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Rarities of the World


United States - 1869 Pictorial Issue and Re-Issue
 
 
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Lot 3108

1869, 2¢ brown (113), extraordinarily well centered, warm rich color and sharp impression. Full, lightly hinged o.g. Extremely Fine.
Scott $775

A STUNNING GEM- SUITABLE FOR THE FINEST POSSIBLE SET OF MINT 1869S.

Expertization: 2000 P.F. Certificate.

Surprisingly, given its relatively modest catalogue value, the 2¢ 1869 is virtually impossible to locate with this precise centering and in this immaculate state of preservation.

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Lot 3109
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1869, 2¢ brown (113), remarkably well centered with rich color, bright paper and a beautifully struck blue grid cancel. Fresh and choice Extremely Fine.
Scott $105

A TRULY EXQUISITE GEM.

Expertization: 2004 P.S.E. graded (Xf-Sup 95) and 2005 P.F. Certificates.
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Lot 3110

1869, 2¢ brown, diagonal bisected (113c), in pair with normal 2¢ paying the 3¢ domestic letter rate, tied through perf by manuscript cancellation, on small cover to Cocolamus, Pa., original enclosed letter datelined McCulloch Mills, Pa. March 31, 1869; light soiling, bisect with slightly nicked corner, Fine.
Scott $4,000

A NEWLY DISCOVERED BISECT USAGE OFFERED PUBLICLY FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Expertization: 2005 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3111

1869, 3¢ ultramarine (114), amazing centering within extra large and balanced margins, post office fresh color, paper and never hinged original gum. Extremely Fine.
Scott $350 for hinged

THE CENTERING, THE MARGIN SIZE AND THE PRISTINE POST OFFICE FRESH QUALITIES COMBINE TO CREATE ONE OF THE FINEST 3¢ 1869S EXTANT.

Expertization: 1992 and 2001 P.F. Certificates.

Provenance: Floyd

Even though the 3¢ is the most "common" value of the 1869 issue, it is surprising how few gem mint examples are offered. Other than a tiny quantity of the choice split grill varieties from a sheet that was recently broken up, singles in this quality rarely make an appearance.

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Lot 3112

1869, 3¢ ultramarine, split grill (114 var.), perfectly centered with exceptionally wide margins, bright color, post office fresh paper. Never hinged original gum. A Superb gem.
Scott $400 for hinged

AN INCOMPARABLE STAMP FOR THE MOST METICULOUS COLLECTOR OF MINT SINGLES.

Expertization: 1993, 2005 and 2005 P.F. Certificates, latter graded (XF-Sup 95).
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Lot 3113
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1869, 6¢ ultramarine (115), absolutely huge margins for the 6¢ 1869 and wonderful centering within these margins, bright fresh color and paper. Neat target and portion of red cancels. Extremely Fine.
Scott $240

AN EYE-ARRESTING USED SINGLE AND A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.

Expertization: 1995 P.F. Certificate.

The 6¢ value may well be the most difficult in the set to locate in this stellar quality.

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Lot 3114

1869, 12¢ green (117), centered with mathematical precision with wide, perfectly balanced margins, intense color and full, lightly hinged original gum. A choice Extremely Fine gem.
Scott $2,600

AN EXTRAORDINARY MINT 12¢ 1869, UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

Expertization: 1992 and 2001 P.F. Certificates.
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Lot 3115
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1869, 12¢ green (117), choice centering within enormous jumbo margins, neat segmented cork cancel, rich color. Fresh and Extremely Fine.
Scott $160

A TRULY SPECTACULAR JUMBO USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12¢ 1869.

Expertization: 2005 P.F. and graded P.S.E. (XF-Sup 95J) Certificates.
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Lot 3116
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1869, 15¢ brown & blue, type II (119), wonderfully well centered within absolutely huge margins, stunning rich color, small unobtrusive cancel. Extremely Fine.
Scott $275

A SPECTACULAR USED 15¢ TYPE II USED SINGLE— WE DOUBT A FINER CAN EXIST.

