Sale 1243 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 11: British North America
Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 October, 2021
Category — 1851-1859 Pence Issues
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