Sale 1231 — The James P. Myerson Collection of Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 9-10 February, 2021

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Category — 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)

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Sale 1231, Lot 74, 1857-60 Issue and 1875 Reprint (Scott 18-47)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Essentially perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, deep shade and proof-like impression nicely contrasted by face-free strike of red 3c credit datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE PERFORATED 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, AND IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

The most recent scholarship regarding the Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. plates used to print the 12c 1851-57 Issue is clearly articulated by James A. Allen in "The 1851 Imperforate (Scott U.S. #17): Plating Updated and Additional New Findings" (The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: a Sesquicentennial Retrospective, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society). Traditionally, the 12c plates are identified as Plate 1 (from which all imperforate and some perforated stamps were printed), Plate 2 (evidently never used) and Plate 3 (which produced stamps that were only regularly issued with perforations). It is highly probable that Plate "3" was the first one made in 1851, but it was put aside and not used until 1859.

Plate 3 stamps (Scott 36B) are characterized primarily by uneven or broken outer framelines of the design. The subjects on Plate 1, which produced Scott Nos. 17 and 36, have even framelines that were extensively recut. Plate 3 stamps with the centering and wide margins evident in this example are very scarce.

Ex Drucker and "Natalee Grace". With 1982 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is equaled by no others

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