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

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

Category — 5c-10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-35)

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61
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Sale 1096, Lot 61, 5c-10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-35)5c Indian Red (28A). Unused (traces of original gum), extraordinarily intense color in the true 1858 Indian Red shade, wonderful deep impression, three wide margins and perfs barely touch at top

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1858 5-CENT INDIAN RED.

Our search of old auction catalogues and the records of The Philatelic Foundation and P.S.E. yielded only eleven unused examples of Scott 28A. Of these, only five have been described as having any gum whatsoever. These are: 1) the stamp offered in the Whitman sale (Siegel Sale 968, lot 37, realized $130,000 hammer), previously in the 1941 C. A. Brown sale by Harmer, Rooke & Co. where described as "full original gum", also ex 1968 Rarities sale and A. T. Seymour Collection (Siegel Sale 373, Apr. 23, 1970, lot 35) where described as "large part original gum" and 2005 Rarities sale (lot 102, realized $75,000 hammer); 2) the "Ambassador" copy (Siegel Sale 300, Apr. 27, 1966, lot 45A), described as part original gum, also ex "Argentum" (Siegel Sale 807, Feb. 23, 1999, lot 76) where described as "unused (traces of gum)", the stamp offered here; 3) the Caspary/Lilly copy, described in both catalogues as full original gum and with light horizontal crease, offered in our auction of the Hoffman Collection (Siegel Sale 956, lot 35, realized $180,000 hammer); 4) part original gum, light diagonal crease and two small corner creases, ex Geisler and "Laila" (Siegel Sale 972, lot 3039, realized $110,000 hammer); and 5) large part original gum, small corner creases, a new discovery (Siegel Sale 976, lot 1224, realized $95,000 hammer).

Ex Ambassador and Argentum. With 1992 P.F. certificate ("genuine with traces of gum"). Scott Retail $40,000.00 as no gum. Scott Retail as original gum

175,000
57,500