Expertization: clear 1992 P.S.E. Certificate.
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Lot 3117

1869, 15¢ brown & blue, type II (119), block of four. Fresh colors and paper. Full original gum. Light creases. Fine, a rare mint block.
Scott $18,500
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Lot 3118
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1869, 15¢ brown & blue, type II, center inverted (119b), nicely centered with perforations well clear all around, bright colors, fairly transparent cork cancel and completely sound. F.-V.F.
Scott $15,000 for a stamp with faults

ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE RARE 15¢ 1869S INVERTS AND ONE OF PERHAPS TEN OR SO THAT ARE COMPLETELY SOUND.

Expertization: 1975, 1991 and 2000 P.F. Certificates.

We estimate that less than 100 of the 15¢ 1869s with inverted center have been reported. The overwhelming majority come with significant faults and/or poor centering.

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Lot 3119
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1869, 24¢ green & violet (120), block of four. Nicely centered, bright colors and paper. Lightly cancelled. Faint corner crease and unnoticeable tiny tear bottom right, a little sensible hinge reinforcement. Very Fine appearance.
Scott $20,000

THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE OF THE 24¢ 1869, AND ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE.

Expertization: 2003 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Lafayette

According to Rose, there are five known used blocks, all of which are blocks of four.

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Lot 3120

1869, 24¢ green & violet (120), used in combination with 12¢ green (117), 6¢ ultramarine (115), and 2¢ brown (113) on fresh Davis correspondence cover to Lima, Peru, cancelled by matching segmented corks, "Portchester N.Y. Jul 20" c.d.s., exchanged with red "New York 12 Jul 21" integral credit c.d.s., reverse with "Lima 8 Ago 1870" arrival c.d.s.; flap tears slightly affecting edge and 2¢ Very Fine, double the 22¢ combined American-British packet rate via Panama effective Mar. 1870 to Nov. 1871.
Estimate 40,000 - 50,000

A STUNNING FOUR-COLOR 1869 ISSUE FRANKING AND ONE OF THE GREAT 24¢ USAGES.

Provenance: Lafayette

Census listing, "A listing of 24¢ 1869 Covers" by Richard Searing in The Chronicle, Feb. 1977, No. 93, p. 68

Census listing, The 1869 Issue on cover: A Census and Analysis, Rose and Searing, 1986, p. 190.

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Lot 3121
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1869, 24¢ green & violet, center inverted (120b), actually quite well centered for the 24¢ invert, fresh rich color, light red cancel. Choice Very Fine for this.
Scott $17,500

GIVEN THE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE CENTERING FOR THIS ERROR, THE RICH COLOR, THE COLORED CANCEL AND THE COMPLETE FREEDOM FROM FAULTS, THIS STAMP CERTAINLY RANKS AMONG THE GREATEST OF THE 24¢ INVERTS.

Expertization: 1957 and 1990 P.F. Certificates.
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Lot 3122

1869, 30¢ ultramarine & carmine (121), fresh example with strong color, used with two 2¢ brown (113) singles on small Davis correspondence cover to Lima, Peru, stamps tied by New York Foreign mail cancellations, red "24" credit handstamp, "Panama AU 30 69" transit, reverse with "Lima 8 Set 869" arrival c.d.s., tiny edge flaws, Fine, the 34¢ combined American-British packet rate via Panama effective Oct. 1867 to Feb. 1870.
Estimate 40,000 - 50,000

THE ONLY RECORDED 1869 30¢ USAGE TO PERU.

Expertization: 1967 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Haas, Lafayette

Census listing and Illustration, "A listing of 30¢ 1869 Covers" by Richard Searing in The Chronicle, Feb. 1978, No. 97, p. 49 & 54, fig. 2

Census listing and Illustration, The 1869 Issue on cover: A Census and Analysis, Rose and Searing, 1986, p. 196 & 202, fig. 2.

