Lot 28Baltimore, Md., 1845, 5¢ black on white, showing full framelines at top and right and partial frameline at bottom, on cover to Port Tobacco, Md. from the Mary Floyd correspondence, neat manuscript cancel with blue "Baltimore, Md., Jan 21" cds and matching straight line "Paid" handstamp; couple minor cover corner faults, Very Fine; with 2011 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 3X1 $15,000.
A LOVELY SOUND ON COVER EXAMPLE OF THE 5¢ BALTIMORE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON WHITE PAPER.
Lot 29 oNew York, N.Y., 1845, 5¢ black on bluish, blue manuscript and red town cancels, large to huge margins, deep intensely rich color, Extremely Fine and choice, an exceptional New York Postmasters' Provisional issue; with 2008 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9X1 $500.
Lot 30 ()New York, N.Y., 1845, 5¢ black on bluish, signed A.C.M., position 15, unused, ample to mostly large margins, rich color and crisp impression, remarkably fresh, Extremely Fine, the scarcest of the "ACM" initials believed to written by Marcena Morris, this is one of six known mint examples, all are without original gum, ex- Caspary, Lilly & Grunin; with 1987 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9X1b $4,500 for no gum.
ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN MINT EXAMPLES OF THE 5¢ NEW YORK POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONAL WITH A.C.M. INITIALS.
Lot 31 ()St. Louis, Mo., 1845, 10¢ black on greenish, large beautifully balanced margins, deep color enhancing a crisp detailed impression on fresh pristine paper, an Extremely Fine gem; with 1969, 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF 90).
Scott No. 11X2 $50,000 for no gum.
WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST MINT EXAMPLES OF THE 10¢ ST. LOUIS POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONAL.
Only one other comparable mint example exists - The Frelinghuysen corner margin single. However, that example has a small translucent spot running into the bottom frame line and extraneous ink spots that slightly detract from the overall appearance. In addition, the Frelinghuysen copy has a diagonal margin crease. This stamp hammered at $150,000.00 in Siegel sale 1020, lot 94. The example offered here is free of any such imperfections.