Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30 June-1 July, 2020
Category — 1851-56 Issue
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE, CONTAINING POSITION 7R1E, WHICH IS THE ONLY TYPE I POSITION, AND POSITION 8R1E, WHICH IS ONE OF THE TWO BEST EXAMPLES OF TYPE Ib ON THIS PLATE.
The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal (available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/5 ) contains at least 98 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills.
According to the Wagshal census, the following used multiples containing Position 7R1E (Scott 5) are recorded: 7R1E as part of a used pair (on or off cover) -- 9; and 7R1E as part of a used strip of three -- 12. Multiples are declining in number as they are cut apart for singles.
Wagshal census no. 5-MUL-59. With 1965 P.F. and 1997 and 2003 P.S.E. certificates. Scott value as combination pair is $110,000.00
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF POSITION 6R1E, ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE Ib EXAMPLES, SHOWING THE COMPLETE DESIGN AT TOP AND NEARLY COMPLETE DESIGN AT BOTTOM.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp from Plate 1 Early. Six positions on Plate 1E furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom erased than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. ONE OF THE TWO MOST DISTINCT EXAMPLES OF THE RARE TYPE Ib FROM PLATE 1 EARLY. AN EXTREMELY RARE EARLY USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON A PRINTED CIRCULAR FROM IOWA.
With 1979 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE Ia ON A FRESH AND BEAUTIFUL COVER.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Types Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
With 2019 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE, LONG AFTER DEMONETIZATION, IS PROBABLY UNIQUE.
The unearthing and use of obsolete United States stamps in the Confederate States was not unheard of, but this appears to be an extreme example of antebellum stamps accepted not only for Confederate postage, but also for the old pre-war 3c rate.
Ex Bailar. With 1992 and 2015 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. This stamp is notable for its wide breaks at both top and bottom.
With 2020 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $4,750.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 3-CENT DULL RED TYPE II, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 2020 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $4,250.00). Only two Scott 11As grade higher and only two others share this lofty grade. Scott value as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE III IMPERFORATE WITH JUMBO MARGINS. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE AND IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
The majority of sound unused examples of any of the 10c 1855 types are without gum, and many of the original-gum singles have faults. The Type III imperforate, Scott 15 (B relief), should be approximately as scarce in superb original-gum condition as the Type II, Scott 14 (A relief), as only slightly fewer Plate 1 positions are Type III vs. Type II (and Scott value is the same). However, the graded populations do not bear this out, as this stamp is the only XF-Superb 95J graded stamp in either the P.F. database or P.S.E.'s Population Report, with none higher. A total of two Type II Scott 14 stamps are graded 95 by the P.F. (with none higher), while four Type IIs are graded 95 or 98 by P.S.E. No other 10c Type IIIs match this stamp's grade.
With 2020 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo).
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE COVER FROM NEW MEXICO TERRITORY TO GERMANY BY PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL.
This is an extremely rare 10c 1855 Issue cover from New Mexico Territory to an overseas destination -- it is probably the only one to Germany and the only one from Taos. Based on the New York British Packet November 17 datestamp, this was probably carried on the Cunarder Canada from Boston, departing November 18, 1857, and arriving at Liverpool November 29, which fits with the Aachen December 1 datestamp. The sender, although not indicated, was probably Solomon Beuthner, a German Jewish immigrant who established a well-known mercantile business in Taos in the 1850s (see lot 117). The mail from Taos was taken to Independence, Missouri, on the Hall-Hockaday stagecoach line, which added a mid-month departure starting in July 1857.