Sale 1289 — 2023 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2023
Category — 1861-66 Issue
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE FIRST DESIGN.
The 10c is the only denomination of the 1861-66 Issue that was actually issued in two types. Type I, Scott 62B, was printed from Plate 4. Type II stamps -- Scott 68 and its grilled counterparts -- were printed from Plates 15 and 26. It has been surmised that Type I was pressed into service to help fill strong demand for 10c stamps after demonetization of the earlier issue. The 10c stamps paid the transcontinental rate, the ship-letter rate and certain rates to foreign countries. The Plate 4 Type I stamps left very little space between the stamps for the 12-gauge perforation holes. Examples of Scott 62B are rarely seen with margins framing the design on all sides.
With 1997, 2003 and 2012 P.F. certificates (XF 90).
EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE COMBINATION OF 1861 ISSUES ON COVER TO FRANCE, INCLUDING THE 10-CENT FIRST DESIGN AND THE 5-CENT BUFF.
This franking paid 45c for triple the 15c treaty rate, with 36c credit for carriage by British packet steamer. It was carried on Cunarder Persia, departing New York Oct. 9, and arriving Queenstown Oct. 19.
FRESH AND VERY FINE COVER WITH THE RARE 3-CENT 1861 PIGEON BLOOD PINK.
With clear 2021 P.F. certificate. Signed Ashbrook with this notes calling it "Deep Pinkish Rose." Scott value $4,750.00.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT IN THE BUFF COLOR. SCARCE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
There has been some confusion in nomenclature over the years with regard to the shades of the 1861 5c stamps. The three main shades are Buff (67), Brown Yellow (67a) and Olive Yellow (67b). The Buff is the darkest of the three; the Brown Yellow shows strong hints of Yellow; the Olive Yellow is the most distinct and rarest of the three, with strong Olive undertones.
Ex Hinrichs and "Natalee Grace." With 1986 and 2004 P.F. certificates as Brown Yellow. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate as Buff (XF 90; SMQ $3,000.00). Only eight grade higher (all at 95)
EXTREMELY FINE. A DESIRABLE SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT IN THE RARE AND DISTINCTIVE OLIVE YELLOW SHADE. THIS IS THE SCARCEST SHADE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE, AND IT IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
With 2023 P.S.A.G. (90 used) and 2023 P.F. certificates (XF 90).
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE 1861 5-CENT IS EXTREMELY RARE IN THE DISTINCTIVE OLIVE YELLOW SHADE. THIS IS THE SCARCEST SHADE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE, AND IT IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
We have offered approximately a dozen unduplicated examples of the Olive Yellow shade in any condition since keeping computerized records.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $16,000.00), Based on centering alone this would grade higher than 90 -- points were deducted for the negligible corner perf crease.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- A GORGEOUS STAMP.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,750.00). Only four grade higher (all at 98J)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY THE P.F.
With 2022 P.F. certificate (Superb 98).
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE COVER WITH MASONIC FANCY CANCELS, SENT TO A UNION BLOCKADING SHIP IN PORTUGAL AND FORWARDED TO SPAIN.
The U.S.S. St. Louis was an older ship, laid down in 1827. During the Civil War she was re-armed and sailed for Cadiz, Spain, on Feb. 24, 1863. For the next nearly two years she crisscrossed the Atlantic and patrolled the areas around the Canary Islands and the Azores in search of Confederate commerce raiders. This cover was addressed to the St. Louis during one of those missions. She returned to Port Royal on Nov. 26, 1864, for service in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE FRANKING PAYING THE 42-CENT RATE TO JAPAN BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES ON A COVER FROM THE THOREL CORRESPONDENCE.
This cover has the sender's directive "p C/ Boston & Via Marseilles" at upper left. The Inman City of Boston left New York on December 5, but had to put back to New York due to the loss of her rudder and sternpost. Her mails were put on board a later sailing, which explains the two different New York datestamps.
From the Magnolia collection. Ex Vogel.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only five grade higher.
VERY FINE AND RARE SOLO USE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE ON COVER TO FRANCE. FEWER THAN 15 90-CENT COVERS TO FRANCE ARE KNOWN.
This cover was franked in New Orleans for six times the 15c treaty rate to France. In New York it was evidently found to weigh less and so France was credited 60c for the 5-times rate (12c credit to France per weight for transit by French Packet Direct). The additional postage was kept by the United States.
Ex Walske and from our 1981 Rarities sale. With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott value $25,000.00.