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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 — Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
391
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Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 391, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 81L1, original gum, large margins to full including part of adjoining stamp at right and huge 20mm left sheet margin, crisp impression, shows an interesting plate scratch in left margin

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

With 2015 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85 XQ). The "XQ" in the grade is used for stamps of extraordinary quality.

6,250
7,500
392
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Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 392, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 61-62/71-72L1, block of four, original gum, with large left sheet margin showing the absence of an imprint on the early state of Plate 1, other margins full to just clear in a couple places, intense shade, two horizontal creases thru top pair, bottom right stamp tiny surface scrape at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A KEY BLOCK OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, CONCLUSIVELY PROVING THE ABSENCE OF AN IMPRINT ON THE EARLY STATE OF PLATE ONE.

It has long been known that the first 1c and 3c plates did not have an imprint in their early state (see lot 135 for an example from the 3c Plate 1E). Specialists theorized that the 12c Plate 1 was also lacking an imprint, but the greater rarity of the 12c sheet-margin stamps, and therefore fewer plating opportunities, made it difficult to prove the theory. Stanley B. Ashbrook summarized his thoughts on the 1c and 12c imprints in his 1c book as follows: "We have no evidence whatsoever when the Imprint and Plate number were added to the first 12c Plate, but no doubt it was not done until some months after the Plate was made. There was only one 1c Plate and only one 12c Plate, hence apparently there was little necessity to number these at the time the first 3c plates were given Imprints and Plate numbers." The plating of this block by 12c specialist James A. Allen, along with sheet margin material he studied from the right pane, helped him prove definitively that the early state of Plate 1 lacked the imprint. See Chronicle 244 (pp. 316-322, this block pictured on p. 317) for Allen's analysis of the 12c imprint.

E. 10,000-15,000
21,000
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393
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 393, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 51L1, left sheet margin with "NGRAVERS. Phila. New York. Bos." portion of imprint, other margins ample to touched, lightly cancelled, small thin spots and tiny tear at top, Fine appearance and a very rare part imprint example of the 12c 1851 Issue from the late state of the plate, very few are known, as discussed in lot 392 the early state of the 12c Plate 1 lacked an imprint

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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394
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 394, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 70/80R1, vertical pair with right sheet margin and “Toppan, Carpen” portion of imprint, other margins large to clear including part of adjoining stamp at top, intense shade and proof-like impression, three strikes of Philadelphia circular datestamp, tiny scissors-cut at bottom left

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL VERTICAL PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, WITH PART OF THE IMPRINT AT RIGHT.

Part imprint examples of the 12c 1851 Issue from the late state of Plate 1 are very rare. There are no recorded complete imprints from a stamp multiple. As discussed in lot 392 the early state of the 12c Plate 1 lacked an imprint.

Ex Emerson and Wagshal, and from our 1968 Rarities sale. With 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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395
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 395, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 91R1 with bottom left interpane corner sheet margins and centerline, huge margins on other sides including portion of adjoining stamp above, bright shade on brilliant white paper, bold grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM AN INTERPANE CORNER-MARGIN POSITION. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Ex Dr. Morris and Kirke. With 1997 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $4,0000.00). While this stamp has received a very high P.S.E. grade, this is an instance where numerical grading simply cannot do justice to the stunning appearance of a stamp.

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
17
12c
291
12
3
11
4
17
9
16
0
7
0
32
0
1
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
17
12¢
Used
-
-
-
-
-
$60
-
$125
-
$175
-
$250
-
$325
$425
$500
$825
$1,150
$2,000
$2,750
$4,000
$5,750
-
P.S.E. Population Report and SMQ as of October 11th, 2021
E. 2,000-3,000
5,250
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396
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 396, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 1L1, huge top left corner sheet margins, other sides also large including portions of two adjoining stamps, town circular datestamp cancel and additional manuscript cancel with "1856", Extremely Fine Gem, ex Ishikawa, with 1993 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,400
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397
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 397, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 6L1, huge top sheet margin, other sides large with frameline of adjoining stamp at left, indistinct cancel with additional bit of blue manuscript at bottom, pressed horizontal crease in top margin only, 7mm from stamp design, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
600
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398
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 398, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 60L1, with huge straddle-pane margin at right, showing centerline and portion of Position 51R in the right pane, other margins full to just in at top, circular datestamp cancels, Fine and extremely rare, since the definition of straddle-pane has been updated and refreshed--a portion of the adjoining pane's stamp must be present or it is an "interpane" margin--the vast majority of 1851 Issue stamps in Power Search described as straddle-pane no longer qualify for that term, this 12c is particularly rare, ex Ishikawa

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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399
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 399, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 80/90L1, vertical pair, huge margins including right interpane sheet margin, intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, top stamp cancelled by vivid red grid, bottom stamp has face-free red cancel, sharp part strike of "America" transit datestamp in blue, tiny trivial corner crease at top left

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN PAIRS OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

Vertical multiples of the 12c 1851 are scarcer than horizontal pairs. The vertical format, intensity of impression, margins and colorful cancels leave nothing to be desired in this pair.

