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Sale 1209 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 22-23 October, 2019

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Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1130
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1130, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)1c Buff (112). Mint N.H, 1c Buff (112). Mint N.H1c Buff (112). Mint N.H., radiant color, Very Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

575
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1131
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1131, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)1c Buff (112). Mint N.H, 1c Buff (112). Mint N.H1c Buff (112). Mint N.H. block of four, radiant color, clear grill points, fresh and Fine, ex Bingham, Scott Retail as hinged

5,500
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1132
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1132, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)2c Brown (113). Mint N.H, 2c Brown (113). Mint N.H2c Brown (113). Mint N.H., balanced margins and choice centering, rich color on bright paper, small natural gum crease not mentioned on either accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine, a scarce Mint N.H. 2c 1869 Pictorial, with 1994 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; unpriced in SMQ as Mint N.H., SMQ as hinged $1,000.00), the more common 3c carries a nearly 3x multiple for never hinged versus hinged in 85 grade

500
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1133
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1133, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Block of twelve, bottom two rows Mint N.H., h.r. at top center where few perf separations sensibly reinforced, bright color, top left stamp small mended hole

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN IMPRESSIVE BLOCK OF TWELVE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, WITH THE BOTTOM EIGHT STAMPS IN PRISTINE MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

Any multiple larger than a block of four is rare.

Ex "European" and Eubanks. With 2004 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as two hinged blocks of four and two hinged pairs.

9,700
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1134
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1134, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Block of four, three stamps Mint N.H., top left stamp may be lightly hinged, deep rich color, fresh and Fine-Very Fine, an attractive block with at least three Mint N.H. stamps, with 1984 P.F. certificate stating "it is genuine", Scott Retail as hinged

3,750
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1135
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1135, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var), 3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var)3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var). Bottom imprint, plate no. 26 and part arrow block of twelve, all stamps are Split Grill variety, full original gum, six stamps including center four Mint N.H., bright white paper and rich color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF TWELVE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Ex Rose and Dr. Heimburger. With 1997 and 2013 P.F. certificates, the latter stating "Mint N.H." (but only six stamps are Mint N.H.) Scott Retail as plate block of ten and pair with no premium for the six Mint N.H. stamps or the split grills.

8,025
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1136
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1136, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var), 3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var)3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var). Block of 20 in 5 x 4 format, original gum, a number of stamps Mint N.H. including Positions 7-10, 11-15, 17 and 19, small h.r. on positions 3 and 18, Positions 14-15 and 19-20 (the lower right block of four) are the Split Grill variety, well-centered with the upper right and lower right quadrants particularly choice, bright and fresh in every respect

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS AND FOUR SHOWING SPLIT GRILLS.

With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as blocks and pairs without premium for the Mint N.H. stamps

6,850
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1137
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1137, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Block of twelve with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint selvage at top, original gum, few h.r., few stamps Mint N.H., bright color, perf flaws at right, light diagonal crease in selvage only at upper left, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, ex Frelinghuysen, Scott Retail as two blocks of four and two pairs

3,550
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1138
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1138, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var), 3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var)3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var). Block of four with top selvage, top stamps show part grill at bottom, bottom stamps show part grill at top and bottom, original gum, rich color, Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as normal block

1,250
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1139
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1139, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)6c Ultramarine (115), 6c Ultramarine (115)6c Ultramarine (115). Original gum, lightly hinged, well-balanced margins, bright and fresh

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 2015 P.F. certificate for a pair (the other stamp in the pair is offered in the following lot)

2,500
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1140
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1140, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)6c Ultramarine (115), 6c Ultramarine (115)6c Ultramarine (115). Original gum, lightly hinged, attractive margins and centering on fresh paper

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With copy of 2015 P.F. certificate for a pair (the other stamp in the pair is offered in the previous lot)

2,500
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1141
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1141, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Block of nine with full "National Bank Note Co. New York" imprint bottom selvage, original gum which is naturally short on bottom three stamps, bright shade, some expertly reinforced perf separations

VERY GOOD. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ESPECIALLY SCARCE WITH THE IMPRINT SELVAGE. THIS IS THE SECOND-LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLE AND THE ONLY RECORDED IMPRINT BLOCK.

The Rose book notes only six unused blocks larger than four stamps, including off-center blocks of twelve and nine and three blocks of six. We sold another block of nine in our 2013 Rarities sale that is not listed in Rose. All but one of the blocks of six or larger are off center to varying degrees. The block offered here is the only one showing any part of the imprint (there are no blocks showing a plate number).

