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Sale 1199 — Gem-Quality United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 1-2 May, 2019

Category — 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1054
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1054, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, C Relief, choice centering with wide margins, deep rich color, bold strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE I. A RARE STAMP IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

The defining characteristic of Type I is that the entire design is printed, including the scrolls and plumes at bottom. Among the plates used to print imperforate stamps, only one position out of 1,000 can claim that honor (Position 7R1E, Scott No. 5). Type I perforated stamps are only known from certain positions on Plate 12. Due to the narrow spacing between perforations and difficulties of production, this issue is usually found with part of the design cut off by the perforations. The example offered here, with rich color, a clear cancel and with the design characteristics clearly visible, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Merlin. With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and seven others share it.

500
3,750
1055
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1055, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, C Relief, deep rich color with strong characteristic plate mottling, barely cancelled, Extremely Fine, Type I perforated stamps are only known from certain positions on Plate 12, and due to the narrow spacing between perforations and difficulties of production, this issue is usually found with part of the design cut off by the perforations -- the stamp offered here is superb and lightly cancelled -- with 1989 and 2003 P.F. certificates

500
850
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1056
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1056, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 92L4, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, clearly showing the type characteristics, neat strike of circular datestamp at right

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia PERFORATED. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- APART FROM THE FAMOUS WIDE-SPACED EXAMPLE, THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Type Ia stamps were produced from 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. After perforations were introduced in mid-1857, sheets on hand printed from Plates 1 Late and 2 were fed through the new perforating machine, but the narrow spaces between stamps made perforating difficult to accomplish without cutting into the designs. Plate 4 was produced in early 1857 when the introduction of perforations was anticipated; thus, it was entered from a new six-relief transfer roll, and the spaces between stamps were enlarged to allow for perforations. Some Plate 4 sheets were issued in imperforate form (April to June 1857), while the greater portion was issued perforated beginning in July 1857, along with perforated sheets from Plates 1L and 2.

Plate 4's most distinctive feature is that the top row (Positions 1-10L and 1-10R) was entered with the designs complete at top (Type II) and the bottom row (Positions 91-100L and 91-100R) was entered with designs complete or nearly complete at bottom (Types Ia and Ic). Although the plate layout provided sufficient space for perforations, the height of the top-row and bottom-row designs was larger than others in the sheet, which resulted in perforations cutting into either the top or bottom rows, depending on which direction the sheet was fed into the perforator. Type Ia and Ic stamps from the bottom row are almost always cut into at bottom, an unfortunate situation for collectors because the bottom part of the design is what makes Type Ia and Ic stamps desirable.

The example offered here, with perforations completely clear of the design and showing the full type characteristics at bottom, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Bowman. With 1990 and 1999 P.F. certificates, the former as on cover with two Scott 24 (cover with other stamps accompanies). With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $92,500.00). Only one has graded higher (the wide-setting copy, ex Eno, Zoellner, Hinrichs and "Tahoe", graded 98J) and one other shares this desirable grade.

9,000
45,000
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1057
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1057, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, beautifully balanced margins, intense shade and proof-like impression on fresh paper, nicely complemented by red New York City "U.S. Mail" carrier datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CARRIER DATESTAMP.

Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on a portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the type characteristics are clearly visible.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,750.00). None have graded higher.

1,690
7,500
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1058
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1058, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, wide margins to clear of design except barely touching plume at upper left, rich color, light face-free cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE LIGHTLY CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE III, CLEARLY SHOWING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.

Due to narrow spacing on the plate, examples of this type often have the perforations cutting into the outer lines at either top or bottom or both. The example offered here clearly presents the characteristics of the type, with broken lines at both top and bottom.

With 1998 and 2003 P.F. certificates

1,600
1,900
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1059
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1059, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 11, brilliant color and paper, gorgeous centering with well-proportioned margins, light cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Plates 11 and 12 were probably made in June 1860, with less than six months left in Toppan, Carpenter's contract. The earliest known use from either plate is January 1861, a relatively short time before the stamps were demonetized. As illustrations of stamps from Plates 11 and 12 in the Neinken book show, the centering and impressions of stamps from these plates were rather poor ("Poor perforating was the rule rather than the exception" -- Neinken book, p. 473). The stamp offered here, with bright color, balanced margins and a light cancel, is truly remarkable.

