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Sale 1227 — Outstanding United States Stamps and Gold Coins

Sale Date — Monday-Friday, 19-23 October, 2020

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Category — 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2627
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2627, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Part original gum, bright colors, three wide margins, perfs well clear of design at right

VERY FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

9,000
2,000
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2628, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Unused (no gum), three wide and balanced margins but reperfed at top, small closed tear at bottom left, otherwise Very Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

3,250
750
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2629
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2629, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Bright colors, unobtrusive cork cancel, wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine

800
900
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2630
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2630, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Wide and well-balanced margins, rich colors, quartered cork cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate

800
400
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2631
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2631, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Bright colors, circle of wedges and red circular datestamp cancel, well-balanced margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1995 and 2004 P.F. certificates

935
500
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2632
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2632, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Warm colors, cork cancel, Very Fine, magenta manuscript on back, with 2011 Weiss certificate

800
325
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2633
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2633, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Original gum, nearly perfect centering with wide margins all around, deep shades of Brown and Blue, fresh and bright

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FEW 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL STAMPS IN EXISTENCE WITH ORIGINAL GUM, SUPERB CENTERING AND FRESHNESS.

Even though the supply of Type II stamps (Scott 119) is more plentiful than its Type I counterpart (Scott 118), we have found that it is at least as difficult, if not more so, to find in such superb condition. This Type II is both centered and lightly hinged, and the vignette is nicely aligned to the frame, something that perfectionists will appreciate.

Ex Wingate. With 1999 P.F. certificate.

2,750
5,750
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2634
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2634, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Original gum, deep rich colors and sharp impression, fresh and Fine

2,750
700
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2635, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Unused (no gum), wide margins and attractive centering, fresh colors, Very Fine, with 2020 P.F. certificate

975
475
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2636
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2636, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, rich colors, centered to bottom

FINE AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL 15-CENT TYPE II.

With 2000 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value $16,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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2637
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2637, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of 20 with right sheet margin and color registration markers, Positions 46-50/56-60/66-70/76-80, marvelous rich colors and impression, slightly disturbed original gum, h.r., centered to bottom right, perf separations sensibly reinforced, creases affect center two rows

ONE OF THE LARGEST 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL BLOCKS IN EXISTENCE. THIS BLOCK ORIGINALLY COMES FROM THE UNUSED BLOCK OF FIFTY, WHICH WAS LAST SEEN INTACT IN THE 1920s AND WAS BROKEN INTO SMALLER UNITS SOME TIME AGO.

The 1869 Pictorial Issue was a transformative set of stamps created during a period of historic transition. With their novel shapes and imagery, they reflected the choice of President Johnson's postmaster general, Alexander Randall, but they were inherited by Grant's new postmaster general, John A. J. Creswell. In the midst of Reconstruction's political controversies, the 1869s were spurned by the public and quickly replaced with the 1870 Issue, bearing traditional portraits of statesmen, war heroes and Founding Fathers.

The four 1869 high values were printed in two colors. The 15c vignette is an engraving by Smillie, based on Balch's engraving from an 1839 oil painting entitled Landing of Columbus by John Vanderlyn.

We record four intact unused blocks of 20, as follows:

1) With left selvage, ex Wingate (Sale 1180, lot 174)

2) Bottom right corner selvage with blue imprint and plate no. 23, ex previous Rarities sales (including 1977), Walske and Dr. Heimburger (Sale 1054, lot 441)

3) Bottom right corner selvage with blue imprint and plate no. 23, originally a block of 33, reduced to the block of 20 sometime after our 1966 Stern sale (Sale 309, lot 144), ex Gross (Sale 1200, lot 102)

4) Right selvage with plate marker, centered to bottom right, from the block of 50 shown in Rose book (fig. 159, p. 122), ex Walske, 1999 Rarities sale (Sale 811, lot 120), the block offered here

Scott value as four blocks of four and two pairs is $78,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
5,750
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2638
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2638, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Deep rich colors, bold strike of unusual geometric target cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1997 P.F. certificate

190
180
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2639
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2639, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions on bright paper, wide margins, light strike of quartered cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1989 P.F. certificate

190
275
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2640
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2640, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Wide and well-proportioned margins, wonderful depth of frame color complemented by strikes of blue circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, with 2005 P.F. certificate

250
600
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2641
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2641, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Wide margins, beautifully bold strike of blue Star in Circle fancy cancel, tiny margin tear at top, Extremely Fine strike and rare on the 15c 1869 Pictorial, ex Haas (Siegel Sale 418) and Rose, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
225
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2642, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Unused (no gum), deep rich colors, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

2,600
1,800
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2643, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Unused (no gum), deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Scarce with such wide margins

2,600
1,500
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2644
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2644, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Original gum, h.r., deep rich colors, clearly-defined grill, Fine, pencil notations on gum, with 2020 P.F. certificate

7,500
1,300
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2645
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2645, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Beautifully balanced margins, rich colors, unobtrusive grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate

600
500
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2646
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2646, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Original gum, bright colors

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

4,000
3,000
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2647
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2647, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Disturbed original gum from hinge removal, centered to top right, bright colors, Fine, with 2011 P.F. certificate

4,000
650
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2648, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Unused (regummed), deep rich colors, Fine

1,450
475
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2649
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2649, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Wide margins, beautifully centered with intense colors, red grid cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, a choice 30c 1869 Pictorial cancelled in red, with 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

625
750
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2650
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2650, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Well-balanced margins with four perfect corner perfs, bright colors complemented by red New York 9c credit datestamp used as a cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Dale-Lichtenstein, with 1999 and 2018 P.F. certificates

625
1,100
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2651
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2651, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Block of four, each with cork cancel and with traces of red cancel, top left stamp small tear in right margin, overall Very Fine block with the bottom left stamp Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

3,750
850
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2652
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2652, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Horizontal block of six, fresh colors, cork cancels as usual but not as heavy on the left block of four as often encountered, also traces of red cancels, bottom left stamp small thin spots, overall Fine, virtually all large multiples of this issue are faulty to some extent and also cancelled in this manner

4,600
900
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2653, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Unused (no gum), rich colors, Very Fine, a scarce sound unused example of the 90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, with 1999 P.F. certificate

3,750
2,100
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2654
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2654, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Wide margins and well-centered, bright colors, cork cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE SOUND AND CENTERED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 1975 and 2004 P.F. certificates

1,800
2,100
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2655
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2655, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Wide margins and well-centered, rich Carmine frame color, light strike of red cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A FRESH 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL CANCELLED IN RED.

With 1974, 1996 and 2002 P.F. certificates

2,800
2,200
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2656
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2656, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Rich colors, unobtrusive cork cancel, few thin spots, Fine appearance

1,800
550
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2657
 
Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2657, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Horizontal pair, rich colors, centered to bottom right, left stamp tiny edge tear at bottom, Fine or Fine appearance, Scott value $8,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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