Sale 1174 — The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 7 March, 2018
Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)
VERY FINE. A SOUND AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib FROM PLATE ONE EARLY.
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.
With 2006 and 2017 P.F. certificate (VF 80).
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE, SHOWING THE CURL ON SHOULDER PLATE VARIETY.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in 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 (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
The Curl on Shoulder variety resulted from a tiny thread adhering to the relief on the transfer roll.
With 1989, 2000 and 2017 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
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, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. This stamp is notable not only for the clear breaks, which are evident at both top and bottom, but for its overall condition and perfectly struck datestamp cancel, making it one of the most eye-appealing examples of Type III known.
With 1975 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,750.00). Only four have graded higher.