Ex Cohen, Zoellner, Geary and Sharrer. With 1998 and 2009 P.F. certificates

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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400
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 400, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 97-99R1, horizontal strip of three with huge 15mm bottom sheet margin, clear margins other sides, two strikes of Texas town circular datestamp, creases, Very Fine appearing and striking strip with such a huge sheet margin, ex Ishikawa

E. 750-1,000
900
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401
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 401, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 37-40L1, horizontal strip of four with right interpane margin and centerline, other sides full to ample, two strikes of town circular datestamp, Very Fine and attractive position piece

E. 750-1,000
1,900
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402
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 402, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 4R1, double transfer, huge margins including large part of adjoining stamp at left and traces of three others at bottom and right, intense shade beautifully contrasted by red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND HUGE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE CANCELLED IN RED.

With 1986 and 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
4,750
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403
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 403, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 9R1, huge margins including significant portions of adjoining stamps at sides, intense shade and impression, multiple strikes of red and blue Cincinnati circular datestamps, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning stamp and very unusual with red and blue cancels which were both applied at Cincinnati, ex Saadi, with 1987 and 1991 P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
750
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404
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 404, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 9L1 with double transfer, large margins all around, bright shade and crisp impression, neat grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, ex Saadi, with 1989 P.F. certificate

275
1,900
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405
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 405, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 3R1, double transfer, margins all around, grid cancel, Very Fine

250
250
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406
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 406, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black, Triple Transfer (17), 12c Black, Triple Transfer (17)12c Black, Triple Transfer (17). Position 5R1, large margins to ample at bottom right with trace of adjoining stamp at lower right, additional lines show in labels, right frame and upper left margin (as additional guide dots, only copies of this stamp with large top margin show this), circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine example of this desirable position, the Scott Catalogue lists only this position and 49R1 out of 200 positions on the sheet as triple transfers

425
275
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407
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 407, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black, Very Thin Paper (17 var), 12c Black, Very Thin Paper (17 var)12c Black, Very Thin Paper (17 var). Ample to clear margins, fine impression typical of printing on thin paper, blue town cancel, Very Fine, with 2013 P.S.A.G. certificate

1,750
350
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408
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 408, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 96L1, vertical pre-printing paper fold at left, margins to touched at upper left, grid cancel, Very Fine and unusual variety on the 12c 1851

E. 300-400
500
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409
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 409, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 71R1, large to full margins all around, intense shade contrasted by red "10" in circle numeral cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2012 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

E. 500-750
1,300
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410
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 410, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 68L1, stitch watermark, large top margin with portion of adjoining stamp, other sides full to ample, complete strike of Chicopee Mass. 6-Point Star of David fancy cancel, Very Fine, this cancel is commonly found on the 1c and 3c 1851 values but this is the only example of the 12c listed in Power Search, ex C. T. Church, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
1,900
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411
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 411, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Full to large margins, centrally struck complete 5-point Star fancy cancel, couple small thin spots, Very Fine strike, fancy cancels are rarely encountered on the 12c 1851 Issue

E. 300-400
225
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412
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 412, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Full margins all around, fine impression, striking dark blue Cincinnati O. circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful stamp, with 1987 P.F. certificate

265
500
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413
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 413, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 66-67R1, horizontal pair, right stamp double transfer, large margins to clear in bottom corners, unusual red "Paid/24" in oval cancel, right stamp small corner crease at top right, Very Fine, a lovely pair, ex Caspary and Dick, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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414
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 414, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 93-94R1, horizontal pair, full margins to barely in at lower right corner, two strikes of red "19" credit handstamp, Very Fine and attractive pair, ex Moody, Caspary, Dick, Haas, Grunin and Klein, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
3,500
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415
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 415, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 43-44R1, horizontal pair, right stamp plate scratch on Washington's forehead, full to ample margins, lightly struck blue town datestamp, Very Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
850
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416
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 416, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 44-45L1, horizontal pair, large margins to clear including part of adjoining stamps at sides, pretty shade, light strike of circular datestamp and bold strikes of British "10" in oval grid receiving cancels, Very Fine, scarce cancel, ex Matthies, Grunin, Koppersmith and Saadi, with 1977 and 2014 P.F. certificates

