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.
blogIn this column in the Aug. 24 issue of Linn’s, I referred to the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa., as a “gift to stamp collectors.” The BNAPS library and the APRL are two of many libraries available to stamp collectors, and some philatelic libraries are available online. Read More ›
blogIt’s often been said that one of the salutary benefits of collecting stamps is the friendships made along one’s philatelic journey. If I were asked to place a value on the bonds thus forged with collectors in locales near and far, I would be rich beyond measure. A few of these hobby friends I have never met in person. Read More ›
blogToday, Nov. 11, 2015, is Veterans Day. Over the years, a number of United States stamps honoring those who have served in our nation’s armed forces have been issued. Read More ›
blogMy previous blog post focused on a mystery: the apparent indentations of paper clips on United States Purple Heart forever stamps that were used to mail payments to the circulation department of my employer, Amos Media in Sidney, Ohio. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses Great Britain’s final stamp issue for 2015, a Star Wars prestige booklet, and reveals what is included in its stamp program for 2016.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses a registered 1967 cover from Qatar that recently sold for almost $1,200 and the latest discovery of an Upright Jenny Invert pane.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman announces that Linn’s has been named official daily publisher of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 and provides an update on the reorganization of the Scott catalogs.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Marty Frankevicz reports on the suspension of Canada Post’s cluster box conversion plan after the election of a new prime minister.
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.