Sale 1243 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 11: British North America

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

Category — 1851-1859 Pence Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
501
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Sale 1243, Lot 501, 1851-1859 Pence IssuesCANADA, 1851, 3p Red, Laid Paper (1; SG 1). Unused (no gum), large balanced margins all around, exceptionally fresh color, razor-sharp impression on bright paper clearly showing prominent laid lines

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST EXISTING UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THE 1851 3-PENCE BEAVER ON LAID PAPER - COMBINING LARGE MARGINS, BRIGHT COLOR AND IN COMPLETELY SOUND CONDITION.

The first Pence Issues of Canada were printed by the New York firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, the same firm that printed the New York Postmaster's Provisional and United States 5c and 10c 1847 Issue. The Pence issues show the same fine quality of engraving that distinguishes the U.S. 1847 Issue. The stamps were printed early in 1851 (3p issued April 23), at the same time that RWH&E's contract for providing United States stamps was coming to an end. The 3p design was executed by Sandford Fleming and engraved by Alfred Jones.

Of interesting note, despite the notoriety of the 12p Black, the 3p Red is far rarer in unused condition with no more than 20 unused believed to exist. Of those, nearly all have tight to touching margins and/or plagued with a myriad of faults. This example is one of the rare exceptions having both large margins and in completely sound condition. A quick review of other major offerings - such as the Dale-Lichtenstein Collection - reveals that even the most advanced collections are without an unused example in this choice quality.

Census no. 1-UNC-05. Ex Cloutier and Gross. With 1992 Greene Foundation and 2010 P.F. certificates. Scott $35,000.00. SG £38,000. Unitrade C$60,000.00

E. 20,000-30,000
57,500