Sale 1096 — The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 28-30 April, 2015

Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
26
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Sale 1096, Lot 26, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)5c Red Brown (12). Part original gum, large even margins, beautiful bright shade and sharp impression, remarkably fresh

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE WITH PART ORIGINAL GUM. ONE OF THE RAREST CLASSIC IMPERFORATE STAMPS IN SOUND UNUSED CONDITION.

The 5c stamp was issued in 1856, five years after the 1c, 3c and 12c values and one year after the 10c were issued. It was typically used to pay the 5c shore-to-ship rate for mail sent overseas and also in multiples for the 10c transcontinental or 15c U.S.-French treaty rates.

With the exception of some rare types of the 1c and 10c, such as Scott Nos. 5 and 16, the 5c stamp is the most difficult denomination to obtain with four margins in sound original-gum condition. The spacing between stamps was very narrow, leaving little margin for error when separating the stamps, which explains why so few examples are known with four margins. When other factors such as gum, color and impression are taken into consideration, the rarity and beauty of the stamp offered here may be fully appreciated.

With 1992 P.F. certificate stating "part o.g."

30,000
9,000