Sale 1239 — 2021 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Thursday, 24 June, 2021
Category — 1861-68 Issues
EXTREMELY FINE. AN INCALCULABLY RARE CENTERED MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF SCOTT 64 EXTANT.
The 1861 3c Pink, Scott 64, is one of the most difficult stamps of the 1861-66 Issue to find in sound, well-centered, original-gum condition. As difficult as that is, finding one in Mint N.H. condition is another matter entirely. We have never offered a Mint N.H. example in any condition since keeping computerized records in 1993 or in Rarities sales going back to 1964. This example is not only Mint N.H., it is sound and with very choice centering. This is a true condition rarity of the 1861 Issue and a stamp destined for a connoisseur of classic philately.
With 2021 P.F. certificate (NH, XF 90). Scott value as hinged
VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF WITH PART ORIGINAL GUM.
The 5c Buff and its shade varieties (Brown Yellow and Olive Yellow) are recognized as being among the rarest of 1861-66 Issue stamps in sound original-gum condition. Perhaps the only shade varieties rarer than the 5c Buff are the 3c Pigeon Blood Pink and 24c Blackish Violet (Scott 64a and 78c), but Scott 67 is a major listing and is, therefore, more significant to completion of the series.
With 2021 P.F. certificate. Scott value $27,500.00 with original gum and $11,500.00 unused (no gum)
VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST 1861 ISSUE STAMPS IN SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c). All four are rare, especially in sound original-gum condition.
With 1987 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE 24-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE PALE GRAY VIOLET SHADE ON THIN PAPER IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT SHADES TO OBTAIN IN ORIGINAL-GUM AND CENTERED CONDITION. A GREAT RARITY OF THE 1861 ISSUE.
The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d -- the shade offered here) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c). All four are rare, especially in original-gum condition.
A review of our computerized records shows we have only offered three other original-gum examples of Scott 70d in the past 20 years, each of which had certificates noting various problems. The ex-Whitman copy, sold in our recent auction of the Petersen collection (Sale 1234, lot 94) is certified as disturbed original gum with light overall gum staining -- with Very Fine and choice appearance it still realized $57,500 hammer. Scott 70d may well be the rarest of the 1861 Issue shades to obtain with original gum.
With 2020 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS BLOCK IS BY FAR THE BEST CENTERED OF THE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCKS KNOWN TO US.
Ex Worthington (as a block of six), Caspary, Lilly, 1978 Rarities sale, Bustillo and Gross. With 1985 P.F. certificate. Scott value $8,250.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1868 ONE-CENT E GRILL, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 1999 P.F. and 2004 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,850.00). Only seven grade higher (three at 98 and four at 95J) and three others share this desirable grade.
VERY FINE. A FRESH AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT F GRILL.
This stamp is infrequently found with original gum and a Power Search review of examples we have sold reveals that when it is found, more often than not it has faults, poor centering or both. The P.S.E. Population Report also bears this out as only two Scott 100s are graded with original gum -- at 50 and this stamp at 80.
With 2021 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF 80; SMQ $10,500.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTREMELY RARE JUMBO-MARGINED AND CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE.
The 1c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions) and 3,195 of the 1c were sold.
With 2020 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). The populations of Scott 102 with original gum in the P.F. and P.S.E. databases reveal a surprising fact. While there are stamps graded higher by P.S.E. (four at 98), this is the only stamp to receive a Jumbo appellation from either expertizing service at any grade level. It is also the highest graded by the P.F. with none equal
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK RE-ISSUE. ONLY 26 ARE CONTAINED IN OUR CENSUS.
The 2c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). Only 979 of the 2c were sold; the remaining 9,021 were destroyed on July 16, 1884. The 2c plate can be easily identified by a spot on the cheek. Our census of Scott 103 used, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/103 , records only 26 examples.
Census no. 103-CAN-08. Ex Haas ("Country Gentleman", Siegel Sale 418). With 1972 P.F. certificate