Sale 1227 — Outstanding United States Stamps and Gold Coins

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

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Category — 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2070
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Sale 1227, Lot 2070, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Original gum, h.r., full to large margins, bright reddish-orange shade and worn-plate impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE. SCARCE IN SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION AND WITH FOUR MARGINS.

With 1969, 1997 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $8,000.00).

6,000
13,000
2071
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Sale 1227, Lot 2071, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Original gum, small h.r., large margins to ample at bottom, intermediate impression and bright shade, two horizontal and one diagonal creases

VERY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Curtis. With 2004 P.F. certificate

6,000
1,400
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2072
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Sale 1227, Lot 2072, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Unused (no gum), large margins all around, deep shade and intermediate impression, small corner crease at bottom left, appears Extremely Fine, ex Wingate, with 1997 P.F. certificate

2,100
1,200
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2073
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Sale 1227, Lot 2073, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Positions 68-69L, horizontal pair, original gum, right stamp Dot in "S" and with three dots to left of trifoliate ornament at left (the only such guide dot variety on the plate), large margins all around including trace of adjoining stamp at bottom right, early impression and dark shade

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE DARK BROWN SHADE.

5c 1847 multiples with original gum are rare, especially in this choice condition and from an early state of the plate. This pair has a strong impression that shows the Dot in "S" and the "three dots" variety, neither of which are noted on certificate.

With 1991 P.F. certificate

21,000
27,000
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2074
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Sale 1227, Lot 2074, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, original gum, with right sheet margin, margins on other sides are large to just touched, light shade and worn-plate impression, right stamp with diagonal crease which slightly breaks the paper at upper left, left stamp light diagonal creases and tiny edge tear at top

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE SHEET-MARGIN PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

Unused 5c 1847 multiples with sheet margins are rare, and only a few have original gum.

With 1994 P.S.E. certificate (for a strip of three) stating "genuine, o.g., with minor faults." Scott value $15,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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2075
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Sale 1227, Lot 2075, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Positions 1-2/11-12R, block of four, unused (no gum), three large margins including top left corner sheet margins, clear to just in at bottom, few creases, certificate notes discolored and stained which is a bit harsh in our opinion

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED 5-CENT 1847 BLOCK OF FOUR WITH CORNER SHEET MARGINS.

The 1847 Issue is much scarcer in unused condition than other issues, because the stamps were demonetized in 1851. They could be exchanged for the new issue, but once the exchange period ended, the stamps would have no postage value. Considering the purchasing power of five or ten cents in 1851, it is not surprising that the stamps were either used or exchanged, rather than left for future generations of collectors.

We have identified 17 unused blocks of the 5c 1847 Issue. Excluded from this tally is what might be an unused block in the Webster Knight collection at Brown University and a block of 30 which has been rumored to exist for years (if it does exist, then it becomes the largest recorded multiple).

With 1967 P.F. certificate as a block of six

E. 5,000-7,500
3,750
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2076
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Sale 1227, Lot 2076, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Block of four, large margins to clear, deep shade and strong intermediate impression, each with neat manuscript "X" cancel, bottom left stamp slight erosion from the cancel, top left stamp small ink mark at top right not mentioned on certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. certificate as a block of six. Scott value $27,500.00

E. 5,000-7,500
6,750
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2077
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2077, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Deep Red Brown (1). Gorgeous color and proof-like impression from the First Printing--in our opinion this is an 1847 Orange Brown--large margins, bright red grid cancel, Extremely Fine, the early impressions should carry a substantial premium over the later impressions, with 2004 P.F. certificate as Red Brown but notes "from the 1847 printing"

350
750
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2078
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2078, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Orange Brown (1). Rich color and beautiful detailed early impression, large margins to full at top with trace of adjoining stamp at bottom, cancelled by bold strike of red "PAID" in arc handstamp of New York City, Very Fine and choice, the ubiquitous "Paid" arc of the pre-1847 era is actually quite scarce on the 1847 Issue, this example on an early printing Orange Brown is very desirable, with 1982 and 2006 P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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2079
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2079, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Deep Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, early impression in the 1847 Orange Brown shade, orange-red "5" in circle handstamp cancel, Very Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate

450
300
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2080
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2080, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Deep rich color from an early impression, large margins to ample at top left, clear strike of blue "PAID" handstamp, Very Fine and choice, with contrasting P.F. certificates, 1989 states Dark Brown shade but claims it is not an early impression (it is), 2006 does not comment on the impression but calls the shade Brown, in any case a beautiful stamp, ex Saadi

450
550
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2081
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2081, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Dark color from an early impression, large margins, red square grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

400
600
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2082
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2082, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Accompanying certificate notes shade is "Scott variety, Dark Olive Brown, in the family of Ridgway's Proust's Brown XV-15'm", the color is truly unusual, large margins to ample, light strike of red grid cancel, Extremely Fine, a wonderful stamp, with 1997 P.F. certificate

350
850
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2083
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2083, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to full, intense shade and early impression, red square grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1988 P.F. certificate

350
350
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2084
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2084, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins at sides including trace of adjoining stamp at left and right sheet margin, large to clear at bottom and top, deep rich color and early impression, clear strike of blue "PAID" in oval cancel of Philadelphia, Very Fine and attractive, with 2002 P.F. certificate

400
300
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2085
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2085, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Full margins, dark shade and early impression, light strike of red grid cancel, Very Fine, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate

350
300
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2086
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2086, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Full to ample margins, dark shade and early impression, light but identifiable strike of red "PHILADA. RAILROAD" straightline handstamp, Very Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate

600
400
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2087
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2087, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear at top left, trace of adjoining stamp at bottom, detailed early impression, rich color, bright red circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

