Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022

Category — Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Unused Multiples (Scott 36B)

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Sale 1265, Lot 778, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Unused Multiples (Scott 36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Positions 29-30/39-40L3, block of four with right interpane margin and centerline, original gum, small hinge remnants, well-centered, deep shade

VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE 12-CENT 1857 BLOCK FROM PLATE 3 WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND INTERPANE CENTERLINE MARGIN.

The 12c was printed from the new Plate 3 in 1860. In the fall of 1861, the federal government demonetized all previous issues of postage stamps and replaced them with new stamps that would be distributed only to post offices in loyal states. The purpose of demonetization was to prevent the South from using stamps as a medium of exchange. The demand for the high-denomination stamps in 1860 was limited, and the Civil War demonetization policy cut their lives short. Unused examples would be great rarities today if not for a cache of sheets discovered in Washington, D.C., which had been found in Southern post offices after the war and returned to the Post Office. These sheets were sold to dealer Ferdinand Trifet in 1878, and many of the unused stamps from late pre-war printings come from this source. Despite the survival of unused 1857-61 Issue remainders, key position multiples of Scott 36B from the left pane of Plate 3 are much rarer than those from the right pane.

Ex Waterhouse (1955 sale) and Neinken as a block of eight. With 1972 P.F. certificate for the block of eight and Jim Allen's plating notes. Scott value $5,000.00 for an ordinary block with original gum.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500