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Sale 1217 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 3 March, 2020

Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
815
TC
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 815, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose, Plate Proof on Experimental Greenish Blue Wove, Francis Patent (65TC5), 3c Rose, Plate Proof on Experimental Greenish Blue Wove, Francis Patent (65TC5)3c Rose, Plate Proof on Experimental Greenish Blue Wove, Francis Patent (65TC5). Bottom imprint and plate no. 34 block of twelve, rich color on deep greenish wove paper with slight bleed-through of the color to the front, ample to large margins all around, light horizontal creases, appears Very Fine, rare, a Power Search review found only one other similar plate block (which is ex Curtis and "Lake Shore"), unlisted in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
900
816
E
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 816, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 3c Washington, Die Essay on Proof Paper, No Numerals, Printed Thru a Mat (65-E1a, 65-E3c, 65-E3e), Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 3c Washington, Die Essay on Proof Paper, No Numerals, Printed Thru a Mat (65-E1a, 65-E3c, 65-E3e)Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 3c Washington, Die Essay on Proof Paper, No Numerals, Printed Thru a Mat (65-E1a, 65-E3c, 65-E3e). One of first in Black, one of second in Yellow Brown, five of third including Violet on light green, Brown on light blue, Scarlet on ivory, Violet Blue on light pink and Orange on light yellow, first two show full die sinkage, attractively arranged on exhibit page, Very Fine group

915
425
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817
Ebl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 817, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Gray Black, Lowenberg Decalcomania, Plate Essay on Onionskin, Perforated (79-E8b), 3c Gray Black, Lowenberg Decalcomania, Plate Essay on Onionskin, Perforated (79-E8b)3c Gray Black, Lowenberg Decalcomania, Plate Essay on Onionskin, Perforated (79-E8b). Complete sheet of 25, few small faults as usually associated with this fragile paper, Very Fine, scarce complete sheet, only five are recorded, Scott Retail as singles

625
475
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818
E
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 818, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper, Yellow Wove Paper (79-E18a, 79-E18e), 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper, Yellow Wove Paper (79-E18a, 79-E18e)3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper, Yellow Wove Paper (79-E18a, 79-E18e). Approximately 41 x 50mm, first original gum, h.r., first is defective, second with small thin spots, appear Very Fine

2,000
550
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819
E
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 819, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Washington, Plate Essays, Safety Network Essay Ty. B, C (79-E26e, 79-E26f), 3c Washington, Plate Essays, Safety Network Essay Ty. B, C (79-E26e, 79-E26f)3c Washington, Plate Essays, Safety Network Essay Ty. B, C (79-E26e, 79-E26f). Two Type B including Violet and Rose Red, Type C in Green, original gum, small h.r., usual natural gum bends, Fine-Very Fine group

1,400
650
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820
og
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 820, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Brown Rose, First Design (56), 3c Brown Rose, First Design (56)3c Brown Rose, First Design (56). Original gum, rich color on bright paper, Very Fine

550
225
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821
ogbl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 821, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Brown Rose, First Design (56), 3c Brown Rose, First Design (56)3c Brown Rose, First Design (56). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, deep shade, bottom left stamp with small sealed tear in bottom margin, Very Fine appearance, with 1955 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as singles

2,200
600
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822
og
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 822, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B), 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Original gum, small h.r., deep rich color and detailed impression, perfs at sides scissors-separated but fully formed

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE FIRST DESIGN.

With 2019 P.F. certificate

8,500
3,250
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823
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 823, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B), 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Deep rich color nicely complemented by red grid cancel, vertical crease ending in small tear at top, Very Fine appearance

1,710
170
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824
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 824, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Dark Violet, First Color (60), 24c Dark Violet, First Color (60)24c Dark Violet, First Color (60). Deep rich color towards the deeper end of the Dark Violet spectrum, neat strike of target cancel at upper right -- accompanying certificate declines opinion as to purpose or origin of the cancel, which is consistent with their recent opinions for other denominations -- well-proportioned margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A NEW DISCOVERY, THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE 24-CENT 1861 ISSUE FIRST COLOR. THE 5-CENT (SCOTT 57), 10-CENT (SCOTT 62B) AND 30-CENT (SCOTT 61) ARE THE ONLY OTHER USED DENOMINATIONS OF THE FIRST DESIGNS AND COLORS.

