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1861-62 Issues

Lots 771-780 Lots 781-790 Lots 791-800 Lots 801-805

Lot 781    

1861, 1¢ blue, with 1861, 3¢ rose on orange buff cover to Ravenna Oh. prepaying the 1¢ carrier fee to the mails plus 3¢ postage, tied by circular grid duplexes of "Cleveland O Mar 4" cds, 1863 answer docketing; opened at right, Very Fine, a scarce Cleveland carrier use.
Scott No. 63+65    Estimate $200 - 300.

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Lot 782

1861, 1¢ blue, used with two Bank Check 2¢ blue (R5a) singles, each with manuscript "R.I., April 14, 1862" (wrong year) cancel paid the 5¢ tax on an 1863 General Certificate involving the settlement of an estate, although it is not a probate document, manuscript notary public certification at bottom; 1¢ with fold crease, Very Fine, ex-Morrissey.
Scott No. 63    Estimate $150 - 200.

The Revenue Stamp Tax Act of 7/1/1862, effective 10/1/1862 required that almost all legal and commercial documents, as well as some other items (e.g., playing cards, photographs), be taxed. Revenue stamps were to be affixed to show payment of the tax. There was a strong incentive to pay the tax because contracts, promissory notes, and such were not considered legal documents without the stamps. Until 12/25/1862, the law stated that a particular type of document, like a bank check, could only bear a revenue stamp with the particular article, Bank Check printed on its face. After that date, revenue stamps could be used on any type of document, except for the Proprietary stamp.

Postage stamps were never valid (legal) to pay revenue tax, or vice versa, because the money went to two different Federal departments for distinctly different purposes. Nonetheless, due to the unavailability or revenue stamps or other reasons, postage stamps, particularly the 1861 Series, were often used, and were generally accepted as proof that there was no attempt to avoid payment of the tax.

Realized: $130

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Lot 783    

1861, 1¢ blue, group of 19 covers including some cameos, illustrated and blind embossed, 1865 Philadelphia "Franklin Fire Insurance Co." blue cameo, Charles B. Norton Library agent illustrated shaded ad cover and 1863 Grehore & Rodgers Chairs blue cameo carrier covers, Merchants Union Express Company use from Aurora Ill. with 1¢ blue #63 strip of three, Taylor's International Hotel & Saloons of New York blue cameo, etc.
Scott No. 63    Estimate $500 - 750.

Realized: $280

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Lot 784    

1861, 1¢ blue, group of 12 covers with various Due, Held for Postage, Forwarded, Returned to Writer, Missent and Free handstamps, better includes 1863 Philadelphia use with #63 tied by U.S. Penny Mail carrier cds to Member of Congress with "Free" handstamp covering postage; Louisville drop use with #63 tied by circle of wedges forwarded out of town with ms. "Due 3" rating, Boston Mass. double weight drop letter with #63 (2) and blue crayon "4" due rating (2¢ due plus 2¢ penalty), etc., F.-V.F.
Scott No. 63    Estimate $500 - 750.

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Realized: $600

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Lot 785    

1861, 1¢ blue, group of 35 covers with single or double frankings, includes Baltimore, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Providence, Boston, Charlestown, Washington D.C., various New York City with black and red carrier cds incl. Stations C and D, Philadelphia incl. U.S. Penny Mail datestamps; small faults.
Scott No. 63    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

Realized: $725

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Lot 786    

1861, 1¢ blue, group of 25 circular rate usages bearing single frankings except 1863 Boston circular bearing pair, includes legal-size State of Maine Adj. Gen. Office shaded ad cover, Rutland Vt. with blue fancy radial geometric, some illustrated circulars, etc.
Scott No. 63    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

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Lot 787    

1861, 1¢ blue, group of 24 covers bearing frankings of three 1¢ including singles, pairs, vertical and horizontal strips of three, includes one 63b dark blue vertical strip of three (cat. $800 each single) with APS cert., various origins including Chicago Ill., Fort Dodge Ioa., New Berne N.C., Auburn N.Y., Baltimore Md., Brooklyn N.Y., Washington D.C., some cancels including framed "Paid", circle of wedges, grids, Philadelphia patent, etc.; some faults, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 63    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

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Lot 788    

1861, 1¢ blue, group of 33 covers; various town usages, including New Orleans occupied, forwarding with additional 3¢, 2¢ Jackson entire, color cancel, "Paid" straight line handstamp cancelling, etc.; condition varied, generally Fine or better.
Scott No. 63    Estimate $500 - 750.

Realized: $725

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Lot 789    

1861, 1¢ blue, group of 39 covers with single or double frankings, cancels in red, blue and blue, towns including Chicago, Providence, Boston, Middletown Conn., Sandusky O., Nashua N.H., Pawtucket R.I., Malden Ms., Logansport Ind., Greenville S.C., Keene N.H., Hillsdale Mich., Yonkers N.Y., Washington D.C., San Francisco, Westerly R.I., Burlington N.J., etc; some faults, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 63    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

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Lot 790    

1861, 3¢ pink, rich color with exceptional centering and margins, tied by grid handstamp on red and blue flag patriotic cover to Stamford, Conn., matching "Norwalk, Ct., Oct 18, 1861" cds; cover missing side flaps, cleaned and light fold, an Extremely Fine gem stamp on a patriotic cover; with 1993 and 2001 P.S.E. certificates.
Scott No. 64    Estimate $500 - 750.

Realized: $1,500

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