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Sale 1205 — 2019 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

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Category — Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2141°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2141, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a), 1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a)1c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R2a). Vertical pair, large margins to clear at top left, rich color, April 1864 manuscript cancels, Very Fine and extremely rare sound vertical pair of the 1c Playing Cards Imperforate, aside from a reconstructed block of four offered in our 2014 Curtis sale, a pair is the largest recorded multiple, two horizontal pairs and five vertical pairs are recorded, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate

8,500
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2142°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2142, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4a), 1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4a)1c Telegraph, Imperforate (R4a). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins all around, deep rich color, neat 1863 manuscript cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb pair of the 1c Telegraph Imperforate, also the second largest recorded multiple after a horizontal strip of four, with 2002 P.F. certificate

2,000
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2143°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2143, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary3c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R17a), 3c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R17a)3c Playing Cards, Imperforate (R17a). Large margins to full at left, deep rich color and clear impression, lightened manuscript cancel (appears unused)

VERY FINE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT IMPERFORATE PLAYING CARDS ISSUE. ONE OF THE RAREST FIRST ISSUE REVENUE STAMPS.

This issue is exceedingly difficult to find in sound condition. While the cancel has been lightened, this stamp has none of the faults that plague the majority of recorded examples.

With 1978 (as a vertical pair, this the top stamp) and 2015 P.F. certificates

40,000
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2144°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2144, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$1.30 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R77a), $1.30 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R77a)$1.30 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R77a). Large to full margins, deep rich color, two strikes of "D.S. & Co. Apr. 21, 1863" handstamp cancels

VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.30 FOREIGN EXCHANGE IMPERFORATE WITH A HANDSTAMPED CANCEL.

Only 3,878 were issued imperforate (44 sheets with 82 stamps returned for perforating). No multiples are known for this issue.

Ex Zoellner and Curtis. With 2015 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail without premium for the handstamped cancel

11,000
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2145
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2145, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$1.30 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R77a), $1.30 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R77a)$1.30 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R77a). Large even margins all around, radiant color, neat June 26, 1863 manuscript cancel, two tiny pin holes

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE $1.30 FOREIGN EXCHANGE IMPERFORATE FIRST ISSUE REVENUE.

Only 3,878 were issued imperforate (44 sheets with 82 stamps returned for perforating). No multiples are known for this issue.

With 2019 P.F. certificate

11,000
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2146°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2146, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$1.90 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R80a), $1.90 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R80a)$1.90 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R80a). Cut close all around, cancelled by perfect strike of "Bank of Commerce In N.Y., 12/15 1863" with month and day in manuscript, on bank draft for £3,000 sterling, the draft with some flaws

A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE $1.90 FOREIGN EXCHANGE ON A BANK DRAFT AND USED AS INTENDED.

Ex Curtis. With 1981 and 2011 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as cancelled without premium for the use on the document

12,500
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2147°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2147, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$3.00 Charter Party, Perforated, Printed on Both Sides (R85ce), $3.00 Charter Party, Perforated, Printed on Both Sides (R85ce)$3.00 Charter Party, Perforated, Printed on Both Sides (R85ce). Attractive shade, neat April 15, 1867 manuscript cancel, back of stamp with clear impression of the same design, tiny pinhole at center

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE $3.00 CHARTER PARTY PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES -- WITH THE SAME DESIGN ON BOTH FRONT AND BACK. A GREAT RARITY OF REVENUE COLLECTING.

The $3.00 Charter Party is also known with the A. D. & B. Sands' Elixir of Opium (RS208) design printed on back (see next lot), of which two are known. The example offered here is equally rare.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate

7,000
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2148
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2148, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$3.00 Charter Party, Perforated, Impression of No. RS208 on Back (R85cg), $3.00 Charter Party, Perforated, Impression of No. RS208 on Back (R85cg)$3.00 Charter Party, Perforated, Impression of No. RS208 on Back (R85cg). Face of stamp has rich color and August 19, 1865 manuscript cancel, back of stamp shows two part impressions of A. B. & D. Sands' Dr. McMunn's Elixir of Opium patent medicine stamp (RS208), diagonal crease at bottom right, small surface scuff at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE FINER OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE $3.00 CHARTER PARTY FIRST ISSUE REVENUE PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES, WITH THE DR. McMINN'S ELIXIR OF OPIUM PRIVATE DIE PROPRIETARY ISSUE ON THE REVERSE SIDE. ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE OF ALL PHILATELIC RARITIES.

