Sale 1231 — The James P. Myerson Collection of Superb United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 9-10 February, 2021
Category — 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)
FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Although Plate 4 was designed with sufficient space to accommodate perforations, the height of the top row and bottom row positions resulted in the perforations often cutting into the design at either top or bottom.
With 2007 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A CHALLENGING ISSUE RARELY SEEN WITH SUCH BEAUTIFUL COLOR AND CANCELLATION.
Ex "European Connoisseur"
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CARRIER DATESTAMP.
Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on a portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the type characteristics are clearly visible.
With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
Plates 11 and 12 were probably made in June 1860, with less than six months left in Toppan Carpenter's contract. Stamps from these plates frequently have poor centering. The example offered here, with bright color, balanced margins and a light cancel, is truly remarkable.
Ex Merlin and "Natalee Grace". With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,550.00). Only two grade higher (both 95J).
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IV.
With 1983 P.F., 2003 and 2019 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $3,150.00). Only four grade higher (all at 95).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE V, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,750.00). Only one stamp grades higher (at 98J) and no other stamp shares this grade
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE V, CANCELLED IN RED.
With 2014 P.S.A.G. certificate (98 used)
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED WITH OUTSTANDING COLOR, CENTERING AND RED CANCELLATION.
With 2017 P.S.A.G. certificate (85 used)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY ONE OTHER. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS AND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
Due to the narrow spacing between stamps on the plate, the perforations often touch or go into the outer portion of the design on one or more sides. The example offered here, with perfect centering and deep rich color, is a true condition rarity.
Ex Kirke. With 2000 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $27,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other example has achieved this grade, a statistic that has not changed since 2010.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND VIBRANT SHADE OF INDIAN RED, THE MOST DESIRABLE COLOR VARIETY OF THE 5-CENT 1857 ISSUE.
We removed this stamp from a piece addressed to France with a 10c Green, Ty. III (33). The additional stamp (Scott value $190.00) and piece accompany this beautiful 5c Indian Red.
Ex "European Connoisseur'. With 2015 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN WITH A VIVID RED CANCEL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
5c stamps in the Orange Brown shade (Scott 30) were printed from Plate 2 in 1861 (EDU is May 8). They were the last stamps of the 1857 Issue distributed before the U.S. Post Office Department demonetized all circulating stamps in August 1861, in order to prevent their use in the seceded states. Given the short period of time they could be used, the 5c Orange Brown (like the 90c) is very scarce in used condition. It is much more plentiful in unused condition due to leftover supplies found in Southern post offices after the Civil War.
Ex Lewis Hall. With 2001 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $10,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only three others
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,300.00 for normal cancel). Only five examples grade higher (highest is 95)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE II, WITH A BOLD RED CANCEL AND GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Ex Dr. Dauer and Merlin. With 2004 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $11,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares it, offered in the following lot
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE II, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Ex Morton. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $11,000.00). A 2009 P.F. certificate graded XF-Superb 95 no longer accompanies -- but we feel P.S.E. got it right with this stamp. Superb 98 is the highest grade awarded in the P.S.E. Population Report, and it is shared by only one other, offered in the previous lot
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV FROM THE ONLY POSITION RECUT AT BOTH TOP AND BOTTOM -- CANCELLED IN RED AND GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E.
The 1857 10c Type IV stamps come from only eight positions scattered throughout Plate 1, that have the top, bottom, or in the case of Position 64L (the stamp offered here), both lines recut. 64L1 is the only position to show both lines recut and as such it is the best example of the type. Only 4% of all 10c Plate 1 stamps produced were Type IV, and an even smaller percentage was issued with perforations.
With 1987 P.F., 1995 and 2003 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $6,000.00 without regard to the double recut). There are four stamps in the P.S.E. Population Report graded higher than this example -- at 95. We have offered two of them and neither is from Position 64L. This is the highest graded example of this premium position we have offered
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE PERFORATED 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, AND IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
The most recent scholarship regarding the Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. plates used to print the 12c 1851-57 Issue is clearly articulated by James A. Allen in "The 1851 Imperforate (Scott U.S. #17): Plating Updated and Additional New Findings" (The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: a Sesquicentennial Retrospective, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society). Traditionally, the 12c plates are identified as Plate 1 (from which all imperforate and some perforated stamps were printed), Plate 2 (evidently never used) and Plate 3 (which produced stamps that were only regularly issued with perforations). It is highly probable that Plate "3" was the first one made in 1851, but it was put aside and not used until 1859.
Plate 3 stamps (Scott 36B) are characterized primarily by uneven or broken outer framelines of the design. The subjects on Plate 1, which produced Scott Nos. 17 and 36, have even framelines that were extensively recut. Plate 3 stamps with the centering and wide margins evident in this example are very scarce.
Ex Drucker and "Natalee Grace". With 1982 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is equaled by no others
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
The 24c stamps were not printed and put into use until July 1860 (earliest documented use is July 7). The issue was demonetized thirteen months later. The 24c denomination matched the U.S.-G.B. treaty rate, and the stamp was primarily used on letters to England. These circumstances of a short life and limited use, combined with Toppan Carpenter's typically erratic perforating, are the reasons why superb used examples of the 24c 1860 are so difficult to find.
Ex "Natalee Grace". With 1999 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $8,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only five others share this desirable grade.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 REPRINT, GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E.
The narrow spaces between stamps on the 12c 1857 Reprint plate allowed almost no room for large 12-gauge perforations, and the Reprints were generally perforated into parts of the design. Only 489 were sold, and examples such as this, with the framelines complete on all four sides, are extremely rare.
With 2018 P.F. and 2019 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $8,500.00). Only one has graded slightly higher (at 90J) and only three others share this grade.