FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE I IMPERFORATE ON COVER. 7R1E IS THE ONLY POSITION WITH THE COMPLETE DIE DESIGN. ACCORDING TO THE WAGSHAL CENSUS, THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BEARING A STRIP OF THREE WITH POSITIONS 5-6-7R1E, AND IT IS THE ONLY STRIP ON COVER CANCELLED IN BLUE.
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. The census lists a total of 23 examples of Position 7R1E on cover. Of these, only nine are used in a strip of three. Of the nine covers, this is the only example recorded bearing these three positions, and it is the only 7R1E strip on cover cancelled in blue.
Wagshal census no. 5-COV-081. From our 1975 Rarities sale. Signed Ashbrook and with his notes on back. Scott value $110,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib IMPERFORATE ISSUE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES CLASSICS TO OBTAIN IN UNUSED CONDITION.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early 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 burnished away.
A thorough search of past auctions for unused examples of Scott 5A and our own extensive records produced a result that surprised us. The unique block of eight from Plate 1E contains Position 7R1E (Scott 5) and five Type Ib stamps (with faults). The famous ex-Waterhouse copy of Position 7R1E is joined with a pair of Type Ib stamps (this unused unit is currently owned by William H. Gross). The multiples, containing a total of seven Type Ib stamps, really do not fit the needs of collectors who want a single unused example of Scott 5A. We located only four other unused singles, and we were surprised at the conspicuous absence of any unused Scott 5A stamps in major name sales.
Ex Hoffman. With 2008 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue value is grossly misleading given the rarity of this stamp -- Scott 6 in unused condition catalogues nearly twice as much, yet it is not as rare as Scott 5A.
FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE STAMP -- ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN UNUSED CONDITION.
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 (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).
Ex Hoffman and "Laila". With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott value with original gum is $45,000.00. Scott value as no gum
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III. A SCARCE ISSUE IN UNUSED CONDITION WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.
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, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The example offered here, with wide breaks in both lines, is a great rarity.
A Power Search review demonstrates how rare this is in unused condition. We have offered only four singles in sound original-gum condition. Examples without gum in sound condition with four margins are also exceedingly rare.
Ex Geisler and "Laila". With 1981, 1992 and 2007 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IIIa IN THIS CHOICE UNUSED CONDITION ARE VERY RARE.
Ex Hansen. With 1992 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE -- A STAMP WHICH IS MISSING FROM MANY ADVANCED UNUSED COLLECTIONS.
With 1977 and 2007 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE I. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE FROM THE CORNER SHEET-MARGIN POSITION.
From our 2005 Rarities sale and ex "Laila". Small purple backstamp. With 1986 P.F. and 1991 P.S.E. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III.
From our 1993 and 2007 Rarities sales. With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE LARGE-MARGINED UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IV.
10c 1855 Type IV stamps are defined by the recut of one or both outer lines at the top or bottom of the design. Type IV stamps come from only seven scattered positions on the left pane and one position on the right pane of Plate 1. Therefore, only 4% of the stamps produced from Plate 1 were Type IV.
Ex Geisler and "Laila". With 1991 and 2007 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. SCARCE IN SUCH WONDERFUL CONDITION.
As multiples demonstrate, the spacing between stamps on the 12c plate was very narrow. Sound original-gum examples with four margins are great rarities, and most have been harvested from larger multiples.
Ex Hansen. With 2002 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
Ex Hansen. With 2004 P.F. certificate