Sale 1150 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 1 March, 2017
Category — 10c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 13-17)
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
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.
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
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)
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE PAIR CONTAINING THE SCARCE TYPE IV RECUT.
Ex Levi. With 1984 P.F. certificate
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.