VERY FINE AND SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, ONE OF THE RARITIES FURNISHED BY PLATE FOUR.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
With 1992 and 2020 P.F. certificates (VF 80)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II, GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. AND GEM 100 JUMBO BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. THIS IS VERY RARE AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE FROM PLATE 3.
With 2011 P.F. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo). With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Gem 100; SMQ $18,000.00 as most common plate). Among P.S.E. graded stamps from all plates, only one grades higher and two others share this grade. Scott assigns a 100% premium to No. 7 from Plate 3 versus Plates 1E and 2.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED JUMBO EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II.
With 2020 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $3,000.00).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IIIa FROM PLATE 4, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Type IIIa is defined as having a break in outer lines at either top or bottom. The example offered here, which shows the bottom line complete and top line with wide break, is a superb example of the type. Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April-June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa).
With 2021 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $16,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only two others
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 TYPE II ISSUE, WHICH HAS RECEIVED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO FROM P.S.E.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $1,850.00 as 100). The P.S.E. Population Report records one hinged and three Mint N.H. examples of the 3c 1851 Type I (Scott 11) graded 100J. They also record two hinged and one Mint N.H. examples of the Type II (Scott 11A). This is the only hinged example of either Type I or II we have offered in this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE BOTTOM SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE IN UNUSED CONDITION.
This issue is extremely difficult to obtain in unused condition with four margins. This is the only unused sheet margin example we have encountered. Accompanied by typed note to which this was once affixed reading "This 5c stamp has been kept by Martin V. Ewbanks, a private in Co. "H" 21st Reg't, Ind. Vol. Inft'y ever since he was discarges July 31st 1864".
With 2001 A.P.S. certificate. Scott value as original gum $30,000.00, as without gum
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB SHEET-MARGIN USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
Ex Mayer. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,850.00).
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I.
Type I stamps come from the bottom 20 positions of the plate. They are the only stamps to show the design complete at bottom. For some reason the sheet margin at bottom was often trimmed away, leaving a dearth of quality copies. The Type IV stamps come from only eight positions, but we would rank the two types equally in terms of the rarity of sound four-margined unused copies.
With 2020 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $12,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to an unused example of this issue and it is equaled by only one other
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I.
The 10c Type I stamps are defined as having complete scrolls at bottom. They are only found on the bottom row of the plate (20 positions). This example, with large margins and a face-free cancel, is particularly desirable.
With 1986, 2002 P.F. and 2019 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00). Only six stamps grade higher
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE IV.
A review using Power Search reveals how rare this better type is in Mint N.H. condition. We have sold only two other examples -- the last realized $8,000 hammer in our Sale 1227 and it was not as well-centered as this stamp.
With 2021 P.F. certificate (VF 80). Scott value as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN WITH A VIVID RED CANCEL.
The 5c Orange Brown is scarcer used than unused, due to its short life while it was valid for postage and the recovery of stocks of unused stamps from southern post offices after the Civil War. Examples in this choice sound used condition are rare. This stamp is remarkably fresh from a new find in Europe.
With 2021 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,300.00). Only four examples grade higher (at 95) and only three others share this grade