Eastern Auctions held a sale in Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 29-30, featuring classics from the “Montclair” collection, whose owner sought to assemble one of every Canadian stamp variety in mint condition.
A mint, original-gum 1851 3-penny vermilion Beaver on handmade laid paper (Scott 1) was touted as a rare fault-free example of Canada’s first stamp. Indeed, the sale catalog noted many famous-name collections of the past that lacked this stamp in such condition.
It sold for about $72,000, including the 15 percent buyer’s premium charged by Eastern on all lots.
Similarly elusive sound, unused, laid-paper examples of the 6d slate violet Prince Albert (Scott 2) and 12d black Queen Victoria (3) stamps sold for about $37,600 and $72,000, respectively.
The 1899 provisional bisects, in which the 3¢ carmine value of the Queen Victoria Numeral issue was cut into one-third and two-third pieces and surcharged “1” or “2” by hand (Scott 88B, 88C), were offered as a set.
Produced at the Port Hood, N.S., post office when stocks of those values ran out, the stamps are normally only found postally used on cover. Certified and backstamped as genuine, the rare unused duo sold for $27,900. The 2¢ bisect (two-thirds of a 3¢ stamp) is pictured here.
A mint sheet-margin example of the 1989 $1 Runnymede Library stamp with engraved inscriptions inverted in error (Scott 1181a) sold for about $9,100, while a comparable error on the $2 Provincial Normal School stamp of the same set (1376b) brought $5,600.
October 09, 2015 02:00 PMLinn’s managing editor Charles Snee reported the recovery of a block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional stamp, once part of a block of 10 that was stolen from the Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977. Read More ›
blogThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
blogWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
blogIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman talks about the recovery of a block of three 1845 5¢ New York Postmaster’s Provisional stamps taken in an infamous 1977 stamp heist.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.