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Sale 1195 — The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues

Sale Date — Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Category — 1861-66 Issue Stamps

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
104
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 104, 1861-66 Issue Stamps1c-90c 1861-66 Issue (63/78), 1c-90c 1861-66 Issue (63/78)1c-90c 1861-66 Issue (63/78). 13 unused stamps, including Nos. 63, 64b, 68, 69, 70, 70a, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77 and 78, most either no gum or unused (regummed), No. 64b and 78 with original gum, rich colors, attractive margins and centering, some faults, overall appear Fine or better, a scarce group in unused condition, No. 75 with 1987 P.F. certificate

13,865
3,250
105
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 105, 1861-66 Issue Stamps1c-90c 1861-66 Issue (63/72), 1c-90c 1861-66 Issue (63/72)1c-90c 1861-66 Issue (63/72). Eight used stamps, including Nos. 63, 65, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72 and 76, rich colors, few different cancels, some faults, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, 90c with 1993 P.F. certificate

1,403
550
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106
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 106, 1861-66 Issue Stamps1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, brilliant color on bright paper, fresh and Fine

1,600
700
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107
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 107, 1861-66 Issue Stamps1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Radiant color, perfect strike of Philadelphia circular datestamp, gorgeous centering with unusually wide margins, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal stamp, extremely rare with such enormous balanced margins, with 2017 P.S.A.G. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo), by way of comparison the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. is a 98

45
0
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108
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 108, 1861-66 Issue Stamps1c Blue, Dot in "U" (63), 1c Blue, Dot in "U" (63)1c Blue, Dot in "U" (63). Brilliant color, bold strike of "Aug. 21, 1861" circular datestamp, Very Fine, a very early postmark, the earliest recorded postmark is August 17, with 1979 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
200
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109
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 109, 1861-66 Issue Stamps1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Six, each a different shade, identified by the owner as Blue, Pale Blue, Bright Blue, Dark Blue, Ultramarine and Near Indigo, range of cancels including red grid, red Carrier, blue "Paid", "Paid" and circle of wedges, few faults, still a Fine-Very Fine group, a useful group of shades, ex Herzog

E. 400-500
750
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110
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 110, 1861-66 Issue Stamps1c Blue, Laid Paper (63c), 1c Blue, Laid Paper (63c)1c Blue, Laid Paper (63c). Choice centering, deep rich color, neat manuscript cancel, neat vertical laid lines, Very Fine, scarce with such choice centering, with 2018 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $4,500.00 for handstamped cancel

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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111
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 111, 1861-66 Issue Stamps1c Blue, Laid Paper (63c), 1c Blue, Laid Paper (63c)1c Blue, Laid Paper (63c). Horizontal strip of three, each with faint dot in "U", showing horizontal laid lines, unobtrusive New York and target cancels, right stamp rounded corner at top right, center stamp with breaks in paper fibers from cancel, still Very Fine and very rare, Don Evans notes in his 1c book (p. 37) that this is known to have been printed on both horizontally and vertically laid paper, multiples are extremely rare, with 1986 P.F. certificate as sound, Scott Retail $13,500.00 as singles

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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112
og
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 112, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Brownish original gum which is typical for this issue (today's certificate issuers will probably describe it as slightly disturbed), radiant color in the true Pink shade, faint horizontal crease just below top perfs not mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE PINK COLOR.

With 1991 P.F. certificate

14,000
1,600
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113
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 113, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Block of four, original gum, true Pink color, choice centering, right stamps light vertical crease (as often found on the Pink stamps with original gum), small tears in top left and bottom right stamps, few expertly reinforced perf separations and single short perf at upper right (last two not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK.

Multiples of this distinctive shade are very difficult to obtain. Apart from the unique plate block of twelve (ex Zoellner) we have offered only four other blocks since keeping computerized records. None were sound.

