Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022

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Category — 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
629
 
Sale 1255, Lot 629, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)1c Blue, Re-Issue (102). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, gorgeous centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, light strike of Mass. circular datestamp cancel, examination of the cancel at retroreveal.org indicates an 1883 yeardate at center

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

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). 3,195 of the 1c were sold, by far the largest quantity of any denomination of the set. The remaining 6,805 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 102 used, at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/102 , contains 54 used examples. Census no. 102-CAN-30. With 2004 P.F. certificate

1,700
1,800
630
 
Sale 1255, Lot 630, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)2c Black, Re-Issue (103). Intense shade and impression, choice centering for this difficult issue with well-balanced margins, segemented cork cancel, diagonal crease at bottom, thinned at top right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK RE-ISSUE. ONLY 28 USED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, AND THIS IS CENTERED BETTER THAN MOST.

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, at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/103 , records only 28 examples. It is known with a variety of cancels. Approximately half are sound but several of those are not well-centered. The stamp offered here, with a well-struck contemporary cancel, is centered better than most.

Census no. 103-CAN-23. With 2009 P.F. certificate

10,500
5,000
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631
 
Sale 1255, Lot 631, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)3c Brown Red, Re-Issue (104). Deep rich color and proof-like impression, three wide margins, neat strike of duplex cancel, thin at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE. ONLY 24 USED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

The 3c Re-Issue was printed from one of the original plates, which contained 200 subjects in two panes. 10,000 were printed (50 impressions). Only 465 of the 3c were sold; the remaining 9,535 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 104 used, at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/104 , records 24 examples, plus one with a non-contemporary cancel (not shown). Only seven are confirmed as sound, and several of those are off-center.

Census no. 104-CAN-22. With 2008 P.F. certificate.

13,000
7,000
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632
 
Sale 1255, Lot 632, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)5c Brown, Re-Issue (105). Pretty shade, wide margins and sharp impression on fresh paper, cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE. ONLY 40 USED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

The 5c Re-Issue was printed from a new plate of 100 subjects, compared to the original plate of 200 in two panes. The Re-Issue plate can be identified by a notch at bottom. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). Only 672 of the 5c were sold; the remaining 9,328 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 105 used, at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/105 , records only 40 examples. Approximately half are sound. Census no. 105-CAN-29. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

6,000
5,250
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633
 
Sale 1255, Lot 633, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)10c Green, Re-Issue (106). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENALLY RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE, WITH JUMBO MARGINS AND PERFECT CENTERING, RICH COLOR, AND IN SOUND CONDITION. ONLY FIVE USED EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED AND THIS IS ONE OF THE TWO FINEST. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GORHAM COLLECTION.

The 10c 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 451 of the 10c were sold; the remaining 9,549 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 106 used, at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/106 , records only five examples. Three are sound and two have small faults. The example offered here and the ex Zoellner -- "Natalee Grace" copy are the two finest.

The 10c has the lowest survival rate (after the 90c) of any of the Re-Issues, which is surprising, because after June 1, 1867, the registry fee could be paid by stamps, and the 10c fee was in effect when the 10c 1861 Re-Issue was in circulation.

Census no. 106-CAN-03. Ex Mayer and Bakwin. With 1974 and 2015 P.F. certificates

115,000
85,000
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634
 
Sale 1255, Lot 634, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)12c Black, Re-Issue (107). Intense shade and impression on bright paper, well-balanced margins, bold strike of duplex cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE. ONLY 16 ARE INCLUDED IN OUR CENSUS, OF WHICH ONLY SEVEN ARE CONFIRMED AS SOUND.

The 12c 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 389 of the 12c were sold; the remaining 9,611 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 107 used, at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/107 , records only 16 examples. Of these, only nine are potentially sound. Two of the nine have not been examined since the early 1970s and are not confirmed as sound, leaving only seven confirmed sound copies. We have offered only one other sound example since 2013.

Census no. 107-CAN-09. With 1998 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ $17,500.00).

12,000
9,000
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635
 
Sale 1255, Lot 635, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)15c Black, Re-Issue (108). Detailed impression on crisp paper, bold strike of "2" in oval grid duplex cancel of New York

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1866 RE-ISSUE. ONLY SIXTEEN ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

The 15c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate of 200 subjects. 10,000 stamps were printed (50 impressions). Only 397 of the 15c were sold; the remaining 9,603 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 108 used, at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/107 , records only sixteen examples.

Census no. 108-CAN-13. Ex Merlin. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (F-VF 75). Only two used copies are graded (both at 75). The SMQ value of $26,000.00 -- less than Scott -- is misleading, since there is no example of Scott 108 graded higher than F-VF 75, and the stamp offered here is Very Fine by any standards and historically Extremely Fine for this issue. Even by P.S.E. standards, this stamp should grade VF 80, but we feel that they punish 1861 Re-Issues because of the normal grid and oval cancellations.

35,000
23,000
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636
 
Sale 1255, Lot 636, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)24c Deep Violet, Re-Issue (109). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, unobtrusive strike of New York oval grid cancel, well-balanced margins, small filled thin spot at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE. ONLY FOURTEEN USED COPIES ARE CONTAINED IN OUR CENSUS.

The 24c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate of 200 subjects. A total of 10,000 was printed (50 impressions). Only 346 of the 24c were sold; the remaining 9,654 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 109 used, at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/109 , records only fourteen copies. This denomination ranks third in rarity after the 90c and 10c.

Census no. 109-CAN-11. Ex Mayer and Curtis. With 1990 P.S.E. and 1997 A.P.S. certificates as sound. With 2014 P.F. certificate mentioning the small fault.

16,500
8,500
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637
 
Sale 1255, Lot 637, 1875 Re-Issue of 1861-66 Issue (Scott 102-111)30c Brownish Orange, Re-Issue (110). Deep rich color and beautiful clear impression, sharp strike of duplex cancel

VERY FINE. THE 30-CENT 1861 RE-ISSUE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DENOMINATIONS TO OBTAIN IN SOUND USED CONDITION WITH DECENT CENTERING. ONLY 22 IN TOTAL ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, AND OF THESE ONLY THREE ARE CONFIRMED AS SOUND. THIS STAMP IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

The 30c Re-Issue was printed from the original plate of 200 subjects. A total of 10,000 was printed (50 impressions). Only 346 of the 30c were sold; the remaining 9,654 were destroyed on July 16, 1884.

Our census of Scott 110 used, at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/110 , records only 22 copies (including one in the Benjamin K. Miller collection at The New York Public Library). Of these only three are confirmed as sound. Two copies (census nos. 08 and the Miller copy) have not been examined in several decades, so their condition is unconfirmed. The narrow space between stamps resulted in most copies with perforations touching or cutting into the design. The example offered here, in sound condition and with far better centering than most, is tied with the "Natalee Grace" copy as the finest in existence.

Census no. 110-CAN-03. Ex Twigg-Smith, Mayer and Bakwin. With 1984 and 2015 P.F. certificates

16,500
17,000
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