350
425
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2088
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2088, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Deep rich color and clear early impression, large margins to full, red criss-crossed grid cancel of Brunswick, Maine (Skinner-Eno SD-G 81), Very Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate, Scott value as normal red cancel

350
325
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2089
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2089, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Deep dark shade and early impression, sheet margin at left, large margin at right and ample top and bottom, light strike of red grid cancel, small diagonal crease in far left corner of sheet margin a full 3mm from the design, Very Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $750.00 without premium for the sheet margin)

400
700
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2090
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2090, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown, Dot in "S" (1a var). Large margins to clear, intense shade from an early impression, light strike of blue "FREE" in oval cancel, a strong Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate, Scott assigns a $400.00 premium for the "Free" cancel

800
600
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2091
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2091, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins, unusually dark shade, unobtrusive red grid cancel, faint pressed-out diagonal crease at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, with 1995 P.F. certificate

400
275
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2092
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2092, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Full even margins, dark shade and early impression, cancel removed, light vertical crease at left, Very Fine appearance, an attractive stamp, with 2020 P.F. certificate

400
275
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2093
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2093, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair showing the distinctive misalignment of entries, full to large margins, dark shade and early impression, bold blue "PAID" in oval cancel from Philadelphia, right stamp with couple tiny purple ink stains, Very Fine appearing pair, with 2004 P.F. certificate

900
750
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2094
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2094, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to full at bottom right, cancelled by sharp strike of red "Housatonic Railroad 5" route agent's handstamp

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH THE HOUSATONIC RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT'S CANCELLATION.

The USPCS 1847 Cover Census lists only five 5c Housatonic Railroad covers with the stamp cancelled by the route agent's handstamp (plus one 10c cover). Even fewer off-cover examples are known cancelled in this manner. Among that small population this is easily one of the finest.

Ex Rust, Grunin and Wall. With 1989 and 2000 P.F. certificates

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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2095
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2095, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins, pale shade and worn-plate impression, blue "PAID" straightline handstamp, Extremely Fine

440
650
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2096
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2096, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Clear horizontal stitch watermark across top, large margins including frameline of adjoining stamp at bottom, worn-plate impression, black Mount Holly N.J. circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1999 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

700
600
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2097
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2097, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins all around, neat strike of orange-red grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2001 P.F. certificate calling the cancel "red-orange" -- a true orange cancel carries a premium of $750.00 in Scott

350
350
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2098
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2098, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, clear impression from cleaned plate, red circular grid cancels, Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate

350
375
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2099
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2099, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Brown (1). Large margins, bright shade and intermediate impression, red grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,400.00)

350
800
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2100
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2100, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Two, both with full margins all around, clear strikes of blue "5" and "10" in oval cancels of Baltimore Md., Very Fine, a lovely matched pair of 5c stamps with numeral cancels showing both 1847 rates, first with 2002 P.F. certificate, second with 1995 and 2006 P.F. certificates

800
700
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2101
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2101, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Seven used singles, two with manuscript cancels in unusual shades, one with blue "6" in octagon handstamp of Philadelphia, one with red "5" in circle handstamp, last two with red grid cancels, six have four margins, few small faults, Fine-Very Fine group

1,720
950
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2102
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2102, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Deep Red Brown, Dark Brown (1, 1a). Both with dramatic pre-printing paper folds, first in a deep shade from an early impression, full margins to barely touched in one spot at right, red grid cancel, second from an intermediate impression with a blue grid cancel, full margins to clear, Very Fine matched pair with different color cancels, latter with 1978 P.F. certificate

790
450
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2103
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2103, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, dark shade, cancelled by cross-hatched pen, Very Fine, with 1980 (as Dark Brown) and 2005 P.F. certificates, Scott value as handstamp-cancelled pair

800
400
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2104
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2104, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Brown, Double Transfer Ty. A (1-A). Position 80R1, huge margins to clear including right sheet margin, rich color, red New York square grid cancel, Very Fine

550
250
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2105
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2105, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Brown, Double Transfer Ty. A (1-A). Position 80R1, large margins to full, intense shade, blue grid cancel, Very Fine example of this major double transfer, with 1991 P.F. certificate

590
325
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2106
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2106, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Grayish Brown (1a). Large margins to ample, distinctive shade complemented by blue grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1981 P.F. certificate

990
600
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2107
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2107, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Grayish Brown (1a). Large margins to ample including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, pretty shade, red grid cancel, small corner crease at bottom right, Very Fine appearance

950
250
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2108
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2108, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large to huge margins with portion of adjoining stamp at left, worn-plate impression, light diagonal crease at center, appears Extremely Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

725
250
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2109
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2109, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Orange (1c). Radiant color with just a bit of oxidation at top left, with a characteristic worn-plate impression, full margins to ample at top left, bright red square grid cancel, light diagonal crease at top left

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE RED ORANGE SHADE.

According to Wade Saadi, the Red Orange shade was produced exclusively during the last printing, stamps from which were part of the Fifth Delivery (December 7, 1850).

With 2005 P.F. certificate

9,000
3,500
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2110
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2110, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large margins to clear, rich color and cleaned-plate impression, black small Boston "PAID" grid cancel, Very Fine and attractive demonetized use, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
350
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2111
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2111, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to just in at left, bright shade with almost enough orange to be called Orange Brown, black Canadian target cancel overstruck by blue grid, small thin spots, small corner crease at top left, Fine appearance, scarce Canadian origin, Scott value $3,465.00

E. 750-1,000
425
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2112
 
Sale 1227, Lot 2112, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, pale shade and worn-plate impression, two red town cancels including one from Windsor, Ontario, Very Fine, scarce with the Canadian cancel, with 1975 P.F. certificate, Scott value $3,350.00

E. 750-1,000
750
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