In 1861, the contract for printing postage stamps was awarded to National Bank Note Company after Toppan Carpenter's contract expired on June 10. The designs were changed and the earlier stamps were demonetized, primarily as a means of depriving the seceding states of a form of currency.

National Bank Note Company apparently submitted gummed and perforated samples of their designs. Of the original submitted designs, the 24c and 30c were not altered in any way before approval and use. The original samples for these two denominations were printed in a different shade, and are currently listed in the Trial Color Proof section of Scott Catalogue. A quantity of the 10c First Design was printed and issued from this original plate, although they were likely printed after the normal stamp (Scott 68) was issued. The likely reason is that the original plate was brought into use to keep up with demand for the 10c stamps. Therefore, only the 10c, 24c and 30c plates as originally made were used to print issued stamps. The other denominations -- 1c, 3c, 5c, 12c and 90c -- Scott Nos. 55, 56, 57, 59 and 62 -- were never issued in their original designs. These are called "Premiere Gravures" or "First Designs" by students of the issue.

It is likely that a small supply of the "Premiere Gravures" and First Colors reached philatelic hands at an early stage. Several First Design denominations are known cancelled -- a 12c is known with manuscript "New" written across the design -- but the placement and style of cancel means that they cannot conclusively be shown to have gone through the mails, and are likely experimental or control cancels.

Two examples of the 24c with target cancels are known. The other surfaced as a new find and was offered in our 2016 Rarities sale, with a similar cancel but without the note regarding the cancel.

With 2019 P.F. certificate stating "it is genuine but decline opinion with respect to the origin and/or purpose of the cancel", which is consistent with their recent opinions for other similarly cancelled items

E. 10,000-15,000
14,000
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825
nh
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 825, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)1c Blue (63). Mint N.H, 1c Blue (63). Mint N.H1c Blue (63). Mint N.H., essentially perfectly centered, bright and crisp, vivid color, Extremely Fine Gem, magnificent quality and incredibly difficult to find in this Mint post-office fresh condition, with 2004 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

275
5,000
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826
ogbl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 826, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Block of eight with full imprint at left, barely hinged (if at all), deep rich color on bright paper, few trivial perf separations in selvage, Fine, a scarce and attractive multiple, Scott Retail as two blocks of four with no premium for the imprint

3,200
1,100
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827
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 827, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)Civil War Encased Postage Balance (EP2, EP70), Civil War Encased Postage Balance (EP2, EP70)Civil War Encased Postage Balance (EP2, EP70). Two, including Ayer's Cathartic Pills and Drake's Plantation Bitters, first with some original silvering, both with serious mica faults resulting in stamp toning, appear Fine

1,050
325
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828
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 828, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by full detailed strike of Eagle & Shield fancy cancel with "Corry Pa. Sep. 14" circular datestamp to the left on piece, stamp with small faults, Extremely Fine strike, this beautiful cancel is the large Corry Eagle and Shield, which is rarer than the smaller version, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate

E. 400-500
225
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829
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 829, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Cancelled by beautifully clear strike of Horse's Head fancy cancel of Knoxville Tenn. (Skinner-Eno PA-H 1), stamp with some short perfs, Very Fine strike of this scarce fancy cancel

E. 400-500
0
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830
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 830, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Cancelled by well-struck Horse's Head fancy cancel of Knoxville Tenn. (Skinner-Eno PA-H 1), stamp with faults including creases and soiling but is fully intact and the strike is Very Fine, with 1986 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
160
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831
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 831, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied to small piece by negative "Lincoln" and Stars in Circle fancy cancel, "Albany N.Y. Oct. 17" circular datestamp, top of stamp with some minor wrinkling, Very Fine strike of this fancy cancel, especially desirable on piece with the Albany datestamp, the New York State Comptroller in 1866 was Thomas Hillhouse and the Albany postmaster in 1866 was George Dawson, both were ardent pro-Union Republicans

E. 500-750
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832
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 832, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose, Fancy Cancels (65), 3c Rose, Fancy Cancels (65)3c Rose, Fancy Cancels (65). Balance of 15 stamps with fancy cancels, nice range including blue "Union" and Negative Star in Pentagon fancy cancel of Mittineague Mass., "U.S." in shield of stars, four other different shields, two different masks, Masonic compass, pitchfork, Albany N.Y. "U.S." in circle of stars on piece, four other different elaborate stars, stamps with the faults typically seen with fancy cancels, mostly Very Fine strikes, a desirable group

