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.
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Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Marty Frankevicz discusses the controversy in Canada over increasing postage rates, the elimination of home mail delivery and the erecting of cluster boxes.
Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
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.