EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE SECOND RAREST STAMP OF THE 1861 FIRST DESIGNS AND COLORS. ONLY EIGHT EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT FIRST DESIGN WITH ORIGINAL GUM ARE RECORDED. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE CLASSIC STAMP.
Our census of Scott 62, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/62 , contains 22 examples, including one copy in the New York Public Library collection and another copy certified as a privately-perforated No. 62a, which comes from a set in the Col. Green sale that was signed by John Luff (we believe this stamp to be genuine). Another has been certified as genuine with a trial cancel. Excluding the NYPL copy and the ex-Green stamp just noted, only eight examples of the 90c First Design are available with original gum. Of these eight, only three are sound. The example offered here, with a tiny thin spot, has one of the least noticeable faults of the remaining five original-gum stamps.
Census No. 62-OG-03. Ex "Bayou". With 1955 and 2001 P.F. certificates, the former not mentioning the tiny thin spot.
EXTREMELY FINE AND SUPERB STRIKE OF THE WATERBURY MAN WITH HAT FANCY CANCELLATION, WHICH WAS CREATED BY POSTMASTER JOHN W. HILL. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST STRIKES OF THIS RARE CANCELLATION.
This is an early state of this carving, with the shoulder segment solid rather than divided into segments.
With 2018 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BROWN YELLOW, SCOTT 67a.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT BROWN LILAC WITH A NEAT BLUE TARGET CANCEL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95.
Ex Haas, Grunin, Klein and Zoellner. With 1988, 1998 and 2017 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2018 P.S.A.G. certificate (95). By way of comparison, only two stamps in the P.S.E. Population Report exceed the 95 grade. This P.F. and P.S.A.G. example graded 95 is particularly desirable with the colored cancel
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE DIE I LARGE DIE PROOF OF THE 1863 2-CENT BLACK JACK ISSUE.
The original state of the Black Jack die, or Die I, does not show the star on Jackson's right cheek or the dots in the upper left scroll. Proofs pulled from this first die date to the issuance of the stamp in 1863. Die II proofs, showing the star on cheek and dots in upper left scroll, were pulled later, including probably at the time of the 1875 Re-Issue (which also shows Die II characteristics).
The Die I Black Jack large die proof is extremely rare in any size. There is only one recorded full-size non-hybrid example (ex Metzger and Faust). There are probably fewer than five total in existence in any size and none are die sunk.
Ex Finkelburg and Fosdyke-Ray. With 2018 A.P.S. certificate.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIRUL AND RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK PLATE PROOF ON INDIA PAPER.
Power Search lists only two others offered in our sales since 1999. With 2014 Sismondo certificate stating genuine and free of faults
FINE APPEARING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ATHERTON SHIFT -- THE MOST PRONOUNCED DOUBLE TRANSFER OF THE BLACK JACK ISSUE.
According to the Allen book, the Atherton shift got its name from Stanley Ashbrook, who first discovered it in the summer of 1923 in the collection of J. P. Atherton. Concerning this double transfer, Mr. Ashbrook wrote: "Here we have one of the most remarkable double transfers on U. S. stamps that I have ever seen. I have for years classed the One Cent 1851, Type II, 89R2, as the No. 1 among remarkable examples of this variety and in my opinion this 2c Black Jack could well rank as No. 2. Perhaps some would even rank it equal to the 1c..." He stated further that it was his opinion, supported by other authorities whom he had consulted, that the variety must surely have come from an early or first condition of one of the plates, and that later it had been burnished out and a fresh entry made. The fact that every line in the Atherton Shift "is razor sharp" led him to conclude that the plate from which it came was very new.
Ex "Lake Shore" and Bakwin. With 2002 P.F. certificate