EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1861 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK WHICH IS GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E. ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER.
Ex Klein, Sharrer and Kirke. This stamp originated on a cover to Albany N.Y. (no longer accompanies). With 1961, 2000 and 2009 P.F. certificates as on cover. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $10,000.00). Only one example has graded higher (at 95) and this is the only example to achieve this grade
FRESH AND FINE EXAMPLE OF THE VERY SCARCE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING.
As has been documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), Carl F. Rothfuchs, a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum. The Rothfuchs lot is not from the same supply acquired by John W. Scott in the late 1870's, from which stamps exist uncancelled and cancelled with a New York City Station D oval.
With 2004 P.F. and 2018 P.S.E. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT BROWN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY ONE OTHER.
The 5c 1861-68 Issue was printed from plates with closely-spaced subjects that left little room for the large 12-gauge perforations. The Brown shade, Scott 76, is scarce in original-gum condition, and truly rare in this high grade.
With 1995 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other, which we last offered in 2009.
FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET, WHICH IS THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMP OF THE 1861-66 SERIES TO OBTAIN -- EITHER UNUSED OR USED -- IN SOUND CONDITION WITH DECENT CENTERING.
Our census of Scott 78c, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/78c/78c.pdf , records a total of 47 used examples of this issue. We also record nine on cover plus three unused. Of the used off-cover copies fewer than a dozen are confirmed as sound.
Census No. 78c-CAN-47. With 2017 P.S.E. certificate