Scott Retail as a block of four, two pairs and a single

23,850
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1142
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1142, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Two vertical pairs rejoined into a block of four, slightly disturbed original gum, h.r., rich color, bottom right stamp faint diagonal crease, Fine appearance, a scarce multiple, Scott Retail as two pairs

8,000
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1143
 
Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1143, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Wide margins and choice centering, rich colors, light cork cancel leaves vignette completely unobscured, most recent certificate notes a faint corner crease at top left, which is barely evident when drying, Extremely Fine appearance, with clear 1999 and 2002 P.F. certificates, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate noting the faint crease

800
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1144
 
Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1144, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Wide margins and choice centering, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, neat strike of target cancel at bottom leaves entire design clearly visible, Extremely Fine, ex "Natalee Grace", with 2002 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates -- the 2012 certificate at one time stated "XF 90", but the certificate was replaced with one without the grade, probably because giving this magnificent stamp a 90 grade is like giving Sofia Vergara a 7

190
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1145
 
Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1145, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b). Particularly rich frame and vignette colors, Small Star fancy cancel leaves inverted design clearly visible, light horizontal creases

FINE APPEARANCE. A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE STAR FANCY CANCEL.

Our census of Scott 119b, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/119b , records three unused and 100 used copies (there are an additional three used examples of Scott 119c). Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at the British Library and the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library.

Census No. 119b-CAN-42. With 1973 and 2010 P.F. certificates

22,500
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1146
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1146, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Block of four, deep rich colors on bright paper, cork cancels, centered to right, few expertly rejoined perf separations

FINE. A RARE SOUND USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ONLY SIX USED BLOCKS ARE RECORDED.

The six recorded used blocks of the 24c 1869, excluding the unique Invert block, are listed here (identified by last known pedigree): 1) ex Rose, VF centering, fancy circle of V's cancel neatly struck on each stamp, minor wrinkling causing light creasing, top right stamp small margin tear, offered in Siegel Sale 794; 2) ex Bechtel and Dr. Heimburger (Siegel Sale 1054, lot 444), EF centering, circular cork cancels over each vignette; 3) ex Ishikawa, Eubanks and Curtis (Siegel Sale 1084, lot 3339), VF centering, circle of wedges cancel, left stamps few small tears; 4) ex Anderson, Fine centering to top right, circle of wedges cancel; 5) ex Klein, Fine centering to left, quartered cork cancels, light corner crease at bottom right and several rejoined perfs; and 6) ex Lopez and our 1965, 1992 and 2001 Rarities sales, perfs cutting in at right, cork cancels, the block offered here.

Ex Lopez and Price. With 1990 P.F. certificate

20,000
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1147
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Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1147, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Double Paper, Without Grill (121 var), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Double Paper, Without Grill (121 var)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Double Paper, Without Grill (121 var). Top sheet-margin block of eight with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint in Ultramarine, deep rich colors characteristic of this printing without grill on double paper (which is evident along the top edge of sheet selvage), unused (no gum), neat hinge reinforcements, natural pre-printing paper creases visible when held to light, centered to top right

ONE OF TWO RECORDED TOP SHEET-MARGIN BLOCKS OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WITHOUT GRILL ON DOUBLE PAPER (SCOTT 121 VARIETY), PRINTED FROM A FLAGS PLATE (ULTRAMARINE COLOR) THAT WAS MISSING THE PLATE NUMBER "21" AT TOP.

The 30c 1869 Pictorial Issue was printed from separate plates: the Eagle and Shield plate with imprint at bottom (in Carmine), and the Draped Flags plate with imprint at top (in Ultramarine). The 30c 1869 Double Paper/Without Grill variety exists in top and bottom imprint multiples, which show that the Flags plate did not have a plate number at one point (as evident in this block); however, plate proofs exist with the "No. 21" present, so it is possible that issued stamps exist with the plate number at top in Ultramarine. No top-margin examples of the normal 30c 1869 are known, with or without imprint or plate number. Therefore, it is impossible to say with certainty that the regular 30c stamps were printed from a Flags plate with plate numbers or without.

This block, three other sheet-margin blocks and a number of singles and interior blocks originate from a large multiple spanning the right and left panes, which is printed on experimental double paper without grill. The 30c 1869 Without Grill/Double Paper block was described by John N. Luff in his book, but over the years, stamps from this multiple have been offered and certified as the Scott 121a on ordinary single-layer paper (without grill). The ex-Zoellner left-pane plate number block of six was originally joined with the ex-Ishikawa block of fifteen from the adjacent right pane. They are both the Without Grill/Double Paper variety. Those two bottom sheet-margin multiples and the Scott 121 multiple in Sale 1118 lot 98 are the only extant 30c 1869 Pictorial blocks, other than proof impressions, that show the imprint and plate number 21. The two top sheet-margin multiples, including the block offered here, come from the same Without Grill/Double Paper sheet (left and right panes), proving that this experimental printing was made from a Flags plate lacking the plate number. See Chronicle 217 for an article by Scott R. Trepel on this subject.

With 2003 P.F. certificate identifying this as "Scott 121E, Essay on Double Paper" before there was a Scott listing for this variety (now listed under Scott 121). Ex Walske, "Lake Shore" and Price. Scott Retail for eight original gum singles $56,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
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1148
 
Sale Number 1209, Lot Number 1148, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, rich colors and crisp impressions, virtually face-free strike of cork cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM APPEARANCE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

A missing 1997 P.F. certificate stated "small corner creases" and their 2019 update maintained part of this opinion, stating a single "faint corner crease at top left". If the faint crease is there it is all but undetectable and is not noted on the 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $29,000.00).

1,800
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