EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOUND FOUR-MARGIN ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
The 5c stamp was issued in 1856, five years after the 1c, 3c and 12c values and one year after the 10c were issued. It was typically used to pay the 5c shore-to-ship rate for mail sent overseas and also in multiples for the 10c transcontinental or 15c U.S.-French treaty rates.
With the exception of some rare types of the 1c and 10c, such as Scott Nos. 5 and 16, the 5c stamp is the most difficult denomination to obtain with four margins in sound and original-gum condition. The spacing between stamps is very narrow -- in some cases only 1.2 millimeters wide. This left little margin for error when separating the stamps, and it explains why so few examples are known with four margins. When other factors such as gum, color and impression are taken into consideration, the rarity and beauty of the stamp offered here may be fully appreciated.
With 2004 P.S.E. and P.F. certificates
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE SHOWING THE IMPRINT. A MARVELOUS SHOWPIECE.
Our comprehensive census records contain only fourteen examples of this issue showing any trace of the imprint. Only two are known from this position, which also has the distinction of having a double transfer. Plate varieties are virtually unseen in this uniform stamp, the most notable being the defective transfer.
Ex West, Rohloff, Mayer and Hansen. Scott value $4,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. A STAMP WITH PHENOMENAL VISUAL APPEAL.
Ex Moody and "Connoisseur" (1992 Superior sale). With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. A RARE STAMP WITH A RED DATESTAMP CANCEL.
Ex Newbury, Mayer and "Golden Oak". With 2006 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP WITH EXCEPTIONALLY RICH COLOR. THE 5-CENT 1856 IS RARELY SEEN CANCELLED ONLY BY A RED GRID.
The majority of 5c 1856 stamps are cancelled in black, usually with New Orleans datestamps or New York grids. This is the rare (and beautiful) exception.
Ex Moody and Hall. With 2000 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,300.00)
EXTREMELY FINE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE USED IN BOSTON.
Pairs of this issue are scarce, especially in such choice condition.
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE WITH BLUE TOWN DATESTAMP.
Ex Mayer (book, p. 21) and "Golden Oak". With 1981 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE WITH THE YANKEE JIM'S DATESTAMP CANCEL. EXAMPLES USED FROM ANY POST OFFICE OTHER THAN NEW ORLEANS OR NEW YORK ARE SCARCE, AND THIS PAIR FROM THE WEST COAST IS RARE.
Ex Waterhouse, Mayer and "Golden Oak".
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A GORGEOUS VERTICAL STRIP OF THREE FROM POSITIONS 1, 11 AND 21 OF THE RIGHT PANE OF THE PLATE. AN IMPORTANT INTERPANE POSITION MULTIPLE.
The 5c 1856 Issue has eluded platers for 165 years. The uniformity of design and lack of large multiples makes plating nearly impossible. The reliefs are known, but aside from a few position pieces little is known of the plate layout. The strip offered here, which forms the first three positions in the top rows of the right pane, is an exception and is an important multiple for plating.
Ex Klein and Mayer (book, p. 20). With 1976 and 2006 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE VERTICAL STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
With 1990 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A SCARCE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE CANCELLED AT WILMINGTON, DELAWARE.
The vast majority of this issue was used in New Orleans. A block of four on cover from Wilmington, dated September 27, is also recorded.
Ex Emerson and Saadi. With 1983 (copy) and 1990 P.F. certificates
FINE-VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 1856 5-CENT RED BROWN. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CLASSIC MULTIPLES EXTANT.
This block was originally part of an eleven-stamp multiple, joined with a strip of three at top right. It was affixed to a large piece with single 1c and 3c stamps (the full piece is illustrated in Brookman on page 152). After its appearance in a 1955 H.R. Harmer sale, the strip of three was removed and later the block of eight was separated into two blocks of four. The late Frederick R. Mayer reunited the two blocks while building his classic 5c 1856 Issue collection. As both a block of eleven and a block of eight, this was the largest recorded multiple. The largest intact used multiples now are blocks of six and five, both on cover (the block of six is lot 314 in this sale). Apart from this reconstructed block of eight, there are only five other used blocks of four, two of which are on covers (one is lot 311 in this sale). The largest unused multiple is the unique block of four.
Ex Filstrup, West, Klein, Mayer (book, p. 18) and Curtis. Left block of four with 1991 P.F. certificate. Scott value $90,000.00 as two blocks of four