EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 1996 and 2015 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
In his book on the 1869 Pictorial Issue, Jonathan Rose noted that essays were made for both the Type I and Type II designs prior to the time the stamps were issued. The stamps were fed through the press twice -- first for the vignette and then for the frame. The challenge for the printers was to properly align the vignette when printing the frame. Apparently, the addition of the diamond marker at top center of the Type II design made it easier to accomplish this task. It also made any misalignment less noticeable. Type II stamps appeared within days of the EDU for Type I and are much more common.
Ex Morton. With 2003 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $12,000.00). This is the only Scott 118 at this grade with just two graded higher (both 98J and both more heavily cancelled).
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 ISSUE WITH A "PAINT RED" CANCEL.
Most classic issues carry a premium for red cancels (the 1847 Issue excepted). However, the premium for a red cancel on this issue -- at nearly double the price of the stamp with a black cancel -- indicates its high desirability on the bicolor 1869 Pictorial Issue. With 2015 P.F. certificate (XF 90).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE CANCELLED IN RED.
As mentioned in the previous lot, the bicolor 1869 Pictorial stamps are particularly desirable in the highest grades cancelled in red. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,700.00 without premium for the cancel)
FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE CANCELLED SOLELY BY A RED CORK.
As mentioned previously for the 24c and 30c values, the bicolor 1869 Pictorials are very desirable cancelled in red. The 90c is rare as such and Scott assigns a $1,000.00 premium for a red cancel.
With 1989 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
These high-denomination stamps were typically used on mail to foreign countries or on heavy registered letters. They were often heavily cancelled by postal clerks to make sure they were not reused. The example offered here, with a very light cancel, is a rare exception to the rule.
Ex Dr. Graves ("Argentum"), "Natalee Grace" and Morton. 2013 P.S.E. certificate no longer accompanies (XF 90; SMQ $4,500.00). With 1983, 2009 and 2020 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). In the Morton sale catalogue we stated we were surprised this was not graded higher than 90 by P.S.E. The new XF-Superb 95 P.F. certificate confirms our view on the centering and freshness of this stamp