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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833
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 833, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Eleven used stamps, each with an unusual cancel including blue geometrics from Rutland Vt. (three), "US" in Shield on piece, three faces, pitchfork, three with nice targets, some faults, still Very Fine strikes

E. 200-300
275
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834
og
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 834, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Lake (66), 3c Lake (66)3c Lake (66). Original gum, rich color and detailed impression, perfs at right are either slightly modified or reperfed but not noted as such on certificate, otherwise Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

2,000
850
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835
og
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 835, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Original gum, bright shade, few toned perf tips at top, appears Very Fine, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate

950
450
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836
ogbl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 836, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Block of four, original gum, h.r., bright color, left stamps few creases including one ending in a tear at bottom left, otherwise Fine, a surprisingly scarce original-gum block, we have offered only two other blocks of four plus the unique plate block since 1996, Scott Retail $5,500.00

E. 750-1,000
375
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837
ng
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 837, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Part original gum which thinly covers about half the back, called "small part" on accompanying certificate, rich color in this distinctive shade, reperfed at right and small perf repair at top left where a tiny tear has been closed

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE VIOLET SHADE ON THIN PAPER, SCOTT 70c.

With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for original gum $35,000.00, for no gum

13,500
2,400
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838
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 838, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Boldly struck Union Soldier's Head fancy cancel of New York City (Skinner-Eno PH-F 72), small non-obvious repair at left center, Extremely Fine strike of this distinctive Civil War era fancy cancel, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
400
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839
bl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 839, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Block of four, brilliant color, each stamp with bold target cancel, top right stamp small tear at left, appears Very Fine, an extremely rare used block of the 30c 1861, this is one of the best-centered of the few we have encountered, ex Twigg-Smith

2,500
800
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840
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 840, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)30c Orange, Imperforate (71 var), 30c Orange, Imperforate (71 var)30c Orange, Imperforate (71 var). Original gum, three full to large margins, touched at left, manuscript "X" most likely for presentation purposes, Fine and extremely rare, only a few of each of the 1861 values exist imperforate on stamp paper, ex Dr. Morris, with 1980 and 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
750
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841
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 841, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)90c Blue, Imperforate (72 var), 90c Blue, Imperforate (72 var)90c Blue, Imperforate (72 var). Part original gum, three large margins to ample at left, neat manuscript "X" most likely for presentation purposes, Very Fine and extremely rare, only a few of each of the 1861 values exist imperforate on stamp paper (not counting the imperforate 90c First Design essays), ex Dr. Morris, with 1980 and 1991 P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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842
nhbl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 842, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)2c Black (73). Mint N.H, 2c Black (73). Mint N.H2c Black (73). Mint N.H. block of four, intense shade, top right stamp small internal crease, Very Good, a scarce Mint N.H. block, with 2019 .P.S.E. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged

2,750
300
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843
ogbl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 843, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Block of four, original gum, h.r. at top right, other three lightly hinged, crisp impression, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive block

2,750
700
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844
ogbl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 844, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Block of four, original gum, h.r., few sensibly reinforced perf separations, small hinge thin at top, toned perf at right, otherwise Fine

2,750
200
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845
ogbl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 845, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Block of twelve in 6 x 2 format, original gum, h.r., crisp impression, Very Good, a scarce large multiple of the 1863 2c Black Jack, Scott Retail as three blocks of four is $8,250.00

E. 750-1,000
425
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846
og
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 846, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)3c Scarlet (74), 3c Scarlet (74)3c Scarlet (74). Original gum, fiery color in the unmistakable Scarlet color, centered to bottom, light horizontal crease at top, appears Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

7,000
2,400
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847°
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 847, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)24c Blackish Violet (78c), 24c Blackish Violet (78c)24c Blackish Violet (78c). Intense color in the true Blackish Violet shade, bold strike of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel, tiny hinge thin

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RAREST SHADES OF THE 1861-66 ISSUE.

Our census of Scott 78c, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/78c , records a total of 48 used examples of this issue. We also record nine on cover plus three unused. Approximately a dozen used copies are sound.

Census No. 78c-CAN-48. With 2019 P.S.E. certificate

17,500
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