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Gem-Quality United States Stamps continued...

1861-66 Issue (Scott 67-78) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1130   Image24c Pale Gray Violet, Thin Paper (70d). Remarkably choice centering for this difficult issue, intense shade and proof-like impression on crisp paper, neat strike of circle of wedges within circle cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE PALE GRAY VIOLET SHADE ON THIN PAPER. A STAMP WITH GREAT VISUAL APPEAL.

Ex Zoellner, "Natalee Grace" and Curtis. With 1994 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (F-VF 75; SMQ $1,650.00). Much better and more valuable than this P.S.E. grade and SMQ value would suggest. (Image)

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$ 3,000.00

SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
1131   Image30c Orange (71). Rich color and detailed impression, Jumbo margins, bold strike of target cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 30-CENT ORANGE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

The 30c is known used very early after the series was issued; the earliest documented use is August 20, 1861. The narrowly-spaced 30c 1861 plate left very little room for the 12-gauge perforations between stamps. Brookman notes "coupled with the fact it is very hard to find a well-centered copy, this color, which always cancels badly, makes a truly superb used copy almost a rarity. I consider it the most difficult stamp of the 1861 Series to obtain in choice used condition". Scott Catalogue also acknowledges the difficulty of obtaining this issue in better condition, stating "Values for No. 71 are for examples with small margins, especially at sides. Large-margined examples sell for much more".

Ex Merlin. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $3,600.00). Only three have graded higher (two at 98, one at 98J) and none share this lofty grade. (Image)

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$ 210.00

SOLD for $1,900.00
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1132   Image30c Orange (71). Brilliant color, well-centered, complete bold strike of Star of David fancy cancel with central dot (S-E ST-6P29) used at New York City foreign-mail office, Extremely Fine strike on a Very Fine stamp, beautiful in every respect, with 2000 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail without premium for the cancellation (Image)

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$ 210.00

SOLD for $2,300.00
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1133   Image90c Blue (72). Radiant color and crisp impression, perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, unobtrusive strike of large Boston "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Ex Merlin. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $13,000.00). Only one has graded higher and three others share this desirable grade. (Image)

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$ 600.00

SOLD for $7,000.00
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1134   Image90c Blue (72). Deep dark color, three extra wide margins, cork cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1996 and 2002 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 575.00

SOLD for $500.00
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1135   Image90c Pale Blue (72a). Beautiful color in the distinctive Pale Blue shade, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, unobtrusive cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT IN THE PALE BLUE SUB-SHADE. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THIS SHADE, AND ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. THIS STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY ONE OTHER.

Most examples of this shade tend to be poorly centered. Only three have graded higher than 80, compared to 49 of the normal shade. A review of The Philatelic Foundation's online records found that most tend to be either defective or poorly centered.

Ex Bowman. With 1994 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other. We are surprised SMQ value is not higher -- this is the same value assigned to the normal Scott 72 shade, which has six graded higher and twelve at this grade. The significantly lower population report numbers for Scott 72a should argue for a much higher valuation. (Image)

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625.00

SOLD for $3,250.00
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1136   Image5c Red Brown (75). Wonderful warm color nicely complemented by blue circular datestamp and part of red cancel at bottom, unusually choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1862 5-CENT RED BROWN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Brookman notes "I consider the used Red Brown to be more scarce than Buff but the Buff is more scarce unused".

With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only six others. (Image)

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$ 515.00

SOLD for $2,800.00
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1137   Image5c Red Brown (75). Brilliant color complemented by a neat red grid cancel, fresh and Very Fine appearance, reperfed at right but not noted on 1998 or 2003 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 485.00

SOLD for $250.00
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1138   Image5c Brown (76). Crisp shade and proof-like impression, well-proportioned margins, unobtrusive strike of cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 5-CENT BROWN. SCARCE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.

Brookman notes "it is far from easy to find a copy that is well-centered". We agree.

Ex Merlin. With 1999 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,350.00). Only two have graded higher (at 95J, ex "Natalee Grace" and 100, realized $6,750 hammer in 2018 Rarities sale). Thirteen others share this grade but they they rarely come on the market -- this is the first we have offered since 2012. (Image)

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$ 120.00

SOLD for $1,300.00
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1139   Image5c Dark Brown (76a). Intense Dark Brown shade, attractive margins and centering, cork and part of "FRANCO" straightline, Very Fine example of this scarce shade, with 1990 and 2002 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 160.00

SOLD for $275.00
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1140   Image15c Black (77). Intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually wide and balanced margins for this difficult issue, neat strike of segmented grid cancel and also trace of red transit cancel at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN IN EXISTENCE. THIS STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY ONE OTHER.

The 1866 15c Lincoln is one of the most difficult denominations to obtain in such choice used condition. The most common barrier to a high grade is the size of the side margins, which are often narrow. The stamp offered here is the exception. It has wide and balanced margins on all four sides, a strong impression, and a neat cancel which leaves the entire design clearly visible.

Ex Merlin. With 2010 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $3,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade. (Image)

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$ 220.00

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction

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