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Sale 1219 — The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 April, 2020

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Category — 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
179
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 179, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Radiant color nicely complemented by blue Baltimore Md. circular datestamp, outstanding centering with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF STAMP IN TERMS OF COLOR, CENTERING, PERFORATIONS AND CANCELLATION. THIS STAMP, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E., IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

Due to narrow spacing on the 5c plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with its choice centering, fresh color and neat blue Baltimore cancel is a condition rarity.

Ex Mayer and "Scarsdale". With 1996, 2003 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a Scott 67 in any condition category, and it is shared by only four others.

780
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180
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 180, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Perfectly centered, bright pastel shade, neat strike of circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1861 5-CENT BROWN YELLOW IN EXISTENCE. A REMARKABLE STAMP AND TRULY RARE IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION.

Due to narrow spacing on the 5c plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The town datestamp on this 5c Brown Yellow is also very unusual -- most examples come with cancellations from the larger post offices (Boston, New York, etc.).

With 2014 P.F. certificate

1,100
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181
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 181, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)5c Olive Yellow (67b), 5c Olive Yellow (67b)5c Olive Yellow (67b). Brilliant color that is distinctly different from the other two Scott-listed shades for No. 67, bold strike of 7-bar grid cancel, trace of additional red cancel at top, well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 IN THE DISTINCTIVE OLIVE YELLOW SHADE. THIS IS THE SCARCEST SHADE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE, AND IT IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.

We have offered fewer than 20 unduplicated examples of the Olive Yellow shade in any condition since keeping computerized records. Of these two were unused. It is very difficult to find in sound and centered condition.

Ex Saadi. With 1983, 1989 and 2014 P.F. certificates

4,750
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182
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 182, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)10c Green (68), 10c Green (68)10c Green (68). Mathematically perfect centering with Jumbo margins, bright color and crisp impression, neat strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS PHENOMENAL 10-CENT 1861 STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY PERFORATED STAMP PRIOR TO THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE TO ACHIEVE THIS PERFECT GRADE. A TRULY REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

The 10c is the only denomination of the 1861-66 Issue that was actually issued in two types. Type I, Scott 62B, was printed from Plate 4. Type II stamps -- Scott 68 and its grilled counterparts -- were printed from Plates 15 and 26. It has been surmised that Type I was pressed into service to help fill strong demand for 10c stamps after demonetization of the earlier issue. The 10c stamps paid the transcontinental rate, the ship-letter rate and certain rates to foreign countries.

Despite the high production numbers this is a difficult denomination to obtain in superb quality. Of the 175 used copies sent to P.S.E. for grading, only six grade higher than 95 (including the stamp offered here). Another denomination produced in much greater quantity, the 3c, has failed to achieve the 100J grade despite almost 500 submissions.

Ex "Natalee Grace". With 1997 and 2019 P.F. certificates. With 2009 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; SMQ $8,000.00 as 100, unpriced in the 100J grade). This is the earliest perforated U.S. stamp to achieve this highest of grades -- the next stamp to be graded 100J is the 12c 1869 Pictorial (one copy, used)

55
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183
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 183, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)10c Green (68), 10c Green (68)10c Green (68). Wide margins and choice centering, deep rich color, light but identifiable strike of red "Supplementary Mail" Type A cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2000 (for a pair) and 2012 P.F. certificates

90
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184
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 184, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)10c Dark Green (68a), 10c Dark Green (68a)10c Dark Green (68a). Deep rich color and proof-like impression, gorgeous centering with balanced Jumbo margins, unobtrusive cork cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb used example of this distinct shade, which is closer in color to the First Design, Scott 62B, ex Hinrichs and "Natalee Grace", with 1987, 2004 and 2012 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95 XQ), the "XQ" denotes extraordinary quality

85
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185
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 185, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Intense shade and impression, gorgeous centering, light strike of violet grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, rare with the violet cancel, ex Saadi, with 1991 and 2014 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95), Scott Retail as purple cancel

205
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186
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 186, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Essentially perfect centering with balanced margins, bold magenta cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb 12c 1861 with a desirable colored cancel, with 2017 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

195
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187
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 187, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Well-balanced margins, bold strike of circle of 12 wedges cancel and part of red circular datestamp at lower right, Extremely Fine, ex Saadi, with 1992 and 2014 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

135
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188
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 188, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Near perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression beautifully complemented by blue "Chicago Ills. Oct. 15" double-circle datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT RED LILAC ISSUE IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

Ex "Natalee Grace" and "Clipper City". With 1997 and 2017 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a Scott 70

325
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189
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 189, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Rich color on bright paper, exceptional centering, beautiful strike of red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT RED LILAC ISSUE CANCELLED IN RED, AND GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded.

