Sale 1278 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 March, 2023
Category — 1857-60 Issue and 1857 Reprint (Scott 18-47)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND AND CENTERED UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Although Plate 4 was designed with sufficient space to accommodate perforations, the height of the top row and bottom row positions resulted in the perforations often cutting into the design at either top or bottom. For this reason, stamps from the bottom row of Plate 4 with perforations clear of the design are especially desirable, since the characteristics of the type are complete (Type Ia) or nearly complete (Type Ic) at bottom. The stamp offered here is an extremely rare centered, sound unused example.
Ex Little. With 2015 P.F. certificate (VF 80).
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Although Plate 4 was designed with sufficient space to accommodate perforations, the height of the top row and bottom row positions resulted in the perforations often cutting into the design at either top or bottom.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND WELL-CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 TYPE Ic.
This stamp is far scarcer than its catalogue or SMQ values would suggest, especially with four margins in sound condition.
With 2022 plating certificate from the One Cent Franklin Plating Archive. With 2023 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $9,750.00). Only four used examples of Scott 19b have even been deemed worthy of P.S.E. grading by their owners. Apart from this VF-XF 85 grade, there exist single examples at 95, 80 and 70.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE P.F. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADED MINT NEVER-HINGED SCOTT 35 WE HAVE EVER OFFERED.
This is, in fact, the highest grade either the Philatelic Foundation or Professional Stamp Experts has given to a Mint N.H. No. 35 (90 is the highest in the P.S.E. population report).
With 2021 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95). This is the highest grade awarded. Neither Scott nor SMQ price this in Mint N.H. condition. Scott value as hinged
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 1.
With 1994 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,750.00). Only three grade higher (at 98).
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 2022 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
This is the ideal stamp for the condition conscious collector who values choice centering above original gum. With 1989 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificate (NG, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,250.00). Only one unused Scott 39 grades higher in the P.S.E. Population Report -- a no-gum example at 98. The highest original gum grade is 95.