VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1861 5-CENT FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 37 EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of Scott 57, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/57 , contains a total of 37 copies of this rarity. Of these, one is in The New York Public Library collection. Of the 36 thought to be available to collectors, two are cancelled, 19 have no gum, five have part original gum and ten have full (or nearly full) original gum. Approximately half the full or part original gum stamps in private hands have faults.
Census No. 57-UNC-37. With 2015 P.F. certificate
FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 30-CENT 1861 FIRST COLOR.
Our census of Scott 61, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/61 , contains a total of 33 examples, including one in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library. Virtually all are centered to one side, and many are centered to two sides. A characteristic common to most examples of the 30c 1861 First Color is creasing, which in some cases is very severe and in others barely visible. Only six stamps with original gum are free of faults, and among those a few have a nibbed perf or two.
Census No. 61-OG-09. Ex Waterhouse, Crocker and "Ambassador" (Siegel Sale 300) and from our 1995 Rarities sale. With 1955 and 2008 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND COLLECTIBLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF.
The 5c Buff and Brown Yellow shades are among the rarest of 1861-66 Issue stamps in any kind of unused condition with original gum. While the flaws on this example do not visually detract, they will make it much more affordable.
With 2017 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BROWN YELLOW, SCOTT 67a.
The Brown Yellow is a distinct shade, and is even scarcer than the Buff in unused condition.
Bit heavy backstamp just shows thru. With 1959 P.F. certificate as 5c Buff (Scott 67) and not mentioning the reperfing
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE -- PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE BLUE CANCEL. THIS STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. AND SUPERB 98 BY P.S.A.G. -- THE HIGHEST GRADES AWARDED.
Due to narrow spacing on the 5c plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with its choice centering, fresh color and attractive cancel is a great condition rarity.
Ex Kirke. With 2010 P.F., 2008 P.S.E. (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00) and 2013 P.S.A.G. certificates (98 Used). These are the highest grades awarded for both expertizing services. In the P.S.E. Population Report, only four others share the 95 grade
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BROWN YELLOW.
With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,000.00), only three grade higher (all at 95)
EXTREMELY FINE. A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THE TRUE 24-CENT 1861 VIOLET ON THIN PAPER.
The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c).
Ex "Golden Oak". With 1999 and 2014 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)