Lot 4145 P1869, 1¢-90¢ Pictorials complete, plate proofs on India, complete set of eleven including both 15¢ types, blocks of 4, 1¢, 3¢ & 6¢ left margin blocks on card, 2¢ right margin block with part imprint, ample to most with large margins, rich colors throughout, 24¢ with natural thin spot, an Extremely Fine set, a wonderful complete 1869 Pictorial proof set in far better condition than normally encountered.
Scott No. 112P3-122P3 $5,460.
Lot 4146 o1869, 3¢ ultramarine, complementary blue quartered cork cancel, exceptional centering amid huge margins rarely ever encountered on this issue, gorgeous rich vivid color and a sharp proof-like impression, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo; with 2013 P.S.A.G. certificate Graded (95J, SSV $900 for 95).
Scott No. 114 $16.
AN OUTSTANDING LARGE MARGIN GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1869 3¢ PICTORIAL ISSUE BEARING A COMPLEMENTARY COLOR CANCELLATION.
Lot 41471869, 6¢ ultramarine, vertical bisect, left portion of stamp with large margin, tied by target handstamp on cover to Watervliet Center, N.Y., with matching "Mechanicsville, N.Y., Jul 6" cds; cover slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, ex-Coulter; with 1954 & 1978 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 115b $50,000.
ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 1869 6¢ PICTORIAL ISSUE BISECTED ON COVER - ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC RARITIES OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Current Opening Bid: $26,000
Lot 41481869, 15¢ brown & blue, type II, tied on blue cover to Jarnac, France by bold strike of small eight-point star fancy cancel, matching "San Francisco Cal. Mar 15" cds, red "New York Mar 24" exchange office cds, carried by Ruger's American Line Rising Star from New York Mar. 24th to Havre arriving Apr. 9th, rare red "Et. Unis Serv. Am. V.A. Havre 3 Avril. '70" arrival datestamp (re-use of obsolete 1863 marking), "8" décimes due handstamp, reverse with Paris (4.10) transit and Jarnac (1.11) arrival cds, Very Fine, ex-Walske.
Scott No. 119 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
The 1857 U.S.-French postal treaty expired on Dec. 31, 1869, making it difficult to fully prepay postage between the two countries, and impossible to fully prepay postage to France with U.S. stamps alone (with the exception of the unannounced phantom rate from New York via British mails). This cover was prepaid for the expired 15¢ treaty rate and was sent via the 10¢ American Packet Direct rate, with French postage due on arrival.
Lot 4149 o1869, 24¢ green & violet, light black and trace of red cancels, choice centered with well balanced margins, strong bright colors, Extremely Fine; with 1980 P.F. & 2012 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF 90, SMQ $1,850).
Scott No. 120 $600.
Lot 4150 o1869, 90¢ carmine & black, five bar grid cancel, rich brilliant carmine color, attractively centered amid well balanced margins, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a handsome Pictorial high value; with 2001 & 2019 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (VF-XF 85, SSV $2,750).
Scott No. 122 $1,800.
Lot 4151 o1869 (1875 Re-issue), 2¢ brown, target cancel, rich bright color, wide margins and well centered, Very Fine and choice, scarce with only 4,755 sold; with 2005 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 124 $750.
Lot 41521869 (1875 Re-issue), 10¢ yellow, o.g., very lightly hinged, precision centering amid evenly balanced margins, brilliant color, Extremely Fine to Superb; with 2020 P.F. certificate Graded (XF-S 95, SSV $6,000).
Scott No. 127 $1,600.
AN EXCEPTIONAL LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10¢ PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
Lot 4153 o1869 (1875 Re-issue), 10¢ yellow, neat duplex cancel, beautifully centered amid well balanced margins, brilliant color, Extremely Fine and choice, a choice gem; with 1990 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 127 $1,800.
Lot 41541869 (1875 Re-issue), 90¢ carmine & black, o.g., lightly hinged, exceptional centering amid wide margins, gorgeous rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, an Extremely Fine gem, among of the finest of the 1,356 that were sold; with 1982, 1984, 2002 & 2016 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 132 $3,750.
A TRULY OUTSTANDING LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1869 90¢ PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.