Sale 1179 — United States and Possessions
Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 March, 2018
Category — 1c-3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-11A)
1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6). Position 96R4, large to full margins all around showing the complete Type Ia design characteristics including the complete plumes at bottom, deep rich Plate 4 color, neat strike of blue circular datestamp
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, CANCELLED IN BLUE AND GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
With 2003 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $24,000.00)