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)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE CHOICEST EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT TYPE I, WHICH WAS FURNISHED ONLY BY THE BOTTOM ROW OF THE PLATE. VERY FEW ORIGINAL-GUM TYPE I STAMPS EXIST, AND THIS IS CERTAINLY AMONG THE FINEST IN TERMS OF COLOR, IMPRESSION AND MARGINS.
Type I stamps come from the bottom 20 positions of the plate. They are the only stamps to show the design complete at bottom. For some reason the sheet margin at bottom was often trimmed away, leaving a dearth of quality copies. The Type IV stamps come from only eight positions, but we would rank the two types equally in terms of the rarity of sound four-margin original-gum copies.
We have offered only one other comparable example in terms of margins and condition, in the Whitman sale.
Ex Golin. "W.H.C." backstamp (Warren H. Colson). With 1985 P.F. certificate