Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022

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Category — Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Unused Multiples (Scott 36B)

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Sale 1265, Lot 773, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Unused Multiples (Scott 36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Positions 51-53/61-63/71-73R3, block of nine with natural interpane straight edge at left, unused (no gum), deep shade, Fine-Very Fine, a beautiful unused block of the 12c 1857 from Plate 3, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value for original-gum block of four is $5,000.00, a single without gum is $325.00

Bid on this lot

E. 1,500-2,000
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774
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Sale 1265, Lot 774, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Unused Multiples (Scott 36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Positions 66-68/76-78L3, horizontal block of six, extra vertical ruled line between subjects at right (67-68/77-78L3), original gum, several hinge remnants and reinforced perfs, well-centered, deep shade, a couple of spots of missing gum and possibly slight thin in two stamps

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF THE 12-CENT 1857 FROM PLATE 3 WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND AN INTERESTING PLATE VARIETY -- THIS IS THE LARGEST BLOCK FROM THE LEFT PANE OF PLATE 3 RECORDED BY ALLEN.

The panes of the 12c 1857 discovered in remainders returned from Southern post offices and sold to Ferdinand Trifet in 1878 evidently were mostly right panes from Plate 3, and almost all had the gum removed because they were stuck together. This block is exceptional because it comes from the left pane and also because it has original gum. The double frameline and extra ruled line varieties are found only on the left pane. The ruled line between columns 7 and 8 is often confused with an interpane centerline.

Scott value $6,550.00 as a block and pair without the variety

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E. 1,500-2,000
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775
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Sale 1265, Lot 775, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Unused Multiples (Scott 36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Block of four from top two rows of left pane, positions undetermined by Allen but he notes no guide dots except one at lower right, original gum, minor hinge remnants, deep shade, Fine, scarce original-gum multiple from the left pane of Plate 3, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value $5,000.00

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E. 1,000-1,500
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776
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Sale 1265, Lot 776, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Unused Multiples (Scott 36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Positions 7-8/17-18R3, block of four, unused (no gum), well-centered with extra wide left margin, crisp shade, both stamps at top have two tears in each, bottom pair sound and otherwise Fine, Scott value $5,000.00 as original-gum block and $1,500.00 as four singles without gum

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E. 750-1,000
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777
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Sale 1265, Lot 777, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Unused Multiples (Scott 36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Positions 9-10/19-20L3, block of four with right straddle-pane and centerline, top sheet selvage showing plate scratches in blank area above Position 10L3, original gum, hinge remnants, unusually sharp impression, creases in selvage and couple small tears at right

FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING 12-CENT 1857 BLOCK FROM PLATE 3 AND VERY RARE ON THREE COUNTS -- ONE OF THE FEW KEY POSITION MULTIPLES KNOWN FROM THE LEFT PANE, AN UNUSUAL PLATE VARIETY AND STILL RETAINING ORIGINAL GUM (AS OPPOSED TO THE MULTIPLES SOAKED APART).

The 12c was printed from the new Plate 3 in 1860. In the fall of 1861, the federal government demonetized all previous issues of postage stamps and replaced them with new stamps that would be distributed only to post offices in loyal states. The purpose of demonetization was to prevent the South from using stamps as a medium of exchange. The demand for the high-denomination stamps in 1860 was limited, and the Civil War demonetization policy cut their lives short. Unused examples would be great rarities today if not for a cache of sheets discovered in Washington, D.C., which had been found in Southern post offices after the war and returned to the Post Office. These sheets were sold to dealer Ferdinand Trifet in 1878, and many of the unused stamps from late pre-war printings come from this source. Despite the survival of unused 1857-61 Issue remainders, key position multiples of Scott 36B from the left pane of Plate 3 are much rarer than those from the right pane.

Scott value $5,000.00 for an ordinary block with original gum.

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E. 2,000-3,000
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778
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Sale 1265, Lot 778, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Unused Multiples (Scott 36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Positions 29-30/39-40L3, block of four with right interpane margin and centerline, original gum, small hinge remnants, well-centered, deep shade

VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE 12-CENT 1857 BLOCK FROM PLATE 3 WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND INTERPANE CENTERLINE MARGIN.

The 12c was printed from the new Plate 3 in 1860. In the fall of 1861, the federal government demonetized all previous issues of postage stamps and replaced them with new stamps that would be distributed only to post offices in loyal states. The purpose of demonetization was to prevent the South from using stamps as a medium of exchange. The demand for the high-denomination stamps in 1860 was limited, and the Civil War demonetization policy cut their lives short. Unused examples would be great rarities today if not for a cache of sheets discovered in Washington, D.C., which had been found in Southern post offices after the war and returned to the Post Office. These sheets were sold to dealer Ferdinand Trifet in 1878, and many of the unused stamps from late pre-war printings come from this source. Despite the survival of unused 1857-61 Issue remainders, key position multiples of Scott 36B from the left pane of Plate 3 are much rarer than those from the right pane.

Ex Waterhouse (1955 sale) and Neinken as a block of eight. With 1972 P.F. certificate for the block of eight and Jim Allen's plating notes. Scott value $5,000.00 for an ordinary block with original gum.

Bid on this lot

E. 1,500-2,000
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