This $3.00 Charter Party stamp comes from a sheet that apparently had an unsatisfactory impression of the Sands' private die proprietary stamp (RS208) on one side. It was put on the press a second time in order to produce the $3.00 Charter Party. The fact that both impressions are in the identical green color offers some intriguing possibilities for how the printers worked with plates and inks. Were press runs grouped by color, in order to use up a batch of ink? Were two or more presses operating simultaneously with the different plates? This unique artifact of Butler & Carpenter's revenue stamp production is physical evidence that the printers were pressed for time and resources during the rush to produce huge quantities of Civil War tax stamps in 1862.

According to the Boston Revenue book, the $3.00 Charter Party first went to press on Dec. 1, 1862, and the first delivery was made on Dec. 9. The Sand's private die was approved on Dec. 26, 1862, and the first issue was in Jan. 1863. During the month of Dec. 1862, many of the different green stamps printed by Butler & Carpenter were on the press. This $3.00 Charter Party stamp was evidently made from a sheet of paper with a poor impression of the Sands plate. The relative orientation of the impressions reflects the different plate layouts and dimensions for the two stamps: the Sands plate of 69 subjects and the $3.00 Charter Party plate of 72 subjects.

Dr. McMunn's Elixir of Opium was first formulated in the mid-1830s by Dr. John B. McMunn. The product became a big hit in the United States once the A. B. & D. Sands drug company bought the recipe in 1841. Soon after, advertisements for the product flooded newspapers and medical journals, many guaranteeing that McMunn's was not habit-forming. Yet, bottles of the narcotic-laced formula were labeled as the "Pure and Essential Extract of the Native Drug", and the preparation was said to be "Greatly Superior to Morphine." Touted as a cure for a host of ailments, including the relief of "convulsions and spasmodic action," as well as "pain and irritation, nervous excitement and morbid irritability of body and mind," McMunn's potent remedy was among the countless pharmaceutical preparations containing opiates and widely available to the 19th-century consumer." (source: http://odysseysvirtualmuseum.com/products/Dr.-McMunn%27s-Elixir-Of-Opium-Bottle.html).

Ex Cunliffe. With 2008 P.F. certificate

17,000
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2149°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2149, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$3.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R87a), $3.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R87a)$3.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R87a). Huge margins all around with portion of adjoining stamp at top, deep rich color, neat May 20, 1864 manuscript cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE $3.50 INLAND EXCHANGE. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT FIRST ISSUE REVENUE STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN SUCH OUTSTANDING CONDITION.

With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; revenues unpriced in SMQ). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by no others

10,000
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2150
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2150, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$3.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R87a), $3.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R87a)$3.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R87a). Large margins all around, deep rich color, unobtrusive Nov. 16, 1864 manuscript cancel, tiny barely detectible thin spot at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE $3.50 INLAND EXCHANGE.

Only 1,430 were issued imperforate.

With 2019 P.F. certificate

10,000
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2151°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2151, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$10.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R96a), $10.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R96a)$10.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R96a). Large margins all around, rich color, neat manuscript cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE $10.00 PROBATE OF WILL FIRST ISSUE REVENUE. RARE IN THIS OUTSTANDING CONDITION.

Evidence points to an imperforate supply of 856, as 792 others (11 sheets) were returned for perforating.

Ex Buford and Kingsley. With 2017 P.F. certificate

4,000
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2152°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2152, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$15.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R97a), $15.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R97a)$15.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R97a). Large even margins all around, deep rich color, light manuscript cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB SOUND LARGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE $15.00 MORTGAGE IMPERFORATE.

With 1989 and 2003 P.F. certificates

4,000
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2153°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2153, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$200.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R102a), $200.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R102a)$200.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R102a). Large to massive margins including sheet margins at top and left, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, neat December 8, 1864 manuscript cancels, completely sound

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE $200.00 U.S.I.R. FIRST ISSUE REVENUE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. A HUGE AND STUNNING STAMP.

