EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS ASTONISHING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE HAS ACHIEVED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO FROM P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY NO OTHERS.
The 3c 1869 Pictorial represents a radical departure from the portraiture of all previous issues. The theme of improved postal communications was chosen for this value as well as the 2c (postal carrier on horseback) and the 12c (S.S. Adriatic, for transatlantic mail). The 3c locomotive train was possibly intended to celebrate the imminent completion of the transcontinental railroad.
With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $5,750.00 for 98). This stamp stands alone as the highest graded Scott 114 in any condition (Mint N.H., hinged or used). None of the other values of the 1869 series boast a stamp graded above 95J in Mint N.H. condition
EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH A SPLIT GRILL -- GRADED XF-SUPERB 95.
With 2005 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95). With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00 for normal, split grill not separately priced). Only three stamps grade higher in either the P.S.E.'s Population Report. We doubt if any of these are the split grill variety. Scott Retail as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.
Ex Floyd. With 2001 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). By way of comparison, only two three graded higher in the P.S.E.'s Population Report. Scott Retail as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. A SUPERB STAMP THAT MUST SURELY RANK AMONG THE FINEST EXTANT.
Ex "Scarsdale". With 2004 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only four have graded higher.
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND MINT NEVER-HINGED SINGLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS. A PHENOMENAL RARITY OF THE ISSUE.
Large multiples of this issue do exist, and we have surveyed or sold most of them. Several contain Mint N.H. examples, but they are invariably off-center. Most of the blocks containing Mint N.H. stamps are significantly off-center, with perfs at least touching or well into the designs. The one exception is a left selvage block of 20 which contains eight Mint N.H. stamps, last offered in our 2018 sale of the Wingate collection. This is unlikely to be broken as it usually forms the linchpin of a great 1869 Pictorial or classic block collection, and is in such a collection today.
With 2019 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged does not remotely reflect the rarity of this item.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE RED LEAF CANCEL OF NEW YORK CITY. A WONDERFUL STAMP IN TERMS OF CENTERING, COLOR, OVERALL FRESHNESS AND CANCELLATION.
Ex Eubanks. Small purple backstamp. With 1978 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3.700.00). Only three grade higher (at 95J)
VERY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 2019 P.F. certificate (VF 80)
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 states "small corner creases" but we do not see any, nor are they noted on 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $29,000.00).
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 2002 P.F. certificate