gum which covers nearly the entire back, three large margins, just in at bottom, deep rich color

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE TYPE Ic FROM THE BOTTOM ROW OF PLATE 4. THIS IS THE FIRST UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE CONTAINED IN POWER SEARCH SINCE OUR 1981 RARITIES SALE. ONLY TWO POSITIONS IN THE BOTTOM ROW FURNISHED THE MORE DISTINCT EXAMPLES OF TYPE Ic.

Positions 91R and 96R on Plate 4 come from the bottom row and have the full plume at bottom left and partly complete plume at right (a sub-type of Type Ia). These two are the most desirable examples of Type Ic. Other Type Ic positions on the plate are less distinct.

A Power Search review found only two others in unused condition offered in our Rarities sales and auctions since 1994, including one with top sheet margin and one with large part original gum offered in our 1981 Rarities sale.

With 1981 and 2017 P.F. certificates

27,500
23,000
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542
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 542, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b), 1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b)1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b). Position 96R4 with Curl in "C" variety, huge margins to just in including bottom sheet margin, stamp clearly shows the type characteristics, rich color, neat strike of circular datestamp, small thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE Ic FROM THE BOTTOM ROW OF PLATE 4 -- ONLY TWO POSITIONS IN THE BOTTOM ROW FURNISHED THE MORE DISTINCT EXAMPLES OF TYPE Ic.

Positions 91R and 96R on Plate 4 come from the bottom row and have the full plume at bottom left and partly complete plume at right (a sub-type of Type Ia). These two are the most desirable examples of Type Ic. Other Type Ic positions on the plate are less distinct.

9,000
3,250
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543°
og
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 543, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 2, original gum, lightly hinged, enormous margins all around including significant portions of adjoining stamps on three sides (almost a third of the stamp above), rich color, detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II. THIS STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 BY BOTH THE P.F. AND P.S.E.

As the gaps between positions visible on this remarkable single demonstrate, the spacing between stamps left very little room for separation. Most examples have margins either just clear or touching, or into the design. The relative paucity of large multiples in sound condition also contributes to its scarcity with such wide margins.

With 2002 and 2006 P.F. certificates (OGph, Gem 100). With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Gem 100; SMQ $19,000.00). Only one has graded higher and two others share this grade. This is the highest grade for an original-gum example we have offered in any of our sales.

1,000
6,000
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544°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 544, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 89-90L3, horizontal pair from the ninth horizontal row with sheet margin at right, original gum, margins at left and top showing complete design, just in at bottom, intense shade, Fine, a rare Plate 3 multiple with original gum, with 2016 P.F. certificate, listed but unpriced as a pair, Scott Retail as two singles

9,000
1,000
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545
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 545, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II, Major Plate Crack (7 var), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Major Plate Crack (7 var)1c Blue, Ty. II, Major Plate Crack (7 var). Position 23L2, unused (no gum), large margins to in, rich color, diagonal crease at bottom, Fine appearance, Scott Retail as with gum

1,300
475
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546
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 546, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. III (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III (8)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Unused (no gum), margins to in but showing clear breaks at top and bottom (the characteristics of the type), deep rich Plate 4 color, few small toned spots, small crease at center, Fine appearance, scarce unused Type III, with 1968 and 2017 P.F. certificates

7,500
7,500
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547
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 547, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8). Large margins including part of bottom sheet margin, deep rich color, neat strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2. THIS POSITION YIELDS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.

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, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, "The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased... The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines." (p. 184).