340
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190
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 190, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Essentially perfect centering with wide margins all around, lovely crisp shade and fine impression, sharp strike of handsome blue target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT BROWN LILAC WITH A VIVID BLUE TARGET CANCEL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95.

Ex Haas, Grunin, Klein and Zoellner. With 1988, 1998 and 2017 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2018 P.S.A.G. certificate (95 used). By way of comparison, only two stamps in the P.S.E. Population Report exceed the 95 grade. This P.F. and P.S.A.G. example graded 95 is particularly desirable with the colored cancel

345
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191
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 191, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Radiant color and crisp impression, neat strike of target cancel and red circular datestamp at lower left, superior centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT BROWN LILAC, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Ex "Golden Oak". With 1994 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only two grade higher (at 95J and 98, offered in our Kirke and Merlin sales) and only six others share this grade.

365
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192
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 192, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Essentially perfect centering, beautiful color in the true Steel Blue shade, well-struck large Boston "Paid" grid cancel and also red "1d" British colonial credit marking at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT STEEL BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. A STAMP WITH WONDERFUL EYE APPEAL.

The Steel Blue is the most distinctive of all the 24c shades. Unlike some of the others, it is rarely mistaken or misidentified, and as such has always been a favorite of collectors. It is extremely rare in this superb used condition and is even more desirable with the red British handstamp.

With 1994, 1999 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

920
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193
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 193, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Horizontal pair, gorgeous centering, deep rich color at the darker end of the Steel Blue spectrum, each tied by red Type A "Supplementary Mail" handstamp on small blue piece with part of Jan. 16, 1862 transit datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS PAIR OF THE 1861 24-CENT STEEL BLUE TIED ON A PIECE BY THE RED SUPPLEMENTARY MAIL CANCEL. TRULY PHENOMENAL IN EVERY RESPECT.

We are surprised this pair has remained intact, as the 24c Steel Blue shade is difficult to find with such choice centering.

Ex Drews. With 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
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194
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 194, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Deep rich color and proof-like impression, essentially perfect centering with wide margins on all sides, well-struck large Boston "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT IN THE VIOLET SHADE ON THIN PAPER, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c).

Ex "Scarsdale" and Kirke. With 2001 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $14,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only three others

2,250
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195
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 195, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Brilliant color nicely complemented by red New York grid cancel, gorgeous centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER, CANCELLED IN VIVID RED AND GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c).

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $14,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only three others. We have offered two of the others and both are cancelled in black

2,290
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196
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 196, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Pale Gray Violet, Thin Paper (70d), 24c Pale Gray Violet, Thin Paper (70d)24c Pale Gray Violet, Thin Paper (70d). Near perfect centering with unusually wide margins, the delicate early shade on thin crisp paper, razor-sharp strike of large green 6-ring target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTRAORDINARY STAMP THAT COMBINES ONE OF THE RAREST 1861 SHADES WITH A TRUE GREEN CANCEL -- IN SUPERB FLAWLESS CONDITION.

The 24c Pale Gray Violet shade, Scott 70d, comes from an early 1861 printing on thin paper, a characteristic shared by the Violet and Steel Blue stamps. Scott 70d's rarity has been more widely recognized in recent years. This stamp, cancelled by a large 6-ring target in deep green ink, is incalculably rare. While we must always allow for the possibility of another example, it requires great imagination to envision another superbly-centered 24c Pale Gray Violet in sound condition, cancelled in green. This is not an offering likely to duplicated.

With 1988 and 2014 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $3,650.00

E. 7,500-10,000
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197
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 197, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 67-70d)24c Pale Gray Violet, Thin Paper (70d), 24c Pale Gray Violet, Thin Paper (70d)24c Pale Gray Violet, Thin Paper (70d). Bright shade beautifully complemented by blue grid cancel, choice centering with balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT PALE GRAY VIOLET SHADE ON THIN PAPER, SCOTT 70d.

With 2008, 2012 P.S.E. (ungraded) and 2014 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)

3,275
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