E. 400-500
600
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417
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 417, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 10/20R1, vertical pair, large margins to ample including part of top right corner sheet margins, circular datestamp cancels, Very Fine, vertical pairs of the 12c 1851 Issue are much scarcer than horizontal pairs

575
650
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418
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Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 418, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Two blocks of four which originally formed a block of eight, left block Positions 87-88/97-98L1, right block Positions 85-86/95-96L1, large margins to in, both tied by vivid red segmented cork cancels on large part of blued folded cover from the Rathbone correspondence, backflap is still attached, top right stamp in left block affected by a small tear/cut in margin just into frameline at bottom

FINE AND SPECTACULAR PAIR OF BLOCKS OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, USED ON A LARGE PART OF A COVER AND CANCELLED IN VIVID RED.

From the Rathbone correspondence, which surfaced through Robson Lowe in London in 1975. Ex Ishikawa and from our 1976 Rarities sale. Scott value $11,240.00 for two blocks with red cancel

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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419
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Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 419, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 81-84/91-94R1, horizontal block of eight, large margins all around to just into frameline at lower right of Position 94, cancelled by lightly struck Philadelphia circular datestamp, fresh in every respect

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USED BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. ONE OF THE LARGEST AND FINEST USED MULTIPLES EXTANT.

Ex Caspary, Dick, B. D. Phillips and Bechtel. From our 1993 Rarities sale. Scott value $11,000.00 as two blocks of four

E. 4,000-5,000
10,500
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420
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Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 420, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 7-10/37-40L1, block of 16, mostly full margins to in at just a couple places, 11-bar circular grid cancels, faults including heavy partially broken crease in left column, tear in Position 17, couple rust-covered pinholes in Position 18

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE SECOND LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

This block of 16 is the second largest used multiple of the 12c 1851 Issue. The Mortimer Neinken collection contained a 9-by-2 block of 18 (Sale 384, lot 200), which was removed from a large cover before 1951 and is ex Col. Tracy and Jessup. We presume this is the item that is listed in U.S. Stamp Facts as a block of 18 on cover. The largest surviving on-cover block is a block of six in the Charles A. Hirzel collection at the Swiss Museum of Communications in Berne, Switzerland. There is also a strip of six on cover in the James A. Allen collection.

Ex Leon Adutt (Morgenthau sale, June 26-27, 1923--it realized $1,025 in this sale nearly 100 years ago) and Ishikawa. Scott value as four used blocks is $22,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
10,000
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421
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 421, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black, Printed on Both Sides (17c), 12c Black, Printed on Both Sides (17c)12c Black, Printed on Both Sides (17c). Printed in the same orientation as design on the front, back of stamp shows designs of four separate stamps, the two at top are clear and bold, with "Cents" and "Twelve" as well as one Washington portrait perfectly clear, face of stamp with margins to in at bottom where slightly roughly separated, grid cancel, small corner crease and light vertical crease not mentioned on accompanying P.F. certificate

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH THE DESIGN PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES. THIS IS ALSO ONE OF ONLY TWO SHOWING A CLEAR POSITIVE PORTRAIT OF THE WASHINGTON VIGNETTE ON THE REVERSE. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE 1851 ISSUE.

Engraved stamps printed on both sides usually have a poor impression on one side and a second, complete impression on the other. They probably occurred when a sheet was printed without proper moistening, which prevented the paper from picking up the ink in the recessed lines of the engraved plate. The variety is known on the three denominations issued in 1851--1c, 3c and 12c--but not on the imperforate stamps issued in 1855 (10c) and 1856 (5c).

Reports have varied as to how many copies of the 12c 1851 printed on both sides are known. Brookman reported that he knew of four. We have only been able to locate three complete stamps, plus a bisected stamp, which cannot be verified as a bisect since it is not on a cover. Therefore our census records four, or more accurately three and a half examples of this rarity. It is not known unused. Our census of Scott 17c can be found at: http://siegelauctions.com/census/us/17c . This stamp is one of two, along with census no. CAN-01, which show a clear portion of Washington's face on the reverse. The third complete stamp, census no. CAN-03 has a faint Washington portrait. The bisect, census no. CAN-04, does not include Washington's face.

Siegel census no. 17c-CAN-02. Ex Worthington, Stephen D. Brown and Ishikawa, and from our 1971 Rarities sale. With clear 1993 P.F. certificate

Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 421, Twelve-Cent: Off-Cover (Scott 17)12c Black, Printed on Both Sides (17c), 12c Black, Printed on Both Sides (17c)
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40,000
7,500
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