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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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