With 1980 and 2003 P.F. certificates

2,250
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2154°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2154, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$200.00 Red, Blue & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug" (R132), $200.00 Red, Blue & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug" (R132)$200.00 Red, Blue & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug" (R132). Bright colors, bold blue "Wilkes Barre Coal & Iron Co. N.Y. Apr. 11, 1872" double-oval datestamp and manuscript cancel, completely sound

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL STAMPS IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE BLUE HANDSTAMP CANCEL.

Both the Small and Large "Persian Rug" stamps were printed in sheets of one. Because of their size, the large number of perforations on each stamp, and the fact that they were used on documents which were frequently folded across the stamps, sound examples of the multicolored "Persian Rug" issues are extremely rare.

Only 446 of the small "Persian Rug" were issued. We have offered only three others with handstamp cancels in our sales since 1993 and our Rarities of the World sales since 1964, including two others with Wilkes Barre double ovals.

With 1980 and 2003 P.F. certificates

8,500
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2155°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2155, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133), $500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133)$500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133). Unusually choice centering with balanced margins, rich colors, neat "SIA & RNB, PPH, 15/6/72" manuscript cancel, few faults including creases, small tear at left and pinhole

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE CELEBRATED $500.00 "LARGE PERSIAN RUG". ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL AND ELABORATELY ENGRAVED STAMPS IN ALL OF PHILATELY.

Only 210 were issued, and it is safe to say that most examples are faulty to some degree. A document exists from July 24, 1874, detailing the purchaser of each. The Kingsley census records 76 copies, and our expanded census, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/R133 contains 87.

Kingsley Census No. 15-1. With 2004 A.P.S. certificate. Scott Retail is for a "very fine appearing example with a light circular cut cancel or with minor flaws"

16,500
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2156
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2156, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$1.00 Green & Black, Third Issue, Center Inverted (R144a), $1.00 Green & Black, Third Issue, Center Inverted (R144a)$1.00 Green & Black, Third Issue, Center Inverted (R144a). Deep rich colors, neat manuscript cancel, horizontal crease at top which is unobtrusive

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 THIRD ISSUE REVENUE WITH INVERTED CENTER. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST RECORDED EXAMPLES. ONE OF THE GREAT REVENUE RARITIES.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records a total of 26 copies (one is known outside the census). Of these, five are on one document and one is on another, leaving 20 copies not on documents. Of these, virtually all have faults and most have poor centering. The example offered here is better centered than most.

Ex Joyce and Inman. With 1992 P.S.E. certificate

12,500
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2157°
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2157, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary$2.50 Claret & Black, Third Issue, Center Inverted (R146a), $2.50 Claret & Black, Third Issue, Center Inverted (R146a)$2.50 Claret & Black, Third Issue, Center Inverted (R146a). Rich colors, choice centering, neat March 11, 1872 manuscript cancel, long and full perforations all around, light horizontal crease

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY FOURTEEN EXAMPES OF THE $2.50 THIRD ISSUE REVENUE INVERT ARE RECORDED, MAKING THIS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL REVENUE INVERTS. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records only fourteen copies of this invert rarity. Two are repaired, one has perfs trimmed away and most of the rest have faults to varying degrees.

Ex "Isleham" (Peyton) and Inman. With 2018 P.S.E. certificate

22,500
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2158
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2158, Revenues, First thru Third Issue, Proprietary1c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Inverted Center (RB1ad), 1c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Inverted Center (RB1ad)1c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Inverted Center (RB1ad). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, bold cancel, completely sound

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PROPRIETARY INVERT ON VIOLET PAPER. ONLY 24 EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED, MOST OF WHICH ARE FAULTY.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records 23 examples of this invert error, most of which have thins or creases, or are off center. We offered one additional copy in our 2006 Tolman sale, bringing the total to 24. Of these, sixteen have faults, leaving only eight sound or potentially sound copies. Almost all of the potentially sound copies have centering similar to the example offered here.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (F 70; unpriced in SMQ)

5,250
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