With 1988 P.S.E. certificate

65,000
5,250
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114
og
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 114, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a), 3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a)3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color in the true Pigeon Blood Pink shade, diagonal crease at top left, pulled perf at top

FINE APPEARANCE. THE 1861 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK IS EASILY ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE 1861 ISSUE STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN UNUSED CONDITION. WE HAVE OFFERED ONLY ONE OTHER SINCE 1993, AND THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION HAS CERTIFIED FEWER THAN A SIX.

The 3c Pigeon Blood Pink is one of the rarest of all 1861-66 Issue shades in original-gum condition. We have offered only three since keeping computerized records, including the Whitman copy in 2009, one with a piece out in 1993, and the stamp offered here. The Philatelic Foundation has certified two others, both with faults and off center, bringing the total to four certified by the P.F. plus one uncertified offered by us in 1993. The P.F. has also previously certified one other as genuine, but it was withdrawn when resubmitted and so needs to be reexamined. The Miller collection (owned by The New York Public Library and now displayed at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum) contains another, but it is not available to collectors.

With 1958 and 2018 P.F. certificates. The Pigeon Blood Pink shade was first listed in Scott in 1957.

50,000
21,000
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115
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 115, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a), 3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a)3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a). Vibrant color and detailed impression, neat strike of grid cancel, small thin spot at top left not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Fine appearance, an attractive example of this scarce shade, with 1968 P.F. certificate

4,500
1,200
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116
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 116, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose Pink (64b), 3c Rose Pink (64b)3c Rose Pink (64b). Block of four, brownish original gum, bright color, bottom stamps horizontal crease at top, few sensibly rejoined perf separations, Fine appearance, a scarce block

3,250
425
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117
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 117, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Bottom imprint and plate no. 11 block of eight, lightly hinged, bright shade, few sensibly reinforced perf separations

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING QUALITY PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 3-CENT ROSE 1861 ISSUE.

Imprint and plate number blocks of the 3c 1861 only come from the bottom of the sheet.

4,250
2,400
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118
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 118, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Block of four with "Engraved by the National Bank" portion of imprint and full "No. 14" plate number in selvage at bottom, original gum, barely hinged, rich color on bright paper, fresh and Fine-Very Fine, a scarce block with the plate number and significant portion of the imprint, the 3c 1861 plate number is only found on the bottom of the sheet

E. 750-1,000
350
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119
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 119, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose, Horizontally Laid Paper (65b), 3c Rose, Horizontally Laid Paper (65b)3c Rose, Horizontally Laid Paper (65b). Disturbed original gum, bright color, clear laid lines, light horizontal creases not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Fine, Brookman notes "It is known on both horizontally and vertically laid paper, in used and unused condition in each instance. It is not common in either form...", with 1996 P.S.E. and 2018 P.F. certificates, unpriced as unused in Scott, which undervalues the used versus the similarly rare 1c on laid paper

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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120
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 120, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose, Horizontally Laid Paper (65b), 3c Rose, Horizontally Laid Paper (65b)3c Rose, Horizontally Laid Paper (65b). Showing clear laid lines, brilliant color, neat College Hill circular datestamp, few short or pulled perfs at bottom, otherwise Very Fine, Brookman notes "It is known on both horizontally and vertically laid paper, in used and unused condition in each instance. It is not common in either form despite the fact that such varieties in used condition do not at present carry a very high premium", with 2018 P.F. certificate, undercatalogued in Scott

1,100
650
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121
og
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 121, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose, Imperforate (65c), 3c Rose, Imperforate (65c)3c Rose, Imperforate (65c). Vertical pair, sheet margin at bottom, original gum, h.r., large margins, deep rich color, Very Fine

1,000
450
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122
og
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 122, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose, Imperforate (65c), 3c Rose, Imperforate (65c)3c Rose, Imperforate (65c). Horizontal pair, original gum, h.r., large margins to full, some faint overall toning which is characteristic of the 3c Rose Imperforate, Very Fine and choice

1,000
375
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123
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 123, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (65d), 3c Rose, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (65d)3c Rose, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (65d). Top sheet margin vertical pair, unused (no gum), large margin at bottom, choice centering, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH SUCH A WIDE TOP SHEET MARGIN.