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Lot 3123
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1869, 90¢ carmine & black (122), incredibly well preserved, deep color on bright paper, sharp impression, unusually well centered. Light circle of wedges cancel. Extremely Fine.
Scott $2,250

THE EXTRAORDINARY DEPTH OF COLOR, ALONG WITH THE FINELY ETCHED IMPRESSION GIVE THIS STAMP A VISUAL APPEAL FEW OTHERS CAN CLAIM.

Expertization: 1992 and 1993 P.F. Certificates.
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Lot 3124

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 2¢ brown (124), wonderfully well centered, full crisp perforations and brilliant color and paper with a razor sharp impression. Fresh, barely hinged o.g. Extremely Fine.
Scott $800

THE 2¢ RE-ISSUE, SIMILARLY TO ITS REGULARLY ISSUED COUNTERPART, IS MOST DIFFICULT TO LOCATE IN THIS EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION.

Expertization: 2001 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3125

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 3¢ blue (125), distinctive color. Original gum. Fresh and Fine.
Scott $5,500

Expertization: 2005 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3126

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 6¢ blue (126), impeccably fresh and beautifully centered. Full, lightly hinged o.g.
Scott $2,250

WITH ITS LARGE MARGINS AND EXCEPTIONAL FRESHNESS, THIS EXAMPLE RANKS AMONG THE FINEST AVAILABLE 6¢ RE-ISSUE.

Expertization: 2001 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3127

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 6¢ blue (126), near perfectly centered, bright color and paper. Full original gum, lightly hinged. Extremely Fine.
Scott $2,250

AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE DIFFICULT 6¢ RE-ISSUE.

Expertization: 1986 and 2003 P.F. Certificates.
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Lot 3128

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 10¢ yellow (127), near perfect centering, bright golden color. And full o.g. An Extremely Fine gem.
Scott $2,250

EXAMPLES OF THE 10¢ RE-ISSUE THAT ARE THIS WELL CENTERED, WITHOUT FAULT AND THAT HAVE RETAINED THEIR ORIGINAL GUM ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.

Expertization: 1986 and 2002 P.F. Certificates.
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Lot 3129

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 15¢ brown & blue (129), choice centering with exceptionally large margins, prooflike colors and impression. Original gum. Extremely Fine.
Scott $1,900

A SUPERLATIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 15¢ RE-ISSUE.

Expertization: 1994 and 2005 P.F. Certificates, latter graded (XF 90J).
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Lot 3130

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 30¢ ultramarine & carmine (131), beautifully centered within very large margins, brilliant, deep colors on fresh paper. O.g. Extremely Fine.
Scott $3,250

A STUNNING 30¢ RE-ISSUE WITH TREMENDOUS VISUAL APPEAL.

Expertization: 1983 and 1994 P.F. Certificates.
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Lot 3131

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 30¢ ultramarine & carmine (131), well centered with remarkably large margins, brilliant colors and paper. Full original gum, lightly hinged. Extremely Fine.
Scott $3,250

AN EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLE OF THE 30¢ RE-ISSUE.

Expertization: 2004 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3132

1869 (1875 Re-issue), 90¢ carmine & black (132), perfectly centered within large margins, gorgeous, rich colors on bright paper. And full, fresh lightly hinged o.g. Extremely Fine.
Scott $4,750

A SUPERB GEM IN THE FINEST POSSIBLE CONDITION- EXCEEDINGLY RARE THUS.

Expertization: 1984 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3133
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1869 (1875 Re-issue), 90¢ carmine & black (132), unused, incredibly well centered with four enormous margins, rich colors on bright paper. A Superb gem.
Scott $2,500

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE A 90¢ RE-ISSUE THAT CAN RIVAL THIS EXAMPLE'S COMBINATION OF HUGE MARGINS, OUTSTANDING CENTERING AND REMARKABLE FRESHNESS.

Expertization: 1988, 2004 and 2005 P.F. Certificates, latter graded XF-Sup 95.
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