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Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
275
og
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 275, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Original gum which covers the entire back of the stamp, large margins to full, deep rich color on bright paper

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

30,000
25,000
276
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 276, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Position 50R1, three large margins including "NGRAVERS. Phila. New York Bo" part right imprint, just in at bottom, lightly cancelled, small crease and tiny tear at top left, Fine appearance, an extremely rare example of the 5c 1856 Issue with part imprint, we record only fourteen copies with part of the imprint and this example shows a greater percentage of it than most, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,300
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277
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 277, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Position 61L1, large left sheet margin including "NGRAVERS. Phila. New York Bos" part left imprint, deep shade, cancelled by Boston large "Paid" grid, minor faults, a scarce example of the 5c 1856 Issue showing a sizable portion of the imprint, our census records contain only fourteen examples of this issue showing any trace of the imprint, only three are known from this position, and this one shows significantly more than the others, ex Mayer and Hansen

E. 500-750
850
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278
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 278, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Positions 37-40R1, horizontal strip of four with "on & Cincinnati" part imprint at right, large margins to in on other sides, bright color, "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 19" circular datestamps, right stamp (Position 40) with double transfer in "Five Cents", right stamp insignificant pinhole

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

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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279
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 279, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at bottom and right sheet margin, radiant color, unobtrusive strike of "New Orleans La. Dec. 3" circular datestamp

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

E. 1,500-2,000
6,000
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280
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 280, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). A Relief, large margins all around, rich color on bright paper, well-struck New York Ocean Mail circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, ex Moody, Rohloff, Weill and Mayer (book, p. 27), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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281
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 281, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). B Relief, huge margins to ample including part of adjoining stamp at left and right interpane margin with full guideline, neat strike of Belgian accountancy framed handstamp cancel, light vertical crease at left, Very Fine appearance, a very unusual cancel, only one cover is known to Belgium (lot 319), it also bears this marking but not near the stamp, ex Mayer (book, p. 27), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,700
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282
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 282, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large even margins, crisp impression nicely complemented by New Haven Conn. red circle of diamonds fancy cancel, part of matching circular datestamp at bottom, Extremely Fine, fancy or non-standard cancels are rare on the 5c 1856 Issue, ex Mayer, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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283
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 283, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large to huge margins, rich color and detailed impression, neat strike of red Trenton N.J. circular datestamp and trace of black cancel at upper right

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.

E. 750-1,000
3,000
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284
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 284, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins, rich color and sharp impression, red grid cancel

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)

Scott No.
Den.
Cond.
Tot.
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
95
95J
98
98J
100
100J
12
5c
285
16
5
20
1
15
14
16
1
4
1
3
0
0
SMQ US
Scott No.
Den.
Cond.
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
70J
75
75J
80
80J
85
85J
90
90J
95
95J
98
98J
100
100J
12
Used
-
-
-
-
-
$175
-
$325
$385
$480
$550
$700
$775
$850
$1,000
$1,300
$1,600
$2,100
$3,250
$4,500
$9,000
-
-
P.S.E. Population Report and SMQ as of October 11th, 2021
E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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285
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 285, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamps at top and right, deep rich color on bright paper, unobtrusive cancels including black circular datestamp and part of red New York circular datestamp at bottom, light horizontal crease at bottom, Extremely Fine appearance, Richter backstamp, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
350
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286
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 286, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Three huge margins including trace of adjoining stamp at bottom, ample at left, rich color, neat strike of brown grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, extremely rare with a brown grid cancel--this is the first we have ever encountered--ex Saadi, with 1990 and 1991 P.F. certificates

E. 500-750
700
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287
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 287, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins all around, rich color on bright paper, nicely complemented by blue circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine and choice, a stamp with great visual appeal, with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
2,300
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288
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 288, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins to just clear at top, rich color, neat strike of New York Steamship cancel, tiny corner margin crease at top left, still Very Fine, a rare cancel on this issue, ex Mayer (book, p. 27), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
2,100
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289
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 289, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins all around, clear pre-printing paperfold at right, bold Washington D.C. circular datestamp with integral "Free", few faults including thins, appears Extremely Fine, printing varieties on this issue are virtually unknown

E. 400-500
550
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290
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 290, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown, Defective Transfer (12), 5c Red Brown, Defective Transfer (12)5c Red Brown, Defective Transfer (12). Position 23R1, margins to just touched, rich color, New Orleans circular datestamp leaves defective part of transfer clearly visible, Fine, an exceedingly scarce position and one of only two constant varieties that occur on the 5c Plate 1

1,200
475
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291
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 291, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal pair, large margins all around, detailed impression, light strikes of large Boston "Paid" grid cancels

EXTREMELY FINE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE USED IN BOSTON.

Pairs of this issue are scarce, especially in such choice condition.

2,050
1,600
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292
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 292, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins except just barely touched at bottom of left stamp, bright shade nicely complemented by blue "Columbia" circular datestamp

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.

1,950
2,200
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293
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 293, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal pair, large margins to clear, bright shade, neat strike of "Yankee Jim's (Cal.) Apr. 3" circular datestamp, right stamp faint vertical crease

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".

1,650
2,500
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294
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 294, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Positions 1/11/21R1, vertical strip of three, large to huge margins including left interpane margin with centerline, radiant color, light strikes of "New Orleans La. Jul. 2, 1857" circular datestamp, faint crease at top, tiny corner crease in bottom right margin

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

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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295
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 295, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Vertical strip of three, large margins to full, rich color, light strikes of "New Orleans La. Jul. 1" circular datestamp leave design clearly visible

VERY FINE AND CHOICE VERTICAL STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.

With 1990 P.F. certificate

3,750
1,600
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296
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 296, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal strip of three, large margins to full, rich color, neat strikes of "Wilmington Del. Sep. 4" circular datestamp

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

3,750
5,250
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297
bl
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 297, Five-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Two blocks of four rejoined to form the original horizontal block of eight, top row C Relief, bottom row D Relief, ample margins to touched at left, rich color, manuscript cancels including "Oct. 28th", tiny scissors-cut between stamps at top of left block, light pre-printing crease in bottom right stamp

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

E. 30,000-40,000
45,000
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