We have been able to assemble most of the top row of the Imperforate Horizontally sheet from examples in our records. It appears likely that these were first separated along the perforations into vertical strips and then were then cut apart along the imperforate side. The number of 3c Imperforate Horizontally originally found is not known, but they are very rare in any form. Most examples we have seen are without gum. The last example we offered was in 2014, and prior to that one has to go back to our 2009 Whitman sale to find another.

Scott Retail as no gum pair is based on our 2014 auction realization

6,500
2,000
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124
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 124, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose, Imperforate Horizontally (65d var), 3c Rose, Imperforate Horizontally (65d var)3c Rose, Imperforate Horizontally (65d var). Single, radiant color, huge margins including parts of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, roughly separated due to the lack of perforations, neat grid cancel

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT ROSE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

The size of the margins and the method of separation, with parts of the adjoining stamps at top and bottom, are conclusive evidence that this stamp never had horizontal perforations.

Ex Herzog. With 2018 P.F. certificate. Unlisted in Scott as used

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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125
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 125, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose, Printed on Both Sides (65e), 3c Rose, Printed on Both Sides (65e)3c Rose, Printed on Both Sides (65e). Back printed inverted in relation to the front, showing bottom portion of the design on back clearly printed, neat target cancel, small thin spot at top right not mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES. OUR CENSUS CONTAINS ONLY TWELVE USED AND THREE UNUSED COPIES. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE 1861 ISSUE.

Engraved stamps printed on both sides usually have a poor impression on one side and a second, complete impression on the other. They probably occurred when a sheet was printed without proper moistening, which prevented the paper from picking up the ink in the recessed lines of the engraved plate.

The 3c 1861 printed-on-both-sides stamps are known with the orientation of the back impression the same or inverted in relation to the design on the front, which indicates that more than one sheet was printed. The inverted impression on back is a result of the sheet being turned 180 degrees before it was put on the press the second time. The three unused and four of the used are known with the back printed inverted in relation to the front (one is in the Benjamin K. Miller Collection at the New York Public Library).

Our census of Scott 65 printed on both sides, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/65e , contains three unused and twelve used examples (including one in the Miller Collection). As the census indicates, most of these are in poor condition. Short perfs and rounded corners are the most obvious flaws. One is reperfed. The example offered here is in far better condition than most.

Census No. 65e-CAN-07. With 1966 P.F. certificate

8,000
2,900
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126
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 126, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Rose, Double Impression (65f), 3c Rose, Double Impression (65f)3c Rose, Double Impression (65f). Clear double impression particularly visible on the top half of the stamp, fresh and bright color, two light strikes of target cancel leaves the double impression clearly visible

FINE AND RARE. ONE OF ONLY EIGHT EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE DOUBLE IMPRESSION KNOWN TO US, OF WHICH ONLY TWO ARE SOUND. ONLY FIVE HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. A GREAT RARITY OF THE ISSUE.

Most double impressions occur when the first impression is made and found to be inadequate. The paper is then put in the press a second time, where it receives the heavier impression. It is a common misconception that the weaker impression is the second one.

Our census of Scott 65f, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/65f , records only eight copies (including one in the Benjamin K. Miller Collection at the New York Public Library). None are known unused. Six have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, including one repaired with portions of design added. Another was stolen from a Fedex package several years ago and is still missing. This leaves only five certified and one uncertified available to collectors. The example offered here, with superior centering and showing clear doubling of the design, is one of the finest contained in our records -- only one other is sound, offered in our 2012 Natalee Grace sale.

Census No. 65f-CAN-05. With 2001 P.F. certificate. This is the first we have offered since our 2012 Natalee Grace sale.

