VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Although Plate 4 was designed with sufficient space to accommodate perforations, the height of the top row and bottom row positions resulted in the perforations often cutting into the design at either top or bottom. This stamp shows nearly complete bottom scrolls and plumes.
From our 1989 Rarities of the World Sale. With 1988 and 2017 P.F. certificates (F-VF 75)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa GRADED XF 90 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $2,850.00). There are very few high-grade Scott 22's with the Jumbo appellation (two 95J's and only this single 90J)
EXTREMELY FINE. A FRESH AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN.
With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,250.00). Only seven have graded higher.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE III GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 XQ BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.
With 2010 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95 XQ). The "XQ" denotes extraordinary quality.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 12-CENT FROM PLATE 3 GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
Ex Bowman. With 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98, offered in our Natalee Grace sale)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AN EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB USED CONDITION.
The 30c 1860 challenges collectors for several reasons. First, the subjects were closely spaced together on the plate, leaving almost no room for perforations and little opportunity to create stamps with perforations clear of the design on all four sides. Second, the 24c, 30c and 90c 1860 high values were only in circulation for a brief period before the series was demonetized in the Fall of 1861. Third, this high-denomination stamp was issued for use on transatlantic mail, and postal clerks were careful to thoroughly cancel the stamps to prevent cleaning and re-use. Therefore, 30c 1860 stamps in sound and well-centered condition defy all circumstances and are extremely rare.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,800.00). Only three examples have graded higher.