Ex Merlin. With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,550.00). Only two have graded higher (both 95J).

475
3,250
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1060
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1060, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 4, wide break at top, rich color, attractive margins and centering, neat circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine, with 1999 and 2002 P.F. certificates

450
425
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1061
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1061, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (23)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23). Recut once at top and twice at bottom, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with well-proportioned margins which clearly show the characteristics of the type, neat strike of Syracuse N.Y. circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IV. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Most examples of this issue have perforations either touching or into the recut lines. The example offered here, with intact recut lines at top and bottom, is exceedingly rare. It also has uncharacteristically deep color and detailed impression for a Plate 1 Late printing.

Ex "Natalee Grace" and Curtis. With 1997 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $3,150.00). Only four have graded higher (all at 95).

900
2,000
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1062
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1062, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (23)1c Blue, Ty. IV (23). Recut once at top and bottom, rich color, well-centered for this difficult issue with recuts and design elements fully visible, face-free strike of town datestamp, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, scarce this well-centered and in such fresh condition, with 2000 P.F. certificate

900
950
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1063
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1063, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, rich color nicely complemented by blue segmented grid of squares cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a very unusual cancel on a superb stamp, with 2001 P.F. certificate

40
500
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1064
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1064, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. Va (24 var), 1c Blue, Ty. Va (24 var)1c Blue, Ty. Va (24 var). Position 16R5, essentially perfect centering with choice balanced margins, unusually bright shade, town cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this better type which comes only from Plate 5, on most Type V stamps there are very noticeable scratch marks in the margins at the right, which were present on the transfer roll, however, the first transfer roll had the design more complete at sides and did not have the scratches at sides, Brookman notes that "While I can give no estimate of the number of stamps printed from this plate I believe it was not many because of the scarcity of Type Va stamps.", ex Kirke, with 2005 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in SMQ as Ty. Va, SMQ $825.00 as normal and much more common Ty. V)

300
475
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1065
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1065, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)3c Claret, Ty. II (25A), 3c Claret, Ty. II (25A)3c Claret, Ty. II (25A). Lovely bright color, well-balanced margins, cancelled by bold Wilbraham Mass. circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A SCARCE SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THIS BETTER TYPE, WHICH HAS RECUT INNER LINES.

Ex Kirke and Curtis. With 2010 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded. Six others share this grade, but we have never offered any of them. Accompanied by piece from which this originated.

850
5,750
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1066
og
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1066, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Vertical pair with nearly complete imprint and "No. 24P." plate number in selvage at right, original gum, rich color, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate for the full imprint strip

E. 200-300
500
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1067
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1067, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Choice centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, beautiful brilliant color on bright paper, neat strike of circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp in every respect, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $800.00), only two have graded higher (at 98J)

10
750
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1068
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1068, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins for this difficult issue, radiant color, neat strike of grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $800.00), only two have graded higher (both 98J)

10
475
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1069
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1069, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. III (26). Deep rich color, outstanding centering and margins for this tightly spaced issue, light face-free strike of circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1997, 2004 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $290.00)

10
350
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1070
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1070, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Choice centering, bright shade, clear strike of Star of David fancy cancel of Chicopee Mass., Extremely Fine stamp with a beautiful fancy cancel, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
300
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1071
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1071, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Horizontal pair from the top row of the plate, rich color, choice centering with immense margins, bold red grid of squares cancel, Extremely Fine Gem pair, with 2002 P.F. certificate

28
750
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1072
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1072, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A)3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A). Mathematically perfect centering with unusually wide margins, deep rich color on bright paper, clear strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE IV IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

The ready availability of 3c 1851-57 stamps gives collectors the false impression that superb examples, even of a better type, are easily obtainable. Yet with grading well into its 14th year, this is the sole example of a 3c Type IV stamp to achieve this Gem 100 grade.

With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $9,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it. No others are even close -- the next highest grade is a 98 (one copy) followed by two at 95J.

140
5,500
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1073
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1073, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A)3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A). Outstanding centering and margins, clearly showing the discontinuance of the frame lines at top and bottom -- the top margin is wide enough to show the re-continuance of the frameline in the stamp above at right, gorgeous rich color, circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2003 and 2007 P.F. certificates, with 2002 and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,475.00), only four examples grade higher

140
900
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