With 1977 P.F. certificate

11,500
5,000
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548
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 548, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8). Large margin at bottom showing the large break, double transfer at right also clear, other margins to just in at top, light town cancel, diagonal creases, Fine appearance, a rare 1c 1851 Issue stamp, with 2001 A.P.S. certificate

11,500
950
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549
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 549, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. III (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III (8)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Plate 4, large margins to just touching at bottom, deep shade and detailed impression, light circular datestamp, Very Fine

2,000
1,200
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550
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 550, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. III (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III (8)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Positions 23-24L4, horizontal pair, full to enormous margins all around, wide breaks at top and bottom, incredibly rich color and proof-like impression, light New Orleans circular datestamp, faintest trace of a crease at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A HANDSOME AND RARE PAIR OF THE TYPE III 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

There are only a small number of adjoining Type III positions on Plate 4, which produced both imperforate and perforated stamps. Imperforate Type III pairs are extremely rare. This pair shows clear breaks in the lines at top and bottom and comes from two "swing" positions, 23-24L4, which transformed from Type IIIa to Type III as the plate wore.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

4,500
1,300
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551°
og
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 551, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 4, original gum, lightly hinged, huge even margins all around with wide break at top and showing part of adjoining stamp at top, deep rich Plate 4 color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.

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.

The Type IIIa from Plate 4 with original gum is extremely rare. We have offered only a handful in similar condition over the past 15 years. A look at the P.S.E. Population Report also gives an indication of its rarity in better condition -- only one has graded higher than 50 (graded 90 and offered in our 2015 European Connoisseur's Collection, realized $17,500 hammer)

Ex "Scarsdale". With 2002 P.F. certificate

6,000
16,000
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552
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 552, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 4, unused (no gum), three large margins, just in at top but still clearly showing a break, rich color, small tear at right, small corner flaws at top left and right, otherwise Fine, with 1975 and 2017 P.F. certificates

2,250
450
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553
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 553, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Position 32L1E, three huge margins showing parts of adjoining stamps, ample at bottom, rich color complemented by neat segmented circular cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, ex Wagshal

825
600
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554
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 554, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 4, large to full margins, deep rich color and strong impression, light face-free cancel, minute natural inclusion, Very Fine, with 1981 P.F. certificate

825
500
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555
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 555, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 4, large margins to just touching scroll at bottom, deep color and sharp impression, light town cancel, Very Fine

825
550
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556
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 556, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 4, large to huge margins including barest traces of adjoining stamps at sides, rich color, light manuscript "X" cancel, light crease and small corner crease in top right margin clear of design, Extremely Fine appearance

400
0
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557
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 557, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II-IIIa (7-8A), 1c Blue, Ty. II-IIIa (7-8A)1c Blue, Ty. II-IIIa (7-8A). Plate 1E, horizontal pair, left stamp Type IIIa, rich color, huge margins to just touched including portion of adjoining stamp at right, bold Cincinnati circular datestamps, Very Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,500
425
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558°
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 558, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Plate 1 Late, Mint N.H., recut once at top and bottom, enormous margins all around including parts of all nine surrounding stamps, deep rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV IS GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE ATTAINABLE. THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION.

Many collectors have a tendency to discount how difficult it is to find imperforate classics in such superb condition. The assumption is that there are multiples which can be split to "make" perfect singles. However, to produce the gem offered here, one would have to find a block of nine with no hinging in the surrounding stamps. For all of the imperforate issues (Scott 1-17), only four stamps in total have achieved this ultimate grade in Mint N.H. condition -- two of Scott 9 and two of Scott 11.

With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ in Mint N.H. condition). Scott 9 is priced at $11,000.00 for a hinged stamp graded 100. This does not take into consideration any multiplier for Mint N.H. condition or for the higher grade. Scott Retail as hinged

750
9,000
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559
ogbl
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 559, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Block of four, slightly disturbed original gum, margins to just in, light crease partly between stamps and minute tear at bottom right, Very Fine appearance

3,500
550
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560
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 560, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Huge margins including bottom sheet margin, deep shade and sharp impression, town datestamp, extra bit of ink at lower left edge could be different cancelling ink and is not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $425.00)

95
150
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561
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 561, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Large margins to full including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, deep rich color, neat strike of "Way" handstamp, Extremely Fine

140
120
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