From The Calgary Collection of Canada - Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. - March 13, 2018
Lot 1101 -
CANADA, 1851, 3p Red, Laid Paper (1; SG 1). Unused (no gum), huge to large margins all around, extraordinarily fresh color, razor-sharp impression on bright paper showing prominent laid lines
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS, WITHOUT QUESTION, ONE OF THE FINEST SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THE 1851 3-PENCE BEAVER ON LAID PAPER IN EXISTENCE. THE FIRST EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED IN THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS AND A HIGHLIGHT OF THE "CALGARY" COLLECTION.
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 examples believed to exist. Of those, nearly all have tight to touching margins and/or a myriad of faults. This example is the rare exception 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.
Census No. 1-UNC-06. With 1990 Brandon certificate. SG £38,000. Unitrade C$60,000.00....$ 30,000.00
Sold for US$ 23,000
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