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Sale 1191 — United States and CSA Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 October, 2018

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*A buyer’s premium of 18% of the winning bid was added as part of the total purchase price on all lots in this sale. Buyers were responsible for applicable sales tax, customs duty and any other prescribed charges. By placing a bid, bidders agreed to the terms and conditions in effect at the time of the sale.

Category — 1861-66 Issue (including First Day of Issue)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2133
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2133, 1861-66 Issue (including First Day of Issue)3c Rose Pink (64b), 3c Rose Pink (64b)3c Rose Pink (64b). Radiant color, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Aug. 17" 1861 First Day circular datestamp on buff cover to Philadelphia, 1861 docketing indicates sender's name and day and year received

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED FIRST DAY COVERS FOR ALL DENOMINATIONS OF THE 1861 ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THE ROSE PINK STAMP. A PHENOMENAL CLASSIC FIRST DAY COVER AND A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM.

Starting in the middle of August 1861, all stamps in circulation were demonetized and replaced by a new issue, to prevent the states in rebellion from cashing in on supplies of stamps left in Southern post offices. Federal post offices throughout the country were instructed to set expiration dates for the exchange of old for new issues -- generally, the exchange period was six days from the date of receipt of new stamps. The first delivery of the new designs was delivered by National Bank Note Company to the government stamp agent, Daniel M. Boyd, on August 16, 1861. It contained over 5 million stamps for the eight initial denominations (1c, 3c, 5c, 10c, 12c, 24c, 30c and 90c). Baltimore was the first city to receive a shipment of the new stamps, which were placed on sale on Saturday, August 17. Advertisements in the local newspaper stated that new stamps were available and old stamps could be exchange up to August 22.

There are only three items known cancelled on the first day of issue, August 17. One is a 1c stamp off cover (Scott 63) with a clear Baltimore circular datestamp with the yeardate. The second is a cover with the 3c Pink (Scott 64), used to Frederick Md. with 1861 docketing at left; the stamp has a piece out at top. The third is the cover offered here, in the Rose Pink shade. None are known, either on or off cover, for the other six denominations.

A distinction should be drawn between this First Day of Issue, as opposed to an Earliest Documented Use. The latter category is subject to change based on new discoveries; the actual First Day of Issue is the day the stamps went on sale.

Ex Fisher and Berkun. With copy of 1973 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $23,000.00 for First Day cover based on two previous auction realizations.

E. 15,000-20,000
14,000
2134
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2134, 1861-66 Issue (including First Day of Issue)3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Bright color, tied by perfectly struck grid, "Pittsfield Mass. Oct. 30, 1861" circular datestamp with yeardate in manuscript on cover to Washington D.C., fresh and Very Fine, a pretty cover, ex "Argentum", with 1999 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $775.00

E. 300-400
170
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2135
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2135, 1861-66 Issue (including First Day of Issue)3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Ten singles, each neatly cancelled by pen strokes, "Helena Nebraska Mar. 1st 1862" Nebraska Territory manuscript postmark on cover to Zurich, Switzerland, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Mar. 12" circular datestamp also ties one stamp, red "AACHEN 26 3/FRANCO" framed transit datestamp and "FRANCO/PREUSS. RESP. VEREINS/AUSGANGS-GRENZES" (Paid to the GAPU Border), manuscript "10" Swiss due marking, several stamps with small faults

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE FRANKING WITH THE 3-CENT PINK ON A COVER FROM NEBRASKA TERRITORY TO SWITZERLAND. THIS IS THE LARGEST FRANKING OF THIS ISSUE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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2136
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2136, 1861-66 Issue (including First Day of Issue)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by large target, "Philadelphia Pa. Oct. 23, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Huntingdon Pa. with stove manufacturer's red cameo corner card with illustration of three stoves or heaters, some edge toning, Very Fine

E. 300-400
300
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2137
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2137, 1861-66 Issue (including First Day of Issue)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by bold strike of circle of wedges cancel, "New York Sep. 23" circular datestamp on Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co. blue cameo corner card cover with flags, horn of plenty and money trees at center, to Ridgeway Pa., barely reduced at right, minor edgewear, Very Fine and attractive

E. 300-400
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2138
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2138, 1861-66 Issue (including First Day of Issue)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, tied by grid, red "Providence R.I. Dec. 30, 1862" double-circle datestamp on cover with "Allen" balloon handstamped cachet and addressed to Professor Lowe in Philadelphia, missing most of top flap, stamp with small repair at top center, still Very Fine and rare early balloon-related cover, the Rhode Island brothers James and Ezra Allen were balloonists who served as military aeronauts in the Union army during the Civil War, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
650
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2139
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2139, 1861-66 Issue (including First Day of Issue)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Well-centered, tied by excellent strike of grid in circle cancel with "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 29, 1864" double-circle datestamp on locally addressed cover, fresh and Extremely Fine strike, a scarce drop-rate use in San Francisco

E. 300-400
300
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2140
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2140, 1861-66 Issue (including First Day of Issue)2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a), 2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a)2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a). Bottom right diagonal half, tied by both target and "Delaware O. May 9" double-circle datestamp on locally addressed lady's cover with elaborate monogram, with original 1870-dated enclosure with similar monogram, some soiling, otherwise Fine, with 1950 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $1,500.00

E. 400-500
650
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