VERY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 37 EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN.
Our census of Scott 57, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/57 , contains a total of 37 copies of this rarity. Of these, one is in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. Of the 36 thought to be available to collectors, two are cancelled, 19 have no gum, five have part original gum and ten, including the example offered here, have full (or nearly full) original gum. Only two of the full or part original-gum copies are confirmed as sound.
Census no. 57-OG-09. From our 1965 Rarities sale and ex Mielstrup (Siegel sale 431). P.F. certificate no. 19601 no longer accompanies. With 1989 P.F. certificate not noting the reperfing.
VERY FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE FIRST DESIGN.
With clear 1998 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE CENTERED, LIGHTLY HINGED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK.
The 3c 1861 Pink (Scott 64) is one of the most difficult stamps of the 1861-66 Issue to find in sound, well-centered, original-gum condition with fresh color. The nature of the ink used to print the 3c Pink shade is such that over the course of time, with exposure to light and other adverse elements, the color tends to oxidize or lose its vibrancy. The example offered here retains that vibrancy of color.
With 2004 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 LAKE TRIAL PRINTING.
A review using Power Search reveals how difficult the 3c Lake is to find with full original gum and choice centering. Most examples have perfs touching or in on at least one side. We have offered fewer than ten examples that compare favorably to this stamp in the last 25 years.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT BROWN LILAC.
With 2003 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE SOUND AND CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 ISSUE IN THE RED BROWN SHADE.
The 5c Red Brown is one of the 1861-66 stamps that challenges collectors who demand choice original-gum examples. Multiples are extremely rare, with only one recorded original-gum block; therefore, there has never been a supply of blocks from which singles could be harvested. The vast majority of original-gum singles are off-center, faulty or both.
With 2008 P.F. certificate