12,500
4,250
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127
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 127, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Lake (66), 3c Lake (66)3c Lake (66). Original gum, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, two slightly short perfs at right, otherwise Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate not mentioning the perfs

2,000
1,400
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128
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 128, 1861-66 Issue Stamps3c Lake, Imperforate (66a), 3c Lake, Imperforate (66a)3c Lake, Imperforate (66a). Huge margins including bottom sheet margin, original gum, tiny thin spot at bottom right not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine appearance, attractive with the sheet margin, with 1985 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as pair $1,850.00

E. 750-1,000
475
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129
ng
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 129, 1861-66 Issue Stamps5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Unused (no gum), radiant color, centered to bottom right but with perfs barely touching and other sides wide

FINE. A SCARCE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF.

With 1992 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates

10,500
2,400
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130
og
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 130, 1861-66 Issue Stamps5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Part original gum redistributed over small thin spot, bright color, single toned perf at top left

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 BROWN YELLOW SHADE WITH PART ORIGINAL GUM.

The 5c Brown Yellow and its shade varieties (Buff and Olive Yellow) are recognized as the rarest of 1861-66 Issue stamps in original-gum condition. We have offered fewer than a dozen unused examples in any condition since keeping computerized records.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

30,000
2,400
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131
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 131, 1861-66 Issue Stamps5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Block of four, radiant color, each cancelled by manuscript pen lines on piece of yellow backing paper, additional light strike of "Paid" in circle handstamp at bottom right, few flaws are not readily apparent

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK, EITHER UNUSED OR USED, OF THE 1861 5-CENT IN THE BROWN YELLOW COLOR. ONLY THREE BLOCKS OF FOUR ARE KNOWN FOR BOTH THE BUFF AND BROWN YELLOW SHADES, AND NONE ARE SOUND. A GREAT RARITY OF THE ISSUE.

We are aware of three blocks of four of either Scott 67 or 67a. None are known for Scott 67b. The blocks are: 1) Scott 67 with original gum, bottom stamps with crease and one stamp small repair, ex Ishikawa; 2) Scott 67 with blue grid cancels, perfs expertly rejoined, ex Zoellner; and 3) Scott 67a, pen cancels, small faults, ex Klein, the block offered here. The Philatelic Foundation has only certified the one unused block.

Ex Klein. Scott Catalogue does not list a block in the Brown Yellow shade. Scott Retail as Scott 67

13,000
16,500
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132
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 132, 1861-66 Issue Stamps5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Horizontal pair, radiant color, each stamp with neat "W B H Mar 14th 1863" revenue cancel, few short perfs, otherwise Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

2,200
425
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133
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 133, 1861-66 Issue Stamps5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Two horizontal pairs, slightly overlapping and used with 1c Blue (63), cancelled by small grid of squares on piece with "Bloomington Ind. Oct. 13" circular datestamp, one 5c with small tear at top, 1c with light creases, still Fine-Very Fine, scarce and attractive franking, Scott Retail as two pairs

3,800
425
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134
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 134, 1861-66 Issue Stamps5c Buff, Brown Yellow (67, 67a), 5c Buff, Brown Yellow (67, 67a)5c Buff, Brown Yellow (67, 67a). Five, nice range of shades and wonderful range of cancels including red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Aug. 21" (1861) on Brown Yellow, the earliest documented use for this shade, ex Herzog, also blue Baltimore, red grid, black grid and San Francisco cogwheel, couple small faults, Fine-Very Fine appearing group

4,600
750
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135
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 135, 1861-66 Issue Stamps5c Olive Yellow (67b), 5c Olive Yellow (67b)5c Olive Yellow (67b). Brilliant color in this distinctive shade nicely complemented by red New York grid cancel, tiny tear at top center, reperfed at right, Very Fine appearance, this is one of the rarest shades of the 1861 Issue

4,810
0
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136
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 136, 1861-66 Issue Stamps5c Olive Yellow (67b), 5c Olive Yellow (67b)5c Olive Yellow (67b). Brilliant color, choice centering, neat strike of circular datestamp at right, tiny tear at bottom is barely noticeable, Extremely Fine appearance, with 1999 P.F. certificate

4,750
950
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