Sale 1234 — The Gary Petersen Collection of Important United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 29-30 April, 2021

Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
24
c
Sale 1234, Lot 24, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. Ib-Ib-I (5A-5A-5). Positions 5-7R1E, horizontal strip of three, the right stamp Type I, wide margin at right, cut in deeply at top and slightly at bottom though showing most of bottom right plume of the Type I stamp, tied by blue "Skaneateles N.Y. Mar. 13" (1852) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Dayton N.Y., some toning affects strip, slight crease in left stamp (Ty. Ib)

FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE I IMPERFORATE ON COVER. 7R1E IS THE ONLY POSITION WITH THE COMPLETE DIE DESIGN. ACCORDING TO THE WAGSHAL CENSUS, THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BEARING A STRIP OF THREE WITH POSITIONS 5-6-7R1E, AND IT IS THE ONLY STRIP ON COVER CANCELLED IN BLUE.

The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal (available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/5 ), contains at least 98 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills. The census lists a total of 23 examples of Position 7R1E on cover. Of these, only nine are used in a strip of three. Of the nine covers, this is the only example recorded bearing these three positions, and it is the only 7R1E strip on cover cancelled in blue.

Wagshal census no. 5-COV-081. From our 1975 Rarities sale. Signed Ashbrook and with his notes on back. Scott value $110,000.00

E. 15,000-20,000
22,000
25
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Sale 1234, Lot 25, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A). Position 5R1E, unused (no gum), large margins to clear including top sheet margin, brilliant color, faint corner crease at top right, light diagonal crease (more of a wrinkle about halfway across), faint vertical scoring line at left entirely in margin

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib IMPERFORATE ISSUE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES CLASSICS TO OBTAIN IN UNUSED CONDITION.

Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib--Positions 3-6R and 8-9R--distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were burnished away.

A thorough search of past auctions for unused examples of Scott 5A and our own extensive records produced a result that surprised us. The unique block of eight from Plate 1E contains Position 7R1E (Scott 5) and five Type Ib stamps (with faults). The famous ex-Waterhouse copy of Position 7R1E is joined with a pair of Type Ib stamps (this unused unit is currently owned by William H. Gross). The multiples, containing a total of seven Type Ib stamps, really do not fit the needs of collectors who want a single unused example of Scott 5A. We located only four other unused singles, and we were surprised at the conspicuous absence of any unused Scott 5A stamps in major name sales.

Ex Hoffman. With 2008 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue value is grossly misleading given the rarity of this stamp -- Scott 6 in unused condition catalogues nearly twice as much, yet it is not as rare as Scott 5A.

12,000
35,000
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26
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Sale 1234, Lot 26, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6). Position 92R4, unused (traces of original gum), large margin at right, other sides in, deep rich Plate 4 color, completely sound

FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE STAMP -- ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN UNUSED CONDITION.

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).

Ex Hoffman and "Laila". With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott value with original gum is $45,000.00. Scott value as no gum

20,000
12,500
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Sale 1234, Lot 27, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Position 69L4, unused (no gum), large to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom and showing clear characteristics of the type, deep rich color and fantastic early impression from the reworked plate

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III. A SCARCE ISSUE IN UNUSED CONDITION WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS.

Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The example offered here, with wide breaks in both lines, is a great rarity.

A Power Search review demonstrates how rare this is in unused condition. We have offered only four singles in sound original-gum condition. Examples without gum in sound condition with four margins are also exceedingly rare.

Ex Geisler and "Laila". With 1981, 1992 and 2007 P.F. certificates

7,500
12,500
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Sale 1234, Lot 28, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 4, unused (no gum), wide break at top and complete outer line at bottom, large margins on three sides, ample to clear at left, wonderful deep rich color in the classic Plate 4 shade, proof-like impression on fresh and bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IIIa IN THIS CHOICE UNUSED CONDITION ARE VERY RARE.

Ex Hansen. With 1992 P.F. certificate

2,250
3,500
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29
ogbl
Sale 1234, Lot 29, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Positions 27-28/37-38R1L, block of four, original gum, paper h.r. at top, rich color, top pair with large margins to ample at upper left, bottom pair with large margins to just in at bottom, vertical crease affects the right pair, overall Fine-Very Fine, with 2004 A.P.S. certificate

3,500
1,300
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Sale 1234, Lot 30, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Unused (no gum), wonderful depth of color, full margins to just clear at right and top left, fresh and Fine, with 1986 P.F. certificate (as No. 10 before Types I and II were separately listed)

1,600
1,300
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Sale 1234, Lot 31, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)5c Red Brown (12). Unused (no gum), full margins to ample, deep rich color and clear impression

VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE -- A STAMP WHICH IS MISSING FROM MANY ADVANCED UNUSED COLLECTIONS.

With 1977 and 2007 P.F. certificates

11,000
6,250
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Sale 1234, Lot 32, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Position 91R1, unused (no gum), dark color with immense margins almost all around clearly displaying the characteristics of the type and with part of the adjoining stamp at top, proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE I. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE FROM THE CORNER SHEET-MARGIN POSITION.

From our 2005 Rarities sale and ex "Laila". Small purple backstamp. With 1986 P.F. and 1991 P.S.E. certificates

8,500
5,000
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Sale 1234, Lot 33, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Unused (no gum), large even margins, proof-like impression, deep rich color on crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III.

From our 1993 and 2007 Rarities sales. With 1992 P.F. certificate

1,800
4,750
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Sale 1234, Lot 34, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 86L1, recut at top, unused (no gum), large margins all around, rich color, faint diagonal surface scrape in vignette is barely noticeable

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE LARGE-MARGINED UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IV.

10c 1855 Type IV stamps are defined by the recut of one or both outer lines at the top or bottom of the design. Type IV stamps come from only seven scattered positions on the left pane and one position on the right pane of Plate 1. Therefore, only 4% of the stamps produced from Plate 1 were Type IV.

Ex Geisler and "Laila". With 1991 and 2007 P.F. certificates.

15,000
15,000
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35
og
Sale 1234, Lot 35, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)12c Black (17). Original gum, lightly hinged, large margins to ample at sides, intense shade and proof-like impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. SCARCE IN SUCH WONDERFUL CONDITION.

As multiples demonstrate, the spacing between stamps on the 12c plate was very narrow. Sound original-gum examples with four margins are great rarities, and most have been harvested from larger multiples.

Ex Hansen. With 2002 P.F. certificate

6,250
5,750
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36
 
Sale 1234, Lot 36, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, full to huge margins including parts of four adjacent stamps, deep shade, neat strikes of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

Ex Hansen. With 2004 P.F. certificate

575
1,100
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37
 
Sale 1234, Lot 37, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, huge margins all around including traces of four adjacent stamps, grid cancels, Extremely Fine, a wonderful quality used pair, ex Hansen, with 1989 P.F. certificate

575
700
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38
 
Sale 1234, Lot 38, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at bottom right and right sheet margin, intense shade and impression, town circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine and choice pair, ex Twigg-Smith and Hansen, with 1986 P.F. certificate

575
600
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39
 
Sale 1234, Lot 39, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)12c Black (17). Horizontal strip of four with huge bottom sheet margin, other sides mostly clear to ample, slightly in at top right, deep shade, grid cancels with trace of blue cancel in margin, certificate mentions trivial crease in one stamp and corner of sheet margin, still Very Fine, an impressive sheet-margin multiple of the 12c 1851 Issue, ex Hansen, with 2004 P.F. certificate, Scott value as two pairs does not reflect its rarity (a block of four catalogues $5,